|9 Tessa Kuykendall
As a junior (2005) - AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention; All-C-USA Third Team; CoSIDA Academic All-District 6; C-USA Academic Honor Roll... Led the Owls with 137 blocks and was second overall with 364 kills, more than doubling her career kill total in the process... Begins the season ranked third all-time at Rice in block assists (321), fourth in total blocks (399) and fifth in solo blocks (78)... Posted a career high 21 kills against East Carolina while hitting .475 for the match... Recorded a double-double of 14 kills and 12 blocks in a four-game match against Houston... Scored double-digit kills in 22 of 29 matches including a string of 16 straight... Rice's blocking leader in 22 matches... Ranked third in C-USA with 1.21 blocks per game... Earned all-tournament honors at the Rice Invitational and the Illini Classic.
As a sophomore (2004) - All-WAC First Team; Academic All-WAC; 2004 WAC volleyball championships all-tournament team member... Ranked fifth nationally and first in the WAC with 1.74 blocks per game... Ranked second in the WAC with a .321 overall hitting percentage, and was second in league matches with a .337 average... Owls' block leader in 24 of 30 matches... Recorded 171 total blocks on the season, tying for the best single season at Rice... Had the second-best single match ever at Rice with 13 blocks in a five-game match at San Jose State... Recorded 12 blocks twice, both times in four-game matches... Posted kill-block double-doubles twice... Had a season high 15 kills at Nevada... All-tournament at the Roadrunner Invitational.
As a freshman (2003) - Played in 28 matches and 57 games... Recorded 25 solo blocks on the year... Led the Owls in total blocks with 91... Finished the season ranked first in the league in blocks with a 1.60 per game mark... Knocked down 110 kills, including a career-best 10 at Southern Methodist... Hit a team-best .374 on the year (110-25-227)... Posted a career-best four solo blocks at Houston... Recorded nine total blocks at Nevada, three solo and six assists... Had three solo blocks in four matches... Named the Rice newcomer of the year.
At Mercy High School - A 2003 graduate... Three-year letterwinner and starter for head coach Ed Ruhl and the Marlins... Named all-city, all-league, all-Catholic and all-region all three years... Team was the city champions... Named city championships MVP for defense... Named to the all-Metro team... Team was also the Catholic League Championships runner-up... Averaged 3.3 blockers per game as a senior... Played basketball for the Marlins, winning two letters as a two-year starter... Was all-league and all-Catholic... Also played lacrosse for one year... Graduated cum laude with a 3.77 GPA... Was a member of the science club.
Personal - Full name: Tessa Louise Kuykendall... Born: April 1, 1985 at Dearborn, Mich. ... Parents: Bill and Marie Kuykendall of Brighton, Mich. (one brother, one sister)... Rice Major: bioengineering... College: Lovett.