HUNTSVILLE – Sarah Hazelwood posted 12 kills to lead Sam Houston State as the Bearkats fell in four games to the Rice Owls 25-16 13-25 23-25 25-20 in a non-conference volleyball match at Johnson Coliseum Tuesday night.
Rice (3-1) was held by Karyn Morgan and Jessica Holderness who each had 12 kills. Natalie Bogan added nine kills.
Jennifer McClean helped Rice to break open the first set as the Owls won six straight points on her serve to jump out to a 17-9 lead.
Sam Houston held leads three times in the second set, the last at 8-7 before Tracey Lam helped the Owls run off four straight points on her serve to take an 11-9 lead.
The third set was tied 14 times before Haley Thomas’s kill gave Sam Houston a 24-23 lead. SHSU won the set after a ball handling error by Meredith Schamun.
Rice produced 13 kills in 35 attempts, never trailing in the fourth set.
Sam Houston (2-3) also got six kills from Carli Kolbe and Thomas.
The Bearkats now head on a month long road trip which begins at the Loyola of Chicago tournament this weekend.