Oct. 11, 2010
The Rice Owls volleyball squad (11-8, 6-1) plays at UAB (4-14, 1-5) on Friday (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m. and at Memphis (11-7, 2-4) on Sunday (Oct. 17) at 1 p.m. The Owls are 7-4 all-time vs. UAB after winning 3-1 last season in Birmingham, Ala. Memphis leads the series with the Owls 3-2. Rice won the only meeting a year ago 3-0 in Memphis.
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 124-78. 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 4,660 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 2,083. Last season she set the single season dig record with 633 digs. Lam leads the team with 382 digs for a 5.62 dps, which is 10th-best in the nation. She has been named C-USA 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 247 kills for a 4.33 kills per set average ranks 22nd in the nation. She has reached double-digit kills in all 16 matches in which she has played in 2010. McCord has tallied 960 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 186 kills for a 2.74 kps. She also sports a team-high .334 hitting percentage.
The Owls host SMU (14-4, 6-1) on Fri., Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. and Tulsa (16-2, 7-0) on Sun., Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. Both matches are in Tudor Fieldhouse.