Nov. 27, 2010
Houston - Nancy Cole and Mariah Riddlesprigger each posted 14 kills to lead the Rice Owls to a 3-2 exciting come-from-behind victory over Houston in a Conference USA volleyball match in front of 1,369 fans inside Rice's Tudor Fieldhouse. Houston won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-23, but the Owls regrouped and captured the final three sets 25-21, 25-19, and 16-14. Rice also won the season's first match at UH 3-0.
Rice ends its season at 16-16 overall and 11-9 in C-USA, while Houston falls to 19-13 and 13-7 in league action.
Also in double-figure kills for the Owls were Jordan Meredith with 10 kills and 10 digs, while Laurie McNamara pounded 11 kills. Cole led Rice with a .303 hitting percentage, while Tracey Lam collected a match-high 31 digs.
Houston's Lucy Charuk had a match-high 17 kills and a .350 hitting percentage and Chandace Tryon had 11 kills (.161). As a team, Houston hit .157 with 61 kills and the Owls hit .198 also with 61 kills.
In the first set, UH was behind 7-5 when it scored 9 unanswered points for a 14-7 lead. The Owls closed to 17-14, but could not overcome the Cougars and fell 25-18. Houston hit for 15 kills with a .316 hitting percentage, while Rice tallied 14 kills and a .167 hitting percentage. The Owls' Nancy Cole had a set-high 7 kills, while Chandace Tryon led UH with 4 kills.
The Cougars were trailing 21-19 late in set two when they outscored the Owls 6 to 2 for a 25-23 victory. Rice hit .273 with 13 kills, while UH hit for 16 kills and a .237 hitting percentage. Laurie McNamara led the Owls with 5 kills, as Marluci Toazzi and Lucy Charuk had 4 kills to lead Houston.
Rice won a tightly contested third set 25-21 as both teams had 12 kills. Rice fared only a little bit better than UH in the hitting department at .098 to the Cougars' .067. Cole led Rice with 3 kills and Charuk led UH with 4 kills.
The Owls were 12 to 11 in set four before they went on a mini-run to lead 19-13 and eventually 25-19 by hitting .263 with 14 kills. Houston hit .100 with 11 kills. Rice freshman Mariah Riddlesprigger led both teams with 4 kills.
In a close fifth set, Rice was up 14-11, but could not put the Cougars away as UH scored three straight points to tie the set at 14-14. The Owls received their final two points and the match on back-to-back kills by Nancy Cole and Mariah Riddlesprigger.
It was also the final match for Rice seniors Justyna Brewczyk, Caroline Gill, Meredith Schamun, and Tracey Lam. The quartet concluded their careers with 75 victories and two NCAA appearances (2008 and 2009).