Volleyball Adds McDaniel
Jan. 13, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas - Madison McDaniel, a 6-0 setter, has transferred to play volleyball at Rice University, head coach Genny Volpe announced Tuesday. McDaniel, from The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS), played her freshman season at Arizona State.
"Madison is a key addition to our team at the setting position," Rice head coach Genny Volpe said. "She is an outstanding athlete and competitor that can play at a very high level. She has size, speed, versatility to her game, and solid jumping ability. She also could prove to be one of the best blocking setters we've ever had in our program. We are very excited to have her here this spring to learn our system and get comfortable with the team."
McDaniel appeared in 25 sets in 2014 as both a setter and an outside hitter. She registered 23 kills (0.92 set) with 14 digs and 12 blocks. McDaniel started at setter in an exhibition against Canada's Mount Royal University and recorded 34 assists. Later in the season she set a career-high with seven kills against California.
While playing for head coach Leslie Madison at the Woodlands High School, McDaniel was part of a Highlanders team that won the 2013-14 5-A State Championship, while going a perfect 43-0. McDaniel totaled 647 kills and 642 digs combined during her junior and senior seasons. She was a 2013 and 2014 Lonestarvolleyball.com All-Texas 2nd Team selection, as well as a 2012 first team all-district selection. In 2011 McDaniel was named a first-team all-district Newcomer of the Year in Division 14-5A.
The Owls are coming off a season in which they went 23-10, 11-5 and advanced all the way to the Conference USA Championship title game.