Jan. 28, 2011
The Rice volleyball program honored several of its players during its annual awards banquet. The Owls finished 16-16 overall and 11-9 in C-USA for the 2010 season.
Senior Tracey Lam was named the team's MVP for 2010 and she earned the team's "Hard Hat" award for hard work and dedication. The libéro from San Francisco was named to the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention for the second straight season. She ranked fourth in the nation and led Conference USA in 2010 in digs per set at 5.77. She also set Rice and C-USA records with 698 digs in 2010 and for the third time was named C-USA's Libéro of the Year.
Lam also set a C-USA season record for most digs in a conference season with 467 digs and her 5.99 dps in conference games is second-highest all-time in C-USA. Lam holds the Rice record with 2,399 career digs and ranks second in C-USA in career digs. She is a two-time ESPN Academic All-District and three-time C-USA All-Academic Team selection as well.
Caroline Gill, a senior from Fairhope, Ala., earned the squad's Commitment Award for 2010. Gill, due to injury, only played in 22 sets, but was instrumental in providing senior leadership that all teams need.
Earning the team's Scholar-Athlete Award as well as Newcomer Award was sophomore Laurie McNamara. From Coppell, Texas, McNamara competed in 104 sets in 2010 and collected 183 kills (1.76 kps) and she was third on team with 72 blocks.
Freshman Tyler Jenkins received the Most Improved Award. The Deer Park, Texas, native participated in 24 sets and contributed 23 kills and 7 blocks (1 BS, 6 BA) on the season. Jenkins made her collegiate debut at LSU and posted a team-high 11 kills.