Blazers Beat Rice 3-2 in C-USA Volleyball Action

Nov. 6, 2010

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Houston - For the second consecutive night the Rice Owls lost a tough and hard fought five-set match, this time to Conference USA foe UAB in front of 1,197 fans inside Tudor Fieldhouse. Set scores were 25-19, 21-25, 26-28, 25-22, and 15-11. The Owls are now 1-4 in five-set matches in 2010 as their record is now 14-13 overall and 9-6 in Conference USA play. The Blazers improve to 8-18 on the year and 5-9 in league action. On Friday, Rice lost 3-2 to Memphis.

Rice had three players in double-digit kills led by sophomore Nancy Cole's match-high 16 kills. Jordan Meredith posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 15 digs, while freshman Mariah Riddlesprigger had 11 kills and 17 digs for her second double-double of the season.

Tracey Lam had a match-high 33 digs and Megan White collected 22 digs, while Meredith Schamun posted 51 assists. Also, freshman Megan Shepard served a match-high 3 service aces.

The Blazers also had a trio with double-digit kills. Freshman Ally Slaughter led the squad with 14 kills, while Michelle Uzoh and Sam Serly had 12 and 11 kills respectively.

UAB pulled away from the Owls midway through the first set for a 25-19 win. The Blazers hit .211 with 11 kills, while Rice hit -.022 with 9 kills. Nancy Cole led Rice with 4 kills and Jordan McDonald led UAB with 4 kills as well.

With Cole's 7 kills leading the charge, Rice tied the match with a 25-21 set two victory. The Owls tallied 16 kills to UAB's 12 and hit .123. The Owls were also the beneficiaries of four service errors by the Blazers. Kate Morrell led UAB with 4 kills.

The Owls were up 15-10, when UAB went on an 8-0 run for an 18-15 lead in set three. It was then tied at 20, 22, 24, 25, and 26, before the Owls secured the final two points for a 28-26 win that was punctuated by a Mariah Riddlesprigger smash. Riddlesprigger along with Jordan Meredith had 4 kills for the Owls (17 kills; .229). UAB with 15 kills and a .146 hitting percentage was led by Ally Slaughter's 5 kills.

Set four saw the Owls jump out to an early 6-2 lead. The Blazers did battle back and went in front 20-17 before winning 25-22.

UAB hit .265 with 14 kills to Rice's .167 and 13 kills. Slaughter and Sam Serley led the Blazer attack with 4 kills, while Megan Shepard had 3 kills for Rice.

In the fifth set, UAB led 8-3 before the changeover and was ahead 10-4 before Rice rallied with five straight points to be down 10-9. The Blazers then pulled away for a 15-11 margin. UAB led with 8 kills with a .125 hitting percentage, while Rice had 6 kills and a .000 hitting percentage.

Rice hosts Marshall at 5 p.m. next Friday, Nov. 12 and East Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.





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