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Volleyball Falls to Rice, 3-0

Elizabeth Rinaudo became the 15th member of the 1,000-dig club.

Nov. 2, 2012

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HOUSTON, Texa - The Southern Miss volleyball team had its two-match winning streak snapped with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 15-14) loss at Rice on Friday night.

The Golden Eagle offense produced only 27 kills on the night led by Lydia Bonner with six. Elizabeth Rinaudo recorded 20 digs and reached the 1,000-dig mark in her career during the process. Halie Ecker added 11 digs.

Rice took the opening set 25-18, holding Southern Miss to .051 hitting and allowing only nine kills.

The Golden Eagles offense improved during the second set, recording 12 kills on .132 hitting. Southern Miss led 22-18 when Rice ended the set outscoring USM 7-1 for the 25-23 win.

Rice opened the third set with a 4-1 lead and never looked back. The Owls finished with 15 kills while hold the Eagles to just six on -.054 hitting as Rice took the final set, 25-14.

Rice placed two players with double figure kills as Nancy Cole led the way with 14 and Jillian Humphrey added 13. Four players tallied 10 or more digs led by Noelle Whitlock with 12 followed by Megan Murphy, M. Riddlespringger and Daniela Arenas with 11 digs each. Rice collected 46 kills on .210 hitting, 56 digs and 10.0 team blocks.

Southern Miss will play at Houston on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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