Nov. 18, 2011
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Freshman Jillian Humphrey smacked a career-high 17 kills as Rice came from behind to beat Southern Miss 3-2 Friday night in Conference USA volleyball action.
Southern Miss (15-15, 9-9) won set one 25-16, Rice (17-12, 12-6) captured set two 25-13, and the Golden Eagles took a 2-1 lead with a 25-22 victory in set three. The Owls regrouped and tied the match at 2-2 with a 25-17 win in set four with 15 kills and a .424 hitting percentage. The fifth and deciding set was a battle of attrition with Rice prevailing 17-15.
Humphrey hit a team-high .429 with only 2 errors with 7 blocks. Her previous career-best was16 kills vs. Delaware in first collegiate match.
Also in double-digit kills were Nancy Cole and Mariah Riddlesprigger with 13 kills apiece, while Laurie McNamara added 11 kills and 7 blocks. Cole also had 4 block solos and 2 block assists. Riddlesprigger also collected 13 digs for a double-double.
For the match, Rice totaled 68 kills and a .280 hitting percentage. USM hit for 70 kills, but only had a .210 hitting percentage.
The Golden Eagles were led by Ashley Mells' 20 kills (.113), while Halie Ecker had 14 kills.
Rice now plays at Tulane on Sunday at 1 p.m.