Volleyball Begins C-USA Play Friday At Southern Miss

Noelle Whitlock and the Owls open up C-USA play this weekend.
Sept. 25, 2014

Friday (Sept. 26) at Southern Miss: GameTracker | Video ($)
Sunday (Sept. 28) at Western Kentucky: GameTracker | Video ($) 

Rice Match Notes 

HOUSTON, Texas - Rice volleyball opens Conference USA play with a two-match road swing this weekend beginning at Southern Miss on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT). The Owls then travel to C-USA newcomer Western Kentucky on Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT).

The Last Meeting
Rice2
Southern Miss3
October 6, 2013
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Southern Miss Tops Volleyball in Five Sets
Despite 12 blocks, a season-high .305 team hitting percentage and 15 kills by Chelsey Harris, Rice University volleyball fell in five tightly-contested sets at Southern Miss on Sunday, 25-22, 18-25, 20-25, 25-23 and 15-8.



Weekend Storylines

  • Rice will carry a 10-4 all-time record against Southern Miss into Friday’s C-USA opener. The Golden Eagles defeated the Owls, 3-2, last season in Hattiesburg. Rice is 6-4 in conference openers under head coach Genny Volpe and 5-4 in C-USA conference openers.   
  • On Sunday the Owls travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky for the first time ever to face Western Kentucky, the newest addition to C-USA. The two teams last met back on 1985 in the Carolina Classic Tournament with Rice winning, 3-0. The Hilltoppers have won 15 consecutive home matches dating back to last season and have gone a combined 103-18 the last three and a half seasons.
About Rice Volleyball

  • Rice was picked to finish third in the C-USA by the league’s coaches.
  • Sara Blasier was selected Preseason All-C-USA.
  • Both Jillian Humphrey and Andi Bawcum were selected to the All-Rice Invitational II team last weekend.  
  • Rice won six consecutive matches (Sept. 6-19) for the first time since the 2009-10 season. 
  • The Owls are off to their best 14-match start (10-4) since the 2009-10 campaign. That season the Owls went 23-9 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.  
  • Eight of the Owls first 12 C-USA matches will be away from Tudor Fieldhouse. 
  • Blasier currently ranks 11th in the nation in total assists (562) and is second in C-USA. Blasier also ranks 39th in assists per set (10.8).
  • Daniela Arenas now ranks 23rd in the nation in active career total digs with 1,453. Arenas moved past Yvette Kirk (1,405 digs) this past weekend for second place all-time in Rice history. 
  • The Owls now rank in the nation’s top 50 in team assists (18th-674), team kills (19th-722), digs per set (22nd-16.77), team digs (25th-872), assists per set (38th-12.96) and kills per set (38th-13.88).
  • Transfer Leah Mikesky leads the Owls with nine double-doubles while Blasier has eight. The two have recorded double-doubles in the same match six times.

 

 

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