Volleyball Hosts HBU, Missouri and NC State In Tournament
Rice Invitational II Runs From Sept. 13-14
Sept. 12, 2013
Volleyball Comes Back To Defeat HBU 3-1
HOUSTON- Rice hit .300 in order to down Houston Baptist 3-1 at Tudor Fieldhouse on Friday. The Owls received a career-high 21 kills from Laurie McNamara to down their cross-town opponent.
Rice has won all six matches it has played against Houston Baptist, including a 3-1 victory last season
HBU Head Coach Trent Herman was an assistant coach for Genny Volpe at Rice from 2005-09. Last season's Rice win was the first time Volpe faced one of her former assistants
Rice has won its last 13 matches against foes from the Southland Conference, dating back to 2008, and has won 20 straight sets against Southland opponents since 2010. The Owls defeated Southland opponents Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sept. 6 and Lamar on Sept. 10
Missouri has won the only two matchups between the Tigers and Rice. Missouri took a 3-0 victory in Malibu, Calif. in the teams last meeting
NC State and Rice have split their only two meetings, with Rice taking the last matchup in five sets during the 2000 season.
Rice and NC State's baseball teams met in the 2013 NCAA Super Regionals, with NC State winning the series on two one-run wins
NC State and Missouri are two of the 28 schools nationally unbeaten entering this week. At least one of them will fall before facing Rice, as they face off at 1 p.m. on Friday.
About Rice Volleyball
Rice was the preseason pick to win C-USA by the league's coaches
Lizzy Bache was named All-Rice Invitational I for her .404 hitting percentage, 30 kills, and four service aces in the tournament
Rice played LSU to a four-set loss, but had two thrilling sets, winning a 28-26 first set, and dropping a 31-29 fourth set, the Owls' longest set since September 15, 2012
The Owls have played three five set matches this season (0-3 record), including the first two matches of the year. Rice played six five set matches in 2012, going 3-3 in those matches
Rice had chances to take their other two losses to a fifth set, having a tie at 24-24 in the fourth set against both Santa Clara and LSU before losing the set and the match
Two times this season Rice has had four players with double figure kills in the same match:Jillian Humphrey, Megan Murphy, Chelsea Harris & Mariah Riddlesprigger against Fresno State; Noelle Whitlock, Humphrey, Lizzy Bache & Stephanie Mendivil against UALR
Ten Players have reached double figure kills or digs in a match this season
Rice is seeking its sixth consecutive .500-or-better season
Rice's schedule includes 16 matches (13 remaining) against RPI Top 150 teams from 2012 and 13 matches (11 remaining) against 20+ win teams in 2012. The Owls play 19 matches in the state of Texas this season.
Volleyball Season Tickets remain on sale, starting at $50 for adults and $99 for a family four pack