Volleyball To Host Middle Tennessee, UAB This Weekend

Andi Bawcum and the Owls host Middle Tennessee and UAB this weekend.
Oct. 23, 2014

Friday, Oct. 24 vs. Middle Tennessee: Tickets | Video ($) | GameTracker | Twitter Updates
Sunday, Oct. 26 vs. UAB: Tickets | Video ($) | GameTracker | Twitter Updates

Rice-Middle Tennessee/UAB Match Notes 

HOUSTON, Texas - Following a three-game road trip in which they went 2-1, the Owls volleyball team returns to Tudor Fieldhouse this Alumni Weekend looking to extend their three-game home win streak. Rice will host Middle Tennessee Friday at 6 p.m., followed by UAB on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Weekend Storylines 

The Last Meeting
Rice3
Middle Tennessee State0
October 10, 2014
Murfreesboro, TN
Owls Leave Raiders Feeling Blue, Win Fourth Straight
The Rice Owls volleyball team made quick work of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Friday evening, registering their fourth consecutive win with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-15 straight-sets victory at the Alumni Memorial Gym.


The Last Meeting
Rice0
No. 7 UAB3
November 21, 2013
Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Volleyball Falls 3-0 To UAB
The Rice Owls volleyball team fell 3-0 to UAB in the opening round of the C-USA Tournament Thursday evening, ending a late-season run that had seen the Owls win five of their final six matches entering postseason play.


  • The Owls return home following a three-game road trip to host both Middle Tennessee and UAB during Alumni Weekend. Rice is 7-2 at Tudor Fieldhouse this season and have won three straight home matches since their loss to Louisville on Sept. 19.         
  • Friday will mark the second meeting of the season against the Blue Raiders. Rice won 3-0 back on Oct. 10 in Murfreesboro to tie the all-time series, 1-1.
  • The Owls will be facing the Blazers for the first time this season on Sunday. Rice leads the all-time series, 11-6, and will be looking for some revenge after UAB defeated the Owls in the opening round of last season's C-USA Tourney.
About Rice Volleyball
  • In the latest RPI rankings of the season the Owls come in at No. 81, behind only Western Kentucky (41) amongst all C-USA squads. Rice's win over Marquette earlier this season looks better each week with the Golden Eagles checking in at No. 24.
  • Through seven matches the Owls (6-2) currently sit in a third place tie with FAU in the C-USA standings.  
  • The Owls already have 11 shutouts in 2014 with at least nine matches left to play. Rice last posted 11 shutouts in 2011. Prior to their loss at UTSA, Rice reeled off four consecutive shutout victories for the first time since 2008.
  • The Owls are off to their best 22-match start (16-6) since the 2008 campaign. That season the Owls went 23-8 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.  
  • Sara Blasier currently ranks 16th in the nation in total assists (889) and is third in C-USA. With Blasier's average of 10.9 assists per set, the sophomore is projected to surpass 2,000 career assists this season. 
  • Jillian Humphrey is one just five Owls to have over 1,000-plus career kills (1,072) and 400-plus career blocks (469), joining Tiffany Carrethers, Natalie Bogan, Tricia Bowen and Tessa Kuykendall. Humphrey is only 31 blocks away from joining Kuykendall as the only players in Rice history to have 1,000-plus kills and 500-plus blocks. 
  • The Owls now rank in the nation's top 50 in six major categories: kills per set (23rd-14.0), assists per set (26th-13.1), team kills (30th-1,137), hitting percentage (35th-.260) and opponents hitting percentage (43rd-.163).

 

 

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