Nacogdoches - Sam Houston completed action in the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday with a pair of four set losses to Rice and North Dakota.
Senior outside hitter Carli Kolbe led the Bearkats in both matches, totaling 18 kills in 47 attempts and 12 digs in the loss to the Owls and 12 kills and 13 digs in the loss to the Sioux.
Nancy Cole, Laurie McNamara and Margaret Riddlesprigger each totaled 11 kills to lead Rice to a 25-22 25-17 22-25 25-19 victory.
North Dakota rallied for a 23-25 25-28 25-16 25-14 win. The two losses dropped Sam Houston to 7-7 for the year.
Kim Black earned all-tournament honors for Sam Houston.
In the Rice match, Kelli Stewart added 10 kills for Sam Houston, Kim Black totaled eight kills and Haley Neisler had six.
Every set was a struggle. The first set was tied 11 times, the last at 16-16 thanks to a kill by Kendall Cleveland. Rice closed the frame by winning nine of the next 15 points.
A winning attack by Stewart in the second set gave Sam Houston a 16-15 lead. But Rice bouned back to win six straight points in a set that was tied 13 times with seven lead changes.
The Bearkats took an early 10-9 lead on a kill by Deveney Wells-Gibson and never trailed again totaled 16 kills in 48 attempts during the frame for Sam Houston's only set victory of the match in the third.
Early in the fourth, Sam Houston looked ready to force a fifth set, jumping out to a 9-6 lead, but Rice finished out the match with a 19-10 run to up their season mark to 4-6.
Tayler Gray led the Bearkat defense with 13 digs. Camille Alfaro added 10 more. Kym Loving totaled 45 assists as the Bearkats' setter.
Kaylee Hawkins added nine kills and Black totaled eight in the loss to North Dakota.
The SFA tournament completed the non-conference portion of Sam Houston's 2011 schedule. The Bearkats won their first Southland Conference match Friday night with a five-set win over SFA.
Sam Houston plays host to defending league champion Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Thursday night when the SHSU volleyball team returns to Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum for the first time since August 27.