Rice's volleyball team had two players honored by Conference USA, as Nancy Cole and Megan Murphy picked up Offensive Player and Setter of the Week honors, respectively. Cole reached 1,000 career kills over the weekend, while Murphy earned her second consecutive Setter of the Week honor.
Nancy Cole notched her 1,000th career kill, becoming the 13th Rice player to reach that mark, as she picked up 47 kills (4.27 per set) over the week. The senior from Duncan College was named All-Magnolia Invitational, as the Owls finished second in the competition. Cole picked up 19 kills and hit .371 against North Dakota, helping Rice to a win, and picked up 15 kills against Sam Houston St, also leading Rice to victory. The honor is the first of Cole's career.
Megan Murphy picked up 146 assists over the course of the week, helping Rice hit .254 and go 3-1 in the week. Murphy leads Conference USA in total assists, and ranks second in assists per set. Her 52 assists against North Dakota are the most in a four-set match this season by a C-USA player, and helped the Owls win the match. The redshirt junior from Duncan College helped the Owls hit .341 against Alabama A&M with 31 assists, and contributed 8 kills on .889 hitting against Alabama A&M. She hit .469 for the week with 16 kills. Defensively, she contributed 18 digs and seven blocks. The honor is the second of Murphy's career, coming the last two weeks.
The Owls return to action on Friday, September 14, hosting Cal State Northridge at 11 a.m. in the first game of Rice Invitational II.