Oct. 9, 2013
Sunday's match is also the annual Dig Pink event, as Rice teams up with the Side-Out Foundation to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match and visit Rice's Dig Pink page. The Owls will also have t-shirts available for sale at the contest.
Volleyball Falls To Marshall
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.-Marshall downed Rice 3-0 on Friday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center. Nancy Cole posted her sixth straight match with 10+ kills.
Rice has won five of the last seven meetings with Marshall dating back to 2009, but slipped up in a 3-0 setback in last season's lone contest.
In Huntington last year, Nancy Cole pounded out 11 of the Owls' 38 kills and four players notched double-figure digs, but the Thundering Herd's seven blocks and six aces helped close out three tight sets for the win.
In three matches against Marshall, Lizzy Bache averages 2.33 kills per set with a .283 hitting percentage. Jillian Humphrey adds 1.2 blocks per set in three matches, while Kimberly Vaio and Noelle Whitlock dug 3.67 digs per set in their first action against the Thundering Herd last season.
After a pair of road wins at Florida Atlantic and FIU to open the conference slate, Marshall split home matches against Tulane (L, 3-0) and LA Tech (W, 3-0) last weekend. The Herd has won four of its last five outings, led on offense by Laura Der's 3.18 kills per set.
Scouting the 49ers (10-9, 0-4 Conference USA)
Rice and Charlotte have never met on the court. Charlotte freshman Claire Kreutz hails from Boerne, Texas, where she likely crossed paths with Rice's Vaio, a San Antonio native.
Head coach Chris Redding leads the 49ers in his seventh season at the helm. The New York native previously coached at Appalachian State from 1999-2002.
The 49ers have dropped four-straight matches in conference action and seek their first C-USA win. The squad is 3-3 on the road this season and 0-2 in road league matches, following opening weekend setbacks at FIU and Florida Atlantic.
Amanda Videmsek leads the offense with 3.24 kills per set while adding 2.18 digs and 1.01 blocks per set as well. As a team, the 49ers hold opponents to a .187 hitting percentage and the team's 15.21 digs per set ranks third in the league. Michelle Hovey ranks second in C-USA with 4.97 digs per set.