First Place Volleyball Takes On Marshall and East Carolina

Jillian Humphrey is reigning C-USA Defensive Player of the Week.

Oct. 11, 2012

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Rice Owls (13-8, 6-1 C-USA) at Marshall Thundering Herd (15-5, 5-1 C-USA)
C-USA Game • Oct. 12, 2012 • 4:30 p.m.
Cam Henderson Center • Huntington, W. Va.
Series: Rice leads 6-4
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The Last Meeting
October 9, 2011
Huntington, W.Va.
Rice Volleyball Sweeps Marshall 3-0
The Rice Owls volleyball team took care of business on Sunday with a 3-0 sweep over Marshall at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Last Meeting
East Carolina0  
November 6, 2011
Tudor Fieldhouse
Rice Controls ECU 3-0 in Volleyball
Rice junior middle blocker Nancy Cole dominated play at the net with 15 kills and a .636 hitting percentage to lead the Owls to another 3-0 win over East Carolina in Conference USA volleyball action Sunday inside Tudor Fieldhouse.

East Carolina Pirates (1-16, 0-6 C-USA) at Rice Owls
C-USA Game • Oct. 14, 2012 • 1 p.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas
Series: Rice leads 7-3
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First Place Owls Take On Marshall And East Carolina

Rice travels to Marshall, who is only a half game behind Rice and Tulsa for the C-USA lead, and hosts East Carolina. The Owls won all six sets they played the previous week, downing UTEP and Tulane, while Jillian Humphrey was named C-USA Player of the Week for her performance.

Humphrey Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 8)

Jillian Humphrey was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8. She posted 13 blocks over six sets during the weekend. She posted 3.17 kills per set, and 13 blocks, helping the Owls to a 2-0 week. Humphrey's week was highlighted by an 11 kill and six block performance on Oct. 7, her birthday, as the Owls downed Tulane. Humphrey hit .500 in the match, and accumulated 15.5 points. She has posted six consecutive 10+ point matches and five straight 5+ block matches.

Rice In The National Rankings

Rice ranks in the top 75 in five different national categories, including ranking 23rd in assists per set and 32nd in kills per set. The Owls rank 41st in digs per set, 64th in hitting percentage and 56th in blocks per set.

Murphy Sets C-USA Record With Four Setter of the Week Honors
Megan Murphy was named Conference USA Setter of the Week for the fourth straight week on Sept. 24, becoming the first player in league history to win the award four consecutive weeks.

She started the run on Sept. 3, being named C-USA Setter of the Week, after posting 50 assists against then-No. 7 Purdue. She picked up 146 assists and hit .469 the week of Sept. 10 for her second honor. The week of Sept. 17, she posted two 40+ assist games and two double doubles. She shared Setter of the Week honors on Sept. 24 after posting 58 assists a triple double against UAB.

Opponents Running Into Murphy's Law

Setter Megan Murphy leads C-USA and ranks 35th in the NCAA in assists, and ranks fourth in the league in hitting percentage. She has at least 30 assists in 18 matches, 40+ assists in 10 matches and 50+ assists in five matches this year. She has nine double doubles on the season, one of which was a triple double, and four C-USA Setter of the Week awards. Murphy she collected the 2,000th assist of her career on Sept. 23, and ranks 8th on Rice's all-time list.

Cole Ranks Nationally

Nancy Cole ranks in the top 200 of four different national categories. She ranks 79th in points per set, 122nd in kills per set, 171st in hitting percentage and 150th in blocks per set. She ranks 5th in C-USA in points, 7th in kills per set, 7th in blocks and 8th in hitting percentage. She is 6th on Rice's all-time blocks list.

Murphy Earns A Triple Double

On Sept. 23, Megan Murphy posted the first triple double for Rice since 2006 with 10 kills, 58 assists and 10 digs in a 3-2 win at UAB. Rachel Lopez was the last Rice player to have a triple double, posting one on Sept. 24, 2006, almost six years to the day before Murphy did it.

Cole Fired Up Against Tough Competition

Senior Nancy Cole ranks in the top 10 in Conference USA and the top 200 in the nation in four different categories (blocks per set, kills per set, hitting percentage, and points per set). She has posted better stats against the toughest teams Rice has played, hitting .335 against RPI Top 100 teams (.315 against all teams) and posting better averages in blocks, kills, and points than she has against RPI teams 101 and below.

State-Of-The-Art Arenas

Daniela Arenas ranks seventh in C-USA in digs per set, and has posted five 20+ dig efforts in her last nine matches. In fact, she has tied or set a career-high in five of those nine matches, including three efforts of 22 digs for her current career-high, last set against Tulsa.

Riddle Me This

Mariah Riddlesprigger posted two straight double doubles against SMU and Tulsa (Sept. 28-30). She posted a then season-high 12 kills and a career-high 26 digs against SMU, then set a season-high 14 kills and 22 digs against Tulsa. She has three double doubles on the season.

Owls Cage The Cougars

On Sept. 18, Rice swept Houston to open C-USA play. Rice held Houston to -.036 hitting, the first time held an opponent to under .000 hitting since Aug. 26, 2005 against Louisiana-Lafayette. Houston did not break even in hitting in any set. The Owls dominated the first set, starting on an 11-1 run before Houston even got a kill. Laurie McNamara led Rice with five kills that set; the entire Houston squad had five kills in that same set.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Rice has played 15 home games this season, including three switched to Rice's Fox Gym from LSU's Tiger Classic, which is the most in the nation this season.

Tech-nically The Longest Set

Rice's second set against Texas Tech on Sept. 15, a 38-36 Rice victory, is tied for the longest set in school history, and the longest since scoring changed to 25-point sets in 2007. In 2002, when sets were played to 30 points, Rice won a 38-36 third set against Louisiana Tech, but fell in the match 3-1. Rice broke seven set points in the Sept. 15 match, before downing the Red Raiders on the way to a sweep.

Nancy Cole 1K

In the first set of the Ole Miss match on Sept. 7, Nancy Cole became the 13th player in Rice history to reach 1,000 career kills. She was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week during that week, as she picked up 4.27 kills per set during the week. She has 1,144 kills for her career, and needs to reach 1,233 kills to enter the top ten all-time at Rice.

Rice Picked To Finish Second In The League; Cole and Murphy Named Preseason All-C-USA

Rice was voted to finish second in C-USA, while senior middle blocker Nancy Cole and junior setter Megan Murphy were named to the Preseason All-Conference USA Volleyball Team.

Scoreboard Watching - Selected Results From Rice's Non-Conference Schedule

No. 2 Washington is the nation's only unbeaten, after downing Utah and Colorado ... Rice's .358 hitting percentage against Washington is the highest any opponent has hit against the Huskies this year by over .100 points ... No. 17 Purdue fell to No. 3 Nebraska and Iowa ... No. 16 BYU lost at Saint Mary's, the Cougars' first blemish of the season ... North Dakota won its first match in Fargo against NDSU since 1976 ... Sam Houston St., Houston Baptist and UTSA all are within 1.5 games of their respective conference leads





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