Volleyball Heads to Waco for Baylor Classic

Kimberly Vaio and the Owls will play in the Baylor Classic this weekend.
Sept. 17, 2015

Baylor Classic | Rice Match Notes
 Rice (8-3) vs. UNC-Greensboro (10-2)
Date Friday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. (CT)
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center
Tickets BaylorTix.com
Live Stats Tournament Central
Rice vs. Stephen F. Austin (6-6)
Date Saturday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m. (CT)
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center
Tickets BaylorTix.com
Live Stats Tournament Central
 Rice at Baylor (7-2)
Date Saturday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. (CT)
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center
Tickets BaylorTix.com
Live Stats BaylorBears.com


  • The Owls will be looking to get back in the win column on Friday after seeing their season-high, five-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Rice will partake in the Baylor Classic this weekend, the final three matches before the Conference USA season begins on Sept. 22. Rice will first face UNC-Greensboro (10-2) on Friday at 4 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Then on Saturday the Owls square off against two Texas foes in Stephen F. Austin (6-6) at 12:30 p.m., followed by host Baylor (7-2) at 7 p.m. 
  • At the beginning of the week Rice sophomore setter Madison McDaniel ranked seventh in the nation in total assists (458) and first in C-USA. As a team the Owls ranked 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 nine 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 as well. 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. On Tuesday Mikesky dug a career-high 26 attacks. 
  • 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 23 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 3.41 digs per set this season. 
  • Rice’s victory over LSU on 8/29 marked the first time the Owls rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win since Nov. 27, 2010 vs. Houston.





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