March 11, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice athletics and the Owls volleyball program mourns the loss of former great Tricia Bowen Spence, who passed away on Friday March 7, 2014.
A native Texan, Spence graduated from Rice in 1991, where she was a four-year volleyball letterwinner (1987-90) and was a three-time All-SWC First-Team selection (1988-90). She still holds the Owls record in career solo blocks (142) and is tied for the most blocks (36) in a single-game. Spence also has the Owls single-season hitting percentage record, .392, set in 1989. She led Rice in kills, attack percentage, aces, blocks and blocks solo in both the 1989 and 1990 campaigns.
Spence was a three-time winner (1988-90) of the Hally Beth Poindexter Award as the most outstanding Rice volleyball player and won the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award in 1991 as the most outstanding female Rice athlete.
Spence spent the last 11 years in New Zealand with her husband, Stu Spence. She was an accomplished natural gas broker, a participant in long distance world canoeing competitions and at home with her paintings and sculptures.