Dole, Okafor Earn C-USA Player of Week Awards

Sept. 28, 2015

IRVING, Texas - Rice freshman Julianna Dole was named the Conference USA Setter of the Week while sophomore middle blocker Portia Okafor earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honors, the league office announced on Monday.

The Owls, who earned a pair of C-USA victories this past weekend, have now won eight weekly league honors (tops amongst all schools) involving six different players.

Dole played a big role in helping the Owls start conference play 2-0 by recording 77 total assists in six sets (12.83 per set) and notched a double-double (33 assists, 14 digs) in Rice's 3-0 win over FIU. The Santa Clarita, Calif. native then helped guide the Owls to a .303 team hitting percentage in Rice's 3-0 win over Florida Atlantic on Sunday. The freshman tallied a C-USA season-high 44 assists in three sets against FAU and now has three of the top-five, three-set assists totals in the league this year.

Okafor continued her strong defensive campaign in 2015 with 16.0 more blocks (2.67 blocks per set) this past weekend. Okafor, who now leads all of C-USA in blocks per set (1.34) and total blocks (75), posted her second 10-plus blocks performance of the season with 10.0 blocks in the Owls' 3-0 win over FIU. The 10 blocks were the most by a C-USA player in three sets this season. The Lewisville, Texas native posted 6.0 more blocks on Sunday in Rice's 3-0 win over FAU. In addition, Okafor had 11 kills on the weekend while hitting .400 (11-of-25).

The Owls will next be in action this Friday when they travel to Denton to take on the Mean Green at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday afternoon match at Charlotte.





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