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.
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.