Match 17 Notes (vs. Middle Tennessee)
Friday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.
Rice Owls (11-5, 1-1 C-USA) vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-12, 0-2 C-USA)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 4-2
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News & Notes
*The Owls return to Houston after a 1-1 road trip to face the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the first C-USA home match of the season. Rice has won seven of its last nine matches, including a 3-1 victory at Louisiana Tech last Sunday, Sept. 24. Middle Tennessee has dropped four straight matches entering play on Friday, including back-to-back losses at UAB and Marshall to open league play last weekend.
*Rice leads the all-time series over the Blue Raiders, 4-2. The Owls are 6-1 at home this season while MT is 2-1 on the road.
*Sophomore middle blocker Grace Morgan was named the Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after a breakout weekend. The sophomore totaled 40 kills on 64 swings for a .562 hitting percentage, along with 47.5 points, in nine sets. Morgan set a career-high with 21 kills on 35 attacks (.571) in Friday’s match at UTEP, followed by a team-high 19 kills on 29 swings (.552) in a road victory at Louisiana Tech. In addition, Morgan led the Owls with 10.0 blocks. The C-USA honor is the second of Morgan’s career.
*Outside hitter Nicole Lennon was tabbed C-USA Freshman of the Week for a second straight time and third time overall this season on Monday. She totaled 28 kills, 30 digs, and 30.5 points in nine sets. In the process, Lennon registered her team-leading seventh and eighth double-doubles of the season, including a 16-kills, 18-digs performance at UTEP. The freshman ranks second in C-USA with 242 total kills and is fourth in the league in kills per set (3.78).
*Rice ranks eighth in the nation in assists (827), ninth in digs (1,108) and 11th in kills (869).
*Senior middle blocker Portia Okafor (398 blocks) is two blocks away from reaching 400 for her career. The Lewisville, Texas native would be just the seventh Owl in school history to reach that milestone.