IRVING, Texas -- Rice sophomore setter Madison McDaniel earned her third consecutive C-USA Setter of the Week honor while junior outside hitter Leah Mikesky was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Mikesky, from Schulenburg, Texas, delivered when it mattered most by notching 15 kills and 10 digs in the Owls upset over No. 23 Colorado Saturday, the team's first win over a Top-25 opponent since 2009. Mikesky was named the Rice Adidas Invitational MVP thanks in part to her 49 total kills over the weekend, averaging 4.08 kills per set over 12 total games.
Mikesky also had a monster 20-kill, 19-dig (career-high) performance against Sam Houston State, to go along with 3.0 blocks for a team-high 21.5 points. A C-USA Preseason Team selection, Mikesky posted a double-double in all three matches and now ranks sixth in the league in total kills per set (3.63) and eighth in points per set (3.98).
McDaniel orchestrated the Owls' offense with 136 combined assists over 12 sets (11.33 per set) and recorded a double-double in all three matches. The Woodlands native now has seven consecutive such feats and a team-leading eight double-doubles overall. McDaniel was named to the Adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team after posting 56 assists and 19 digs in the Owls' 3-2 win over Sam Houston State.
The Arizona State transfer came right back with 41 assists and 10 digs in the nightcap to help the Owls knock off No. 23 Colorado. McDaniel remains the conference leader in both total assists (458) and assists per set (11.17).
McDaniel is the fifth player in C-USA history to receive a weekly award three weeks in a row, and the first setter to accomplish the feat since Rice's own Meagan Murphy took home four straight in September of 2012.
The Owls will be looking to win their sixth consecutive match on Tuesday when they face the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road at 6:30 p.m.