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UTEP-Charlotte Match Notes
HOUSTON, Texas - After a 12-day layoff since their last home match, the Rice Owls volleyball team (12-5, 2-1) returns to Tudor Fieldhouse this weekend for a pair of C-USA matches, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. against the UTEP Miners.
Then on Sunday the Owls will host Charlotte at 1 p.m. for the annual Dig Pink match, which will be dedicated to the late great Tricia Bowen Spence. Pink wristbands will be given to the first 500 fans and pink t-shirts will be sold (on Friday as well). All proceeds will benefit the Dig Pink Foundation and there will be postgame autographs. Breast cancer patients and survivors will also be recognized on Sunday.
- Rice will carry a 29-9 all-time record against UTEP going into Friday’s C-USA battle. The Owls have dominated the series, winning 16 of the last 17 meetings with the lone loss during that stretch coming last year; a 3-0 loss in El Paso. The Miners enter play Friday having lost seven of their last eight matches.
- The Owls and Charlotte have faced off just one time, that coming last season at Tudor Fieldhouse when Rice swept the Niners, 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-17). Charlotte is in the midst of a three-game road trip with Western Kentucky awaiting them on Tuesday.
- 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.
- Wednesday’s win by the Owls was their 12th of the year, already surpassing their win total from all of last season (11) with a minimum of 13 matches yet to play.
- The Owls are off to their best start (12-5) since the 2009-10 campaign. That season the Owls went 23-9 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
- Blasier currently ranks 4th in the nation in total assists (699) and is second in C-USA. Blasier also ranks 33rd in assists per set (10.9).
- Jillian Humphrey tied the late and great Tricia Bowne for third place on the Owls all-time blocks list with 454 in the win over North Texas.
- 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 six major categories: team assists (10th-828), team kills (13th-883), team digs (22nd-1,034), assists per set (31st-12.94), kills per set (35th-13.8) and digs per set (42nd-16.16). Rice also leads all of C-USA in kills per set.