by Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON - For the second time in as many years, Rice Volleyball's recruiting class has been received Highest Honorable Mention honors by the organization PrepVolleyball.com.
The Owls were one of 25 recruiting classes that "just missed" the nation's top-30 classes. The rankings are based off a panel of college coaches from across the country, who are asked to judge each class using both size and strength of class and impact on that program as guides. Coaches were also requested to assess based on the cumulative impact the class could make in four or five years at the school, not on the group's potential immediate impact during the upcoming season.
Other programs included in the Highest Honorable Mention include: Arizona, Arkansas, Cal Poly, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Marquette, Miami (FL), Mississippi, Northern Iowa, Northern Kentucky, Pepperdine, Pittsburgh, Santa Clara, SMU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, UC Santa Barbara, WKU and West Virginia.
This year's class features middle blocker Anota Adekunle (Humble, Texas), setter Carly Graham (Conroe, Texas), libero Tia Grippo (Newport Beach, Calif.), outside hitter Hannah Lopez (San Antonio) and libero Isabel Wiatt (North Hollywood, California).