Volleyball Hosts Rice Invitational I To Open Season

Kimberly Vaio leads the squad in service aces and digs

Sep 5, 2013

 Rice Invitational | Match Notes
 Volleyball vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Date Friday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Location Houston, Texas | Tudor Fieldhouse 
Tickets Rice Ticket Office
Online Owlvision | Live Stats
Volleyball vs. UALR
Date Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12 p.m.
Location Houston, Texas | Tudor Fieldhouse
Tickets Rice Ticket Office
Online OwlvisionLive Stats
 Volleyball vs. LSU
Date Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
Location Houston, Texas | Tudor Fieldhouse
Tickets Rice Ticket Office
Online OwlvisionLive Stats

The Last Meeting
Texas A&M Corpus Christi0
August 31, 2007
Fox Gym

The Last Meeting
August 31, 2012
Fox Gym
Volleyball Falls To LSU 3-0
HOUSTON- Rice's volleyball team fell 3-0 to LSU in the first game of the Tiger Classic at Fox Gym on Rice's Campus. Nancy Cole led the Owls with 7 kills.

Weekend Storylines

• The Owls swept Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the schools' only meeting in 2007, winning 30-19, 30-28, 30-23. Jessica Holdnerness had 19 kills and 12 digs for the Owls that day.

• Rice meets UALR for the first time in program history on Saturday. The Owls are 11-2 against the returning members of the Sun Belt Conference, and have a 23-12 record against Texas State and UT Arlington, who joined UALR's league this season

• LSU and Rice renew their volleyball series, seen seven matchups since 2004. The Tigers hold a 18-3 series lead, but the series has been closer in recent times, with the Owls upsetting No. 17 LSU in 2009 with LSU holding a 4-2 advantage in the last six meetings.

• The Tigers return to Rice after having LSU's Tiger Invitational moved to Rice's Fox Gym last season, due to Hurricane Isaac. Rice hit .327 against eventual No. 7 Washington, and took eventual No. 12 Purdue to five sets, but ultimately went 0-3 in the tournament.

About Rice Volleyball

• Rice was the preseason pick to win C-USA by the league's coaches

Jillian Humphrey was named All-Bulldog Invitational for her 39 kills (.278 hitting), 25 blocks and 54 points in three matches

• The Owls have won five consecutive home matches, dating back to Sept. 30, 2012, and nine of their last 10 at home. The Rice record for consecutive home wins is 19 (2003-05)

• Four Rice players had double digit kills in the season opener against Fresno State: Jillian Humphrey, Megan Murphy, Chelsea Harris, Mariah Riddlesprigger

Mariah Riddlesprigger shone against her hometown team in her first collegiate match in her hometown of Fresno, Calif, posting 15 kills and 12 digs against Fresno St.

• Rice's first two matches went to five sets for the first time in program history. Five times since 2001 has Rice's opening match went to five sets.

Megan Murphy and Jillian Humphrey were selected Preseason All-C-USA

• Murphy returns as 2012 C-USA Setter of the Year. The two-time All-American is looking to join former teammate Nancy Cole (2009-12) as the only three-time All-Americans in school history

• Humphrey returns as a Second Team All-C-USA selection in 2012. Four of the six starters from 2012, plus the libero, return for 2013.

• Rice is seeking its sixth consecutive .500-or-better season

• Rice's schedule includes 16 matches (13 remaining) against RPI Top 150 teams from 2012 and 13 matches (11 remaining) against 20+ win teams in 2012. The Owls play 19 matches in the state of Texas this season.

• Volleyball Season Tickets remain on sale, starting at $50 for adults and $99 for a family four pack





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