Volleyball Set to Open Season at BYU Invitational

Aug. 25, 2016

BYU Invitational | Match 1-3 Notes
 Rice vs. Cal Poly
Date Friday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. (CT)
Location Provo, Utah | George Albert Smith Fieldhouse
Live Stats
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TV/Video None
Rice at No. 13 BYU
Date Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Location Provo, Utah | George Albert Smith Fieldhouse
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TV/Video Televised on BYUtv (Where to Find It)
 Rice vs. Utah Valley
Date Saturday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. (CT)
Location Provo, Utah | George Albert Smith Fieldhouse
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Weekend Storylines

*The Owls open the 2016 season this weekend, beginning on Friday (4 p.m. CT) against Cal Poly in the first of three matches at the BYU Invitational. It will mark the first meeting between the two schools since 1992. Then on Saturday the Owls battle No. 13 BYU at 1:30 p.m. (CT) on BYUtv. Last season the Owls went 2-1 against Top-25 ranked teams, defeating No. 22 WKU and No. 23 Colorado. Rice will close out the tournament later that evening (6 p.m.) in the first-ever meeting against Utah Valley.

*After going 21-10 last season the Owls were picked to finish third in Conference USA, according to a poll of the league’s head coaches. WKU was picked to repeat while UTSA was selected second. 
 
*Rice returns five starters and 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad and will be incorporating four newcomers.

*The Owls had a league-high four players named to the 2016 Preseason All-Conference USA Team: seniors Leah Mikesky (OH) and Chelsey Harris (RS); and juniors Madison McDaniel (S) and Portia Okafor (MB).

*Senior RS hitter Chelsey Harris enters the season just 75 kills shy of 1,000 career kills. Fourteen other Owls have accomplished the feat in school history with Jillian Humphrey the last to do so in 2014.

*The Owls won 11 C-USA weekly awards by six different players last season, the most in the league.

*Junior middle blocker Portia Okafor posted the fourth-best hitting percentage (.361) in school history last year.

*Last season the Owls had their highest team hitting percentage (.251) since 2008, their most kills (1,768) since 2007 and their most assists since 2005 (1,667).

*Rice head coach Genny Volpe enters her 13th season at the helm for the Owls and is the all-time wins leader (221) in school history and holds the highest winning percentage (.596). This past summer Volpe served as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that won silver at the U20 National Championships.

*Rice will host this year’s C-USA Championship from Nov. 18-20 at Tudor Fieldhouse. The last time the Owls hosted the conference tournament was in 2009 when Rice won the tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.


 

 

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