Aug. 18, 2011
Rice junior middle blocker Nancy Cole has been named to the 2011 All-Conference USA Preseason Team as voted upon by the league's head coaches.
Cole was an All-C-USA second team pick in 2010 as well as the AVCA All-America honorable mention list and the All-Midwest Region squad. The Pasadena, Texas, native led the Owls with 373 kills, .321 hitting percentage, which ranked ninth in the league, and 106 blocks.
Rice opens the season when it hosts the Rice Invitational I (Aug. 26-28). The Owls will play Delaware on August 26 at 7 p.m. and then number-six ranked Stanford on Sunday, August 28 at 1 p.m.
Prior to the season opening matches, Rice Volleyball will host a Meet & Greet event on Wednesday, August 24 at 5 p.m. inside Tudor Fieldhouse. Head coach Genny Volpe will have the team divided and they will scrimmage for 45 minutes before mingling with the fans. It is a free event.
2011 ALL-CONFERENCE USA PRESEASON TEAM
Student-Athlete, School - [Pos./Ht./Cl.] - Hometown
Lucy Charuk, Houston - [MB/6-2/RS Sr.] - Tswwassen, British Columbia
Chandace Tryon, Houston - [MB/6-0/Jr.] - Corpus Christi, Texas
Altrese Hawkins, Memphis - [OH/5-10/RS Jr.] - Schaumburg, Ill.
Nancy Cole, Rice - [MB/6-3/Jr.] - Pasadena, Texas
Courtney Manning , SMU - [MB/6-0/Jr.] - Mesquite, Texas
Dana Powell, SMU - [OH/5-10/Sr.] - Tulsa, Okla.
Ashley Mell, Southern Miss - [OH/6-3/RS Sr.] - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Kelsea Seymour, Southern Miss - [S/5-9/Sr.] - Long Beach, Calif.
Izabela Grot, Tulane - [RS/OH/6-2/RS Jr.] - Krakow, Poland
Jessica Adams Tulsa - [DS/L/5-7/Jr.] - Oklahoma City, Okla.
*Tyler Henderson, Tulsa - [OH/5-10/Jr.] - Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sam Serley , UAB - [MB/6-2/Jr.] - Nashville, Tenn.
* denotes C-USA Preseason Player of the Year.