2,684 student-athletes were named to the Honor Roll
88 Student-Athletes were honored.
Mikesky selected MVP
Records second-straight 20-win season
Snap Lady Toppers 17-match win streak
The Rice volleyball seniors discuss their feelings going into Senior Day.
2015 (Sr.): Became just the 16th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career digs on Sept. 18, 2015 ... named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (9/21) ... finished career in seventh place on the school's all-time career digs list (1,243) ... sixth all-time in school history in career digs per set (3.13) ... played in 96 sets ... recorded 10 or more digs in 21 of 24 matches, including a career-high 25 digs vs. North Texas (10/21) ... named to the Baylor Classic All-Tournament Team as the Best Libero ... established a career-high with a team-leading 375 total digs and 3.91 digs per set.
2014 (Jr.): Selected to the Courtyard Midtown All-Tournament Team ... earned the Owls' Commitment Award ... tied for the team lead with 19 service aces, including a team season-high four aces vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Aug. 30) ... played in 108 sets, making 12 starts ... recorded 10 or more digs in 17 matches ... had a season-high 20 digs in a win at North Texas (Oct. 1) ... posted 19 digs in a victory vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Sept. 9) ... named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2013 (So.): Named the Owls Most Valuable Player ... ranked 20th in league play with 3.0 digs per set ... played in 22 matches, making 10 starts ... tied for the team lead with 16 service aces ... third on team with 258 digs ... recorded double-figures in digs 16 times, including a season-high 19 at FAU (Nov. 1) ... finished with a .964 reception percentage ... had six aces at Tulsa (Oct. 4) ... finished with a 1.000 reception percentage in 13 matches ... named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2012 (Fr.): Selected the Rice Newcomer of the Year ... Played in 30 matches, starting 11 as a defensive specialist ... Posted 2.62 digs/set ... Had a .964 reception pct ... Compiled 14 double digit dig matches and two 20+ dig matches ... Had 25 7+ dig matches ... Averaged 2.67 digs per set against regionally-ranked teams ... Posted 10 digs in her collegiate debut against Air Force (Aug. 24) ... Earned 14 digs against Arkansas State (Aug. 25) ... Compiled 15 digs at UTSA (Aug. 28) ... Nine digs against Sam Houston State (Sept. 4) ... Posted three service aces and 12 digs against North Dakota (Sept. 7) ... Posted 11 digs against Houston Baptist (Sept. 14) ... Notched 10 digs against Texas Tech (Sept. 15) ... Posted 20 digs, 17 receptions and three assists at UAB (Sept. 23) ... Had 23 digs, two assists, and 20 receptions against Tulsa (Sept. 30) ... Collected 11 digs against UTEP (Oct. 5) and Marshall (Oct. 12) ... Picked up 12 digs at Tulsa (Nov. 9) ... Notched 17 digs and three assists against Houston in the C-USA Tournament (Nov. 16) ... Named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
High School: 2012 graduate of Incarnate Word High School... Four-year starter and letterwinner for the Shamrocks under coach Nicole Gonzalez... Shamrocks posted a winning record of 141-36 during her career (33-13, 2011; 41-5, 2010; 36-6, 2009; 31-12, 2008)... Served as team captain in 2009, 2010, 2011... TAPPS 2-5A 2nd Team All-District, Newcomer of the Year as freshman... In 2009, TAPPS 2-5A First-Team All-District, Northeast Independent School District All-Tourney Team, San Antonio Express-News Game Ball Recipient, Lonestar Volleyball All-Texas Team Special Recognition, Prep Volleyball Sophomore 79 Special Mention... As a junior in 2010, TAPPS 2-5A First Team All-District, 2-5A District Player of the Year, TAPPS 5A All-State First Team, TAPPS 5A All-State Tournament Team, TAPPS All-Star Game Nomination, TAPPS First-Team All-State Academic Team, San Antonio Express-News Private School Most Valuable Player, San Antonio Express-News All-Area Super Team, NEISD Invitational Tournament Most Valuable Setter, NISD Invitational Most Valuable Setter, Seguin Invitational Tourney All-Tournament Team, Houston Tornado's Private and Parochial School Tournament, Most Valuable Player, San Antonio Express-News Player of the Week, San Antonio Express-News Game Ball, SA Sports.com Athlete of the Month for October, Incarnate Word High School Most Valuable Player, Lonestar Volleyball All Texas Team Honorable Mention... In 2011, TAPPS 2-5A All-District First Team, TAPPS 2-5A Most Valuable Player, NEISD Invitational Tourney Most Valuable Setter, TAPPS 5A First-Team All-Academic, TAPPS 5A All-State Tournament Team, TAPPS 5A All-State First Team, San Antonio Express-News Private and Parochial Most Valuable Player (second consecutive year), San Antonio Express-News All Area Super Team (second consecutive year), TAPPS All Star Game Nomination, SA Sports.com Private and Parochial Athlete of the Year, Prep Volleyball Senior Aces, Prep Volleyball All-American Team Honorable Mention, Lonestar Volleyball All Texas Team Honorable Mention, Under Armour All-American Watch List, finalist for the Andi Collins Award (for the nation's best senior setter)... Individual honors for Alamo Volleyball Association include in 2007, team captain, Alamo 14 Kaepa Open Team... For 2008, chosen to play on Alamo 17 Kaepa Open Club Team as a 15-year-old setter... Team captain Alamo 16 Kaepa Open Team (2009)... In 2010, team captain, Alamo 17 Kaepa Open Team, Lonestar Regionals Runner Up, USAV Junior Olympics All Tournament Team American Division... Team captured 2007 USAV Big South Qualifier First Place National Division... 2008 AAU 17 Open National Championship Runner-Up... 2010 USAV Junior Olympics and third-place American Division... National Honor Society member 2011 and 2012, class secretary (2009 and 2012), Academic High Honors all four years, 2010 Academic Award for highest GPA in Latin Studies... Mu Alpha Theta recipient.
Personal: Full name: Kimberly Maria Vaio... Born: Jan. 28, 1994... Parents: Bruce and Cindy Vaio (two brothers)... Father, Bruce, played baseball for University of Denver (1978-1982)... Mother, Cindy, was a cheerleader for University of New Mexico (1976-1978)... Brother, David, played baseball for St. Mary's University (2006-2009)... Sister-in-law, Samantha Weber Vaio, played volleyball for New Mexico (2005 and 2006) and for St. Mary's University (2007 & 2008) earning Division II All-American... Rice College: Baker
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