Aug. 31, 2011
The Rice Owls volleyball squad (0-2) hosts the Rice Invitational II Sept. 2-3 in Tudor Fieldhouse. Action gets underway on Friday at 11 a.m. when the Owls take on the Houston Baptist Huskies (3-0), to be followed by Georgia Tech (3-0) vs. UTSA (0-2) at 1:30 p.m. That evening, Rice also plays UTSA in a match scheduled for 7 p.m.
There are two matches on Saturday. First, HBU plays Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. and then the Owls and the Yellow Jackets meet at 7 p.m.
Tickets Tickets for volleyball matches feature general admission seating for $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for youths (age 3-17). Senior citizens (62+) tickets are $4.00 as well. Call 713-348-6930 to make arrangements for group pricing.
Head Coach Genny Volpe Rice head volleyball coach Genny Volpe is in her eighth season directing the Owls' volleyball program. Volpe has an overall school and career record of 129-88. She has led Rice to all three of its NCAA championship appearances (2004, 2008, and 2009).
Volpe came to Rice University after spending three years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Texas A&M. Prior to Texas A&M, Volpe was an assistant at SMU from 1996 to 2000. She spent the 1995 season as an assistant coach for the Owls under Henry Chen.
Humphrey All-Tournament Freshman Jillian Humphrey made the Rice Invitational All-Tournament squad. Humphrey, from Shoreacres, Texas, led the Owls with 23 kills and a .250 hitting percentage. She currently leads Rice with a 2.88 kills per set average. Humphrey posted 16 kills and a .357 hitting average vs. Delaware and tallied 7 kills in the Stanford contest.
Laurie McNamara is second on the team with 21 kills and a 2.62 kps... Nancy Cole follows with 19 kills and leads Rice with 5 blocks... Freshman Lizzy Bache is second on the team with a .222 hitting percentage (14-4-45).
White Diggin' It Senior Megan White leads Rice with 39 digs for a stellar 4.88 dps average. She has turned in two solid efforts at the libéro spot vacated by Rice's all-time dig leader Tracey Lam. White collected a match-high 26 digs vs. Delaware and followed that outing with 13 vs. Stanford.
Murph Settin' It Redshirt sophomore Megan Murphy as assumed control of the setter position after being the understudy the past two seasons of Rice's all-time career assists leader Meredith Schamun. In the first match of the year, Murphy was credited with 54 assists and then posted 28 vs. Stanford. With 82 assists, she is averaging 10.25 assists per set.
Cole Preseason All-C-USA Junior Nancy Cole was named to the All-Conference USA Preseason Team as selected by the league's head volleyball coaches. Cole, a middle blocker from Pasadena, Texas, was an All-C-USA Second-Team pick in 2010. She was also on the AVCA All-America honorable mention list and the All-Midwest Region squad. Cole led the Owls with 373 kills, .321 hitting percentage (which ranked ninth in C-USA), and 106 blocks.
Newcomers Head Genny Volpe welcomes five newcomers to the Owl program, including three from the Houston-region. The class of 2015 includes, Lizzy Bache (MB, Montgomery, Texas), Jillian Humphrey (MB/OH, Shoreacres, Texas), Daniela Arenas (DS/L, Cypress, Texas), Dana Edwards (S, Upland, Calif.), and Noelle Whitlock (OH, Riverside, Calif.).
Tough Schedule Besides facing sixth-ranked Stanford, the Owls will also play at number-10 ranked Hawai'i, and number-23 Tulsa (twice). Furthermore, another opponent, Cincinnati received 22 votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll.
Coming Up The Owls are on the road the next two weekends (Sept. 8-10 and Sept. 16-17). First, they head to Honolulu, Hawai'i, to play Hawai'i, Cincinnati, and Pacific. On the 16th and 17, Rice competes at SFA's tournament in Nacogdoches, Texas, vs. North Dakota, Sam Houston, and SFA.
Rice starts up Conference USA action on Tuesday, Sept. 20 vs. Houston in Tudor Fieldhouse for a 7 p.m. tussle.