Nov. 13, 2010
Houston - With a balanced attack, the Rice Owls volleyball team defeated East Carolina 3-1 (25-21, 25-9, 22-25, 25-9) Saturday night inside Tudor Fieldhouse. With the victory, Rice moves to 15-14 on the season and 10-7 in Conference USA action, the Pirates are now 1-27 on the year and 0-16 in C-USA.
Mariah Riddlesprigger led Rice with 13 kills, while Jordan Meredith and Megan Shepard had 12 kills apiece, and Nancy Cole contributed 10 kills. Rice outhit ECU 59 kills to 34 and sported a .282 hitting percentage to ECU's .076.
ECU was led by Amanda Lutzow's 10 kills.
The Owls went ahead late in a tightly contested first set to win 25-21. Megan Shepard led Rice with 5 kills as Jordan Meredith added 4 kills. Rice connected on 16 kills for a .323 hitting percentage. ECU had 12 kills and a .214 hitting percentage and was led by Britney Roper's 5 kills.
Rice cruised to a 25-9 set victory with 13 kills and a .400 hitting percentage. Mariah Riddlesprigger led the Owls with 4 kills. The Pirates only tallied 7 kills and hit -.033 for the set.
ECU held a 19-12 lead in the third set, but Rice put together a nice rally to cut it to 21-19. A Jordan Meredith ace brought Rice to within two at 24-22, but ECU got the final kill for the 25-22 win. The Owls only hit .180 with 18 kills, while the Pirates, with 12 kills, hit .262. Meredith, Riddlesprigger, and Cole all had 4 kills for the Owls, while Amanda Lutzow had 4 kills for East Carolina.
In the fourth set, Rice jumped out to a 6-1 lead en route to 25-9 win. The Owls were led by the freshmen duo of Riddlesprigger and Shepard with 3 kills each as Rice hit .280. ECU could only muster 3 kills and hit -.194.
Rice is on the road next weekend when it plays at Tulsa on Friday at 7 p.m. and at SMU on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Owls' last match of the season is at home vs. Houston at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 27.