By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON – With the season a little over three months away, the Rice volleyball program received a big honor on Tuesday as the team’s 2017 signing class was awarded “Highest Honorable Mention” nationally by PrepVolleyball.com.
Using input from a panel of more than 120 college coaches from around the country, the website ranked the nation’s top 30 NCAA Division I classes, followed by a “Highest Honorable Mention” rating and then “High Honorable Mention” classes. Members of the coaches’ panel were asked to judge each class using both size and strength of the class and impact on that program as guides. Coaches also were requested to assess based on 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.
Highest honorable mention means the class signed by head coach Genny Volpe, who enters her 14th season, is ranked among the 55 best recruiting classes in the country.
“The recruiting class is one of the strongest in Rice volleyball history,” Volpe said. “This class is full of competitors that have the potential to make an immediate impact on our program.”
The Owls’ class of 2017 consists of: Lauren Lee (libero; Coppell, Texas); Nicole Lennon (OH/RS; Katy, Texas); Kassidy Muse (RS; Edmond, OK); and Seyvion Waggoner (OH; Bountiful, UT).
Rice will return to the court for preseason workouts in early August in preparation of the 2017 season later that month.