Owls Head to Austin for Showdown with No. 3 Texas

Chelsey Harris and the Owls will take on Texas, LSU and UC Irvine to open the season.
Aug. 26, 2015

American Campus Classic | Match Notes
 Volleyball vs. No. 3 Texas
Date Friday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m.
Location Austin, Texas | Gregory Gymnasium 
Tickets TexasSports.com
TV Longhorn Network (Affiliates) | WatchESPN
Volleyball vs. LSU
Date Saturday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m.
Location Austin, Texas | Gregory Gymnasium
Tickets TexasSports.com
Online Longhorn Network (Affiliates)WatchESPN
 Volleyball vs. Fresno State
Date Saturday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.
Location Austin, Texas | Gregory Gymnasium
Tickets TexasSports.com
Online Longhorn Network (Affiliates) | WatchESPN

Weekend Storylines and Notes

  • The Owls open the 2015 season this weekend, beginning with a showdown against the No. 3 Longhorns. Rice will be looking for their first ever win against Texas (0-35) and their first victory against a Top-25 program since a 3-0 victory over then No. 17 LSU on Nov. 27, 2009.

  • All three matches will be televised on the Longhorn Network.

  • Rice trails the all-time series against LSU (19-3) and UC Irvine (1-0).
  • The Owls were picked to finish third in C-USA this season, according to a poll of the league’s head coaches, behind reigning champion Western Kentucky and UTSA.

  • Rice returns 11 letterwinners, including two All-Conference USA performers in juniors Chelsey Harris (RS) and Leah Mikesky (OH), each of which were second-team selections. Both Harris and Mikesky were named to the 2015 Preseason All-Conference USA Team. In addition the Owls return sophomore middle blocker Portia Okafor, who was a 2014 C-USA All-Freshman Team selection. Mikesky boasted a team-high 16 double-doubles as an outside hitter last year, the most by an Owl since 2006. Harris was second to Mikesky in kills (340) and kills per set (3.09).

  • In 2014 Rice (23-10) recorded their 13th, 20-win season in school history and the fourth in the Genny Volpe era. The 23 wins were the fifth-most in a single-season in school history.
  • Rice ranked sixth in the nation (1st in C-USA) in kills per set (14.45) and seventh in the nation (1st in C-USA) in assists per set (13.57).

  • The Owls posted 16 shutouts in 2014, the most by a Rice team since the Owls had 13 in 2009.
  • Rice will be trying to fill the shoes of two of the greatest Owls to wear blue and gray. The dynamic duo of middle blocker Jillian Humphrey and libero Daniela Arenas graduated having played a combined 922 sets. Arenas ranked second in school history in career digs (1,756), digs per set (3.80) and career sets played (462). Humphrey ranked third in Rice history in career blocks (513) block/assists (419) and sets played (460).





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