Sept. 13, 2013
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HOUSTON- Daniela Arenas posted the fourth-highest single match dig total in school history as Rice's volleyball squad won its second straight match with a 3-1 defeat of Houston Baptist on Friday.
Arenas' 35 digs represent a career-high, and she is only the third Rice player to reach 35 digs in a single match, joining two-time All-American Tracey Lam (who did it three times) and Nicci Yarber. Noelle Whitlock (11) and Lindsay Daniel (10) also reached double figures in digs, with Daniel setting a career-high.
The Owls (3-5) won their 14th straight match against a Southland Conference school, defeating a Houston Baptist (5-4) squad, coached by former Rice assistant coach Trent Herman, for the second consecutive season by the same 3-1 margin. The schools meet again on Nov. 7 at Houston Baptist's Sharp Gym.
Jillian Humphrey led the Owls with 21 kills, setting a season-high and becoming the first Rice player to have 20+ kills this season. Humphrey hit 341 for the match, and moved into 10th on Rice's career blocks list with five for the match and 317 for her career.
Rice got six kills from Tyler Jenkins, who had 14 kills in the match, in the first set, but was down 22-21 to the Huskies before coming back on a 4-0 run to take the first set 25-22.
HBU came back in a second set that featured 12 tie scores to win the set 26-24, which snapped Rice's 21-set winning streak against the Southland Conference.
Seven Jillian Humphrey kills led the Owls to a 25-21 third set victory. Tyler Jenkins added in three kills in the set, including on set point.
Rice took the final set, which had 13 tie scores, 25-22 to clinch the match.
Rice returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday night against Missouri.