Volleyball Travels to North Texas for Mid-Week C-USA Showdown

Portia Okafor and the Owls travel to North Texas Wednesday.
Sept. 30, 2014

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Rice-North Texas Match Notes

DENTON, Texas - Rice volleyball wraps up their three-game road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Denton to take on the North Texas Mean Green at 5:30 p.m.

Weekend Storylines 

  • Rice will carry a 7-3 all-time record against North Texas into Wednesday's C-USA battle. The Mean Green defeated the Owls, 3-1 last season at Tudor Fieldhouse. It was the Owls first loss to the Mean Green since the 1997 season.   
  • Wednesday's match will be a homecoming of sorts for freshman Portia Okafor, who graduated from Lewisville High School, 20 minutes south of Denton. Okafor was a four-year starters and was a two-time all-district first-team selection for the Fighting Farmers.
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.
  • Rice won six consecutive matches (Sept. 6-19) for the first time since the 2009-10 season. 
  • The Owls are off to their best 16-match start (11-5) since the 2009-10 campaign. That season the Owls went 23-9 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.  
  • Blasier currently ranks 11th in the nation in total assists (652) and is second in C-USA. Blasier also ranks 38th in assists per set (10.7).
  • Jillian Humphrey moved up the Rice all-time blocks list in both total career blocks (4th-449) and career blocks assists (3rd-365). 
  • Daniela Arenas now ranks 24th in the nation in active career total digs with 1,486. Arenas moved past Yvette Kirk (1,405 digs) earlier this season for second place all-time in Rice history. 
  • The Owls now rank in the nation's top 50 in team assists (20th-777), team kills (22nd-832), team digs (26th-979), assists per set (33rd-12.95) and kills per set (33rd-13.87) and digs per set (39th-16.32). Rice also leads all of C-USA in kills per set. 
  • 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. 
  • Rice forced a fifth and deciding set on the road at Western Kentucky after falling behind 0-2. The Owls, who were on the positive side of a potential match point in the fifth set, came up one point short of winning their first match after falling behind 0-2 since since their 3-2 victory vs. Houston on Nov. 27, 2010.

 

 

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