Owls Host Tulane Friday and Saturday

Oct. 7, 2010

Tulane Game Tracker - Fri.

Tulane Game Tracker - Sat.

The Rice Owls volleyball squad (9-8, 4-1) hosts Tulane (4-12, 1-3) on Friday and Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. inside Tudor Fieldhouse.

Saturday's soiree with Tulane is Rice's annual Dig Pink Match. Fans who wear a PINK-colored item of clothing receive a half-price ticket for admission to the Rice vs. Tulane match. PINK t-shirts will be available for purchase and a PINK Rice volleyball jersey will be given away as well. All proceeds benefit the Side-Out Foundation (www.side-out.org). The Side-Out Foundation is a support and advocacy organization dedicated to making a significant and identifiable difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families by supporting clinical trials, increasing compassionate support services and educating communities.

Dig Pink is the name of the Breast Cancer awareness rally that takes place in gyms all over the country during Breast Cancer awareness month in October. The goal for this initiative is to raise funds towards research and "living with cancer" organizations.

The Series
Tulane leads the series 12 to 9. The Green Wave won 3-9 in Houston, while the Owls returned the favor with a 3-0 victory in New Orleans.

Head Coach Genny Volpe
Rice head volleyball coach Genny Volpe is in her seventh season directing the Owls' volleyball program. Volpe has an overall school and career record of 122-78. She has led the Owls to all three of their NCAA championship appearances (2004, 2008, and 2009).

Volpe came to Rice University after spending three years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Texas A&M. Prior to Texas A&M, Volpe was an assistant at SMU from 1996 to 2000. She spent the 1995 season as an assistant coach at Rice under Henry Chen.

Schamun Sets It
Owl senior setter Meredith Schamun ranks first in school history with 4,626 assists. She surpassed Katie Meyer's mark of 4,540 (1988-1991) with her 17th assist vs. UTEP in set two.

Lam Diggin' It
Senior libéro Tracey Lam holds the Rice career record for digs with 2,055. Last season she set the single season dig record with 633 digs. Lam leads the team with 354 digs for a 5.71 dps. She has been named as C-USA's Defensive Player of the Week twice this season (Sept. 20 and Oct. 4) and 11 times during her career.

McCord Leads in Kills
Junior outside hitter Ashleigh McCord leads with 221 kills for a 4.33 kills per set average. She has reached double-digit kills in all 14 matches in which she has played in 2010. McCord has tallied 947 kills in her career. She was named MVP of the Rice Invitational II by averaging 4.08 kps with a .377 hitting percentage.

Cole Second in Kills
Sophomore Nancy Cole is second on the team with 172 kills for a 2.77 kps. She also sports a team-high .340 hitting percentage.

Next Up
The Owls travel to UAB for match on Fri., Oct. 15 (7 p.m.) and to Memphis on Sun., Oct. 17 (11:30 a.m.).





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