Owls Hit The Road For A Pair Of C-USA Matches

Julianna Dole and the Owls travel to North Texas and Charlotte this weekend.
Oct. 1, 2015

Week 6 Notes (NT-Charlotte/Matches 17-18)

Friday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. (at North Texas)
Rice Owls (12-4, 2-0 C-USA) at Mean Green (10-8, 2-1 C-USA)
Denton, Texas • North Texas Volleyball Center (600)

Video Stream: North Texas All-Access ($)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Tickets: MeanGreenSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OwlsVB |@MeanGreenVB
Series Record: Rice leads, 8-4

Sunday, Oct. 4, 12 p.m. (at Charlotte)
Rice Owls at Charlotte 49ers (5-9, 2-1 C-USA)
Charlotte, NC • Halton Arena (9,000)

Video Stream: Charlotte49ers.tv ($)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Tickets: Charlotte49ers.com
Twitter Updates: @OwlsVB |@49erVolleyball
Series Record: Rice leads, 2-0


  • The Owls hit the road for the first time in conference play this weekend, first making a stop in Denton on Friday (7 p.m.) to face the Mean Green, before traveling to Charlotte on Sunday for a showdown against the 49ers (12 p.m.). The road trip begins a stretch where the Owls will play five of their next eight matches away from Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice will be looking to improve upon their 1-3 road record (5-1 neutral matches). 
  • With their 12-4 start the Owls are off to their best 16-match start since the 2009 season, in which Rice won the C-USA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. 
  • Rice continues to pile up C-USA weekly awards, garnering two more individual recognitions this past Monday. 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 Owls 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. 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.
  • Rice ranks eighth in the nation in team assists (818) and 10th in the country in team kills (864). Okafor meanwhile ranks sixth individually in the nation in total blocks (78), tops amongst all C-USA players.





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