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Final Sunday, the No. 21 Rice volleyball group swept Louisiana Tech College on Senior Day, successful three straight units and recording the second-highest hitting proportion they’ve had this season at 0.432.
Head coach Genny Volpe stated that the group’s focus and drive on Sunday’s sport is attributed, not less than partly, to Senior Day and the lasting impression of the senior gamers, particularly the group’s fifth-year seniors, setter Carly Graham and center blocker Anota Adekunle.
“Often on Senior Day, it’s a reasonably targeted day. The group has no downside getting motivated to play for his or her seniors, particularly this group of seniors,” Volpe stated. “We’ve been very profitable over the past 5 years. Carly and Anota helped begin that custom of success — they only are winners. They got here in and made an instantaneous impression [as freshmen].”
Rice began off working, taking the primary set 25-12 and the second 25-13. LA Tech got here out combating within the third set, holding an 8-6 lead, however the Owls went on a 7-1 run to reclaim the lead and full the sweep with a 25-15 third set victory.
Graham, who led all gamers within the sport with 35 assists, stated that the group was happy with their victory.
“I feel all of us felt actually good about it,” Graham stated. “We have been simply having enjoyable. That was one in all our greatest targets, was simply to go on the market and have enjoyable.”
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Adekunle additionally stated that one other one of many group’s targets this season has been to construct their group dynamic.
“That’s one factor that was actually huge for us as properly — simply ensuring we have now group chemistry,” Adekunle stated. “The bond we’ve constructed already is simply superb [and] unbreakable. So it’s all the time nice to exit and know that we are able to rely on folks and have one another’s backs all the time.”
Amid the group’s current sweeps, Volpe stated she hopes to maintain up this momentum within the coming matches.
“We’ve swept the previous few matches, so which means we’re taking part in fairly clear volleyball … Western [Kentucky University] is subsequent, and that’s going to be an enormous sport. It all the time is, and it’s at their place,” Volpe stated. “In order that’s a troublesome place to play, however we’re taking part in for a convention championship.”
The group has two extra matches on their common season schedule and might want to win each video games to earn a convention common season title. Their subsequent sport shall be towards No. 22 Western Kentucky College on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
“We actually attempt to take it sooner or later at a time, one match at a time,” Volpe stated. “I feel if we are able to proceed to maintain that focus, then issues are wanting fairly good.”