TUCSON, Ariz. - Montana State held on to defeat Rice in five games (30-28, 30-21, 17-30, 26-30, 15-10) in the second match of the Four Points Sheraton Wildcat Classic at McKale Center this afternoon.
Montana State was out-hit .155 to .144 and out-blocked 10-8, but tallied more digs than the Owls.
The Bobcats were led by Laura Viren and Raelene Purnell with 14 kills apiece. Patti Anderson also tallied a match-high 25 digs.
Rice was led by Tessa Kuykendall with 19 kills and setter Rachel Lopez weith 48 assists. Five players notched 10 or more digs.