Sept. 21, 2010
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Houston - The Rice Owls volleyball team swept the Houston Cougars 3-0 in the first Conference USA match of the season held at UH's Athletic Alumni Center in front of 554 fans. Sets scores were 25-23, 25-20, and 25-21.
With the win Rice improves to 6-7 overall and is in first place with a 1-0 C-USA record. The Cougars are 6-7 as well and 0-1 in league play.
"We knew coming in it would be a tough match," commented Rice mentor Genny Volpe. "UH is a tough and athletic team and I knew we would be challenged and our consistency tested. The nice thing about tonight's win was when we were under pressure we did not fold.
"We also received some inspirational plays from Tracey Lam. UH has great middles and our thought middle blockers did an awesome job and we needed that effort to win this match."
Rice sophomore middle blocker posted three block assists and was second only to Rice's Ashleigh McCord with 12 kills and a superb .455 hitting percentage.
McCord, a junior outside hitter, pounded a match-high 13 kills with 14 digs, while junior Jordan Meredith had 9 kills and a match-high .533 hitting percentage.
As a team Rice tallied 45 kills with a .215 hitting percentage to UH's 32 kills and .107 hitting percentage. The Cougars were led by Lacy Charuk's 9 kills.
Owl libéro Tracey Lam dug up a match-high 25 digs and setter Meredith Schamun had a match-high 38 assists.
In a tightly contested first set in which points were traded, Rice received clutch kills the junior duo of McCord and Jordan Meredith to pull away late. McCord led all hitters with a set high 8 kills and Nancy Cole contributed 5 kills to lead Rice.
The Owls tallied 19 for the set and hit .295 to UH's 11 kills and .158 hitting percentage. Houston did accumulate four team blocks and was led by Chandace Tryon's 5 kills and .625 attack percentage.
The Owls and Cougars were tied at 11 before Rice went on a 6-1 run to distance itself for a 17-12 lead. The Owls would stay on the accelerator for a 23-16 lead before winning 25-20.
Rice freshman Megan Shepard posted a set two-high 6 kills in 6 attacks for a 1.000 hitting percentage.
Set three saw the Rice Owls down 12-8 before rattling off seven points for a 15-12 lead. UH battled back to tie it at 17, before Rice surged ahead 23-20 and then won 25-21. Cole had a big set with 5 kills and two block assists for Rice.
The Owls now ready for two matches this weekend at Southern Miss, one on Friday and one on Saturday. Start time is 7 p.m. for both matches.
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