Nov. 16, 2012
TULSA, Okla.- Rice fell 3-2 to Houston in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament. Nancy Cole had 19 kills in her final collegiate game.
"We knew it was going to be a challenge playing Houston, and quite frankly, anyone in the top eight," said Rice head coach Genny Volpe. "We're still a little inconsistent at times, and it definitely came out today."
"I'm proud of the team for our first-ever finish in sole possession of second place," commented Volpe when asked about the season. "We've got a ton of young talent on the team so we're very optimistic for the future."
The No. 2 seed Rice (19-12) sees its tournament run end, while Houston (9-18) advances to the semifinals.
Nancy Cole posted 19 kills, hitting .326 on the evening. She added three blocks to her total.
C-USA Setter of the Year Megan Murphy posted her 14th double-double of the season. She had 47 assists and 17 digs. Murphy had 30+ assists in every game against C-USA competition this season and 11 40+ assist efforts.
Daniela Arenas posted 26 digs, one off her career-high, her second 20+ dig effort in the Reynolds Center in a week's time, after posting a career-high 27 against Tulsa last Friday.
Kimberly Vaio (17) and Noelle Whitlock (11) also posted double digit kills for the Owls.
Rice took five of the last eight points to win the first set 25-23. The Owls received five kills from Noelle Whitlock in the first set, including the set winner.
The Owls battled back from an 11-6 deficit to take the second set 25-19. Rice held its cross-town rival to -.026 hitting in the second set.
The Cougars came back to take the third set 25-21, and the fourth set by the same score.
Houston won the tiebreaker 15-12.