Owls Travel to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday

McKay Kyle and the Owls face the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday.
Sept. 14, 2015

Rice-Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Notes (Match 11)

Rice Owls (8-2, 0-0 C-USA) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-3, 0-0 Southland)
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 • 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Corpus Christi, Texas • Dugan Wellness Center (1,200)

Video Stream: GoIslanders.com Stream
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Series Record: Rice leads, 3-0

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Tuesday’s match at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi involves a pair of teams riding a combined nine-game win streak. Rice, winners of five straight, is coming off a 3-0 weekend in which they won the Rice Adidas Invitational, highlighted by a victory over No. 23 Colorado. The Islanders have won four straight matches and are a perfect 4-0 at Dugan Wellness Center.
  • Rice sophomore setter Madison McDaniel ranks seventh in the nation in total assists (458) and first in C-USA. As a team the Owls rank seventh in the country in total assists (543) and eighth in team kills (576). Junior outside hitter Leah Mikesky also ranks inside the top 20 in the nation in total attacks (17th-448).
  • McDaniel earned her third consecutive C-USA Setter of the Week award, the league announced Monday. McDaniel earned a spot on the Rice Adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team by racking up 136 assists in 12 sets (11.33 aps) and notching a double-double in all three matches. She now leads the Owls with eight double-doubles. 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.
  • Mikesky earned her first career C-USA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. The junior 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).  
  • With their win over Sam Houston State on Saturday the Owls are now 3-0 in five-set matches after going 1-6 in such instances in 2014.
  • Senior libero Kimberly Vaio is just 42 digs shy of 1,000 career digs. Vaio is vying to become the 15th Owl in school history to reach the 1,000 career digs milestone. The San Antonio, Texas native is averaging 3.21 digs per set this season.

 

 

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