Oct. 21, 2010
The Rice Owls volleyball squad (12-9, 7-2) hosts SMU (16-4, 8-1) on Friday (Oct. 22) at 7 p.m. and Tulsa (19-2, 9-0) on Sunday (Oct. 24) at 1 p.m. Both matches are inside Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Owls are 20-11 all-time vs. Tulsa after going 1-2 vs. the Golden Hurricane a year ago. Against SMU, Rice is 19-9 in the series after splitting last season's two matches.
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 125-79. 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 4,746 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 2,141. Last season she set the single season dig record with 633 digs. Lam leads the team with 440 digs for a 5.71 dps, which is 6th-best in the nation. She has been named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week three times this season (Sept. 20 and Oct. 4) and 12 times during her career.
McCord Leads in Kills
Junior outside hitter Ashleigh McCord leads with 260 kills for a 4.19 kills per set average ranks 22nd in the nation. She has reached double-digit kills in 17 matches in in 2010. McCord has tallied 973 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 214 kills for a 2.78 kps. She also sports a team-high .339 hitting percentage. Cole leads the Owls with 73 blocks (15 BS, 58 BA).
The Owls play at East Carolina on Fri., Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. and at Marshall on Sun., Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m.