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Rice-Middle Tennessee Match Notes
HOUSTON, Texas - Riding a three-game winning streak, the Rice Owls hit the road for just one match this weekend when they travel to Middle Tennessee to face the Blue Raiders on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT). The Owls have won nine consecutive sets and sit one game back of first place in the C-USA standings.
- Rice has faced Middle Tennessee only once before, a 3-0 loss (25-21, 25-14, 25-19) in last year’s C-USA opener. In that match Daniela Arenas notched the 1,000th dig of her career.
- The Owls have won three consecutive matches and nine straight sets during that span.
- Rice is 3-3 on the road this season, which includes a 3-2 win at Marquette, who is receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 rankings.
- In the first RPI rankings of the season the Owls come in at No. 61, behind only Western Kentucky (43) amongst all C-USA squads.
- Through five matches the Owls (4-1) currently sit in third place in the C-USA standings behind both Western Kentucky (5-0) and UTSA (5-0).
- The Owls are off to their best 19-match start (14-5) since the 2009-10 campaign. That season the Owls went 23-9 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
- Sara Blasier currently ranks 4th in the nation in total assists (771) and is first in C-USA. Blasier also ranks 33rd in the nation assists per set (10.9).
- Jillian Humphrey is now third place in Rice history in career blocks (459), block assists (375) and blocks per set (1.12).
- Blasier and Humphrey were named the C-USA Setter and Offensive Player of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Monday.
- Daniela Arenas ranks 20th in the nation in active career total digs with 1,531. 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 five major categories: team kills (7th-978), team assists (9th-914), kills per set (24th-13.97), assists per set (26th-13.0), and digs per set (38th-16.34). Rice also leads all of C-USA in kills per set.
- Rice won six consecutive matches (Sept. 6-19) for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
- Rice was picked to finish third in the C-USA by the league’s coaches.
- Sara Blasier was selected Preseason All-C-USA.
Arenas Notches Milestone Dig in C-USA Opener
Late in the third set against Middle Tennessee, junior libero Daniela Arenas notched the 1,000th dig in her career, becoming just the 14th player in Rice Volleyball history to reach the mark. The Owls fell in the Conference USA opener against the league newcomer, 25-21, 25-14, 25-19.