Owls Set To Host UTSA In Pivotal C-USA Match

Freshman setter Julianna Dole and the Owls host UTSA Thursday at 4 p.m.
Oct. 14, 2015

Match 20 Notes (UTSA)

Thursday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m.
Rice Owls (13-6, 3-2 C-USA) vs. Roadrunners (13-6, 4-1 C-USA)
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)

Video Stream: OwlVision ($)
Live Stats: GameTracker
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Twitter Updates: @OwlsVB |@UTSAVolleyball
Series Record: Rice leads, 14-4


It is Faculty and Staff Night. All Faculty and Staff members will receive free admission to the game. You can show your employee ID at the Rice Athletics Box Office at Tudor fieldhouse or pick them up before at the Housing and Dining Office. Make sure to sign in when you get to the game at the Fan Services table because the department with the best attendance will win a $200 lunch for their staff. Students will receive double points in the student rewards app for attending the game. Also, make sure you get their early because we will have pizza in the student section at the start of the game.




  • The Owls host UTSA on Thursday in a makeup match that was postponed on Sept. 22 due to a near team-wide stomach virus. Rice leads the all-time series over the Roadrunners, 14-4. The two teams met three times last season with UTSA taking the first two matches only for the Owls to upset the No. 1 seed Roadrunners in the semifinals of the C-USA Championships. 
  • Rice checks in at No. 60 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings released on Monday. Rice trails only WKU (No. 19) amongst C-USA schools in the rankings. UTSA is ranked No. 88.
  • In the Owls previous match against Middle Tennessee, both Leah Mikesky (20 kills) and Noelle Whitlock (20 kills) surpassed the 20-kill plateau to become the Rice duo to accomplish the feat since Nancy Cole (21 kills) and Lizzy Bache (20 kills) pulled it off in a 3-1 win over SMU on Sept. 30, 2011. Whitlock’s 20 kills were also a career-high.
  • Rice ranks fourth in the nation in total team assists (1,019) and sixth in the country in total team kills (1,078). The Owls are also 13th in the country in assists per set (13.41). Individually, sophomore middle blocker Portia Okafor is ranked 17th in the nation, second in C-USA, in total blocks (90).



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