Volleyball Falls In Five Sets To Marshall
Nov. 13, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Despite a night in which Chelsey Harris set a career-high with 21 kills, the Rice Owls volleyball team was unable to get over the hump against the Marshall Thundering Herd Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse, falling in five sets (17-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-12, 13-15) for just their fourth home loss this season.
Rice (21-8, 11-4) outgained Marshall (15-15, 9-6) in attacks (181-168), kills (67-61), assists (67-58) and blocks (10.0-9.0) but were unable to overcome Marshall's attack of four players in double-figure kills.
"Well, we just didn't do the little things right tonight and it cost us," Rice head coach Genny Volpe said. "I thought it took too long for our players to adjust to certain players defensively. Marshall fought and bounced back after set four and executed the simple things well. They took advantage of our moments of lack of execution. We will need to play with a stronger sense of urgency on Saturday."
Harris led all players with 21 kills on 46 attacks (.348) and in the process surpassed 500 career kills. Sophomore Leah Mikesky tallied her team-leading 16th double-double (15 kills, 10 digs) of the season and Sara Blasier registered 53 assists. Defensively, senior Daniela Arenas finished with a season-high 23 digs.
Marshall was led offensively by Ally Kiekover, who led the Herd with 19 kills on 31 attacks (.581) while Lauren Legge finished with 18 kills. Setter Sammie Bane matched Blasier with 53 assists.
After Marshall took the opening set, 25-17, the Owls responded in set two by hitting .314 while holding Marshall to just .250 and tie the match with a 25-21 win. The Herd came and led from almost start to finish in the third set, breaking a 7-7 tie and never relinquishing the lead.
Rice played their best set of the night in the fourth game, leading throughout en route to a 25-12 victory. The Owls hit .344 for the set, led by seven kills from Harris to force the fifth and deciding set.
After teams traded points and 10 ties, the Herd took the lead for good on a kill from Elysa Panick. Rice managed to cut the deficit to 14-13 but Legge hit a soft game-winning kill to seal the victory for Marshall.
The Owls will next host C-USA leading UTSA on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Senior Day. Before the match Rice will honor the careers of seniors Daniela Arenas, Lizzy Bache and Jillian Humphrey.