Volleyball Hosts Southern Miss and UCF In Last Homestand

Sunday marks the last home game for Rice's seniors, Nancy Cole and Laurie McNamara

Nov. 1, 2012

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Southern Miss Golden Eagles (8-16, 4-8 C-USA) at Rice Owls (16-10, 9-3 C-USA)
C-USA Game • Nov. 2, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas
Series: Rice leads 9-3
Last Mtg: W, 3-2 (11/18/11) at Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Last Meeting
Southern Miss2(17-12)
November 18, 2011
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Rice Rallies To Beat Southern Miss 3-2
Freshman Jillian Humphrey smacked a career-high 17 kills as Rice came from behind to beat Southern Miss 3-2 Friday night in Conference USA volleyball action.

The Last Meeting
October 30, 2011
Orlando, Fla.
UCF Conquers Rice 3-1
UCF's Angelica Crump was too much for Rice with 21 kills as the Knights conquered the Owls 3-1 in a Conference USA volleyball match Sunday afternoon.

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UCF Knights (11-13, 8-4 C-USA) at Rice Owls (16-10, 9-3 C-USA)
C-USA Game • Nov. 4, 2012 • 1 p.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas
Series: Rice leads 7-4
Last Mtg: L, 3-1 (10/30/11) at Orlando, Fla.

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Owls Host Southern Miss and UCF In Last Homestand

Rice hosts Southern Miss and UCF, in the last action at Tudor Fieldhouse this season. The Owls have won 11 of their last 14 matches, and at 16-10, guarantee their fifth straight .500+ season. The Owls have clinched a top eight spot in C-USA, and therefore are guaranteed to make the C-USA Championship, hosted by Tulsa.

Rice's Fight Never Dies

Rice has not lost consecutive matches since Aug. 31-Sept. 1, when it fell consecutively to then-No. 7 Purdue and then-No. 12 Washington. The Owls are 5-0 coming off of a loss since then, winning 15 of 17 sets in those matches. Rice has out-hit opponents .301 to .161 in those five matches.

Senior Day On Sunday

Sunday marks the last home game for two Rice seniors, as Laurie McNamara and Nancy Cole take the floor for the final time at Tudor Fieldhouse. Both team captains, Cole has played in 113 matches for Rice, and has been named to at least one All-C-USA team in 2010, 2011, and 2012. McNamara has played 87 matches over three seasons for the Owls, and has been named to three All-Tournament squads. Additionally, McNamara has led Rice's Dig Pink efforts while on campus, raising a record amount each year.

Cole Named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 22)

Nancy Cole was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 22. The honor is the second of Cole's season and career. She averaged 4.00 kills per set and hit .422 over the course of both games that week. She posted a season-high 21 kills at UTEP, and posted 24.5 points against the Miners, while hitting .417. She hit .429 and picked up 15 kills at Tulane. Her selection capped a run that saw Rice have a C-USA Player of the Week seven times in an eight week span.

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, posting 13 blocks over six sets during the weekend, 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.

Rice In The National Rankings

Rice ranks in the top 75 in four different national categories, including ranking 27th in assists per set and 38th in kills per set. The Owls rank 43rd in digs per set, and 74th in hitting percentage.

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 33rd in the NCAA in assists, and ranks seventh in the league in hitting percentage. She has at least 30 assists in 22 matches, 40+ assists in 13 matches and 50+ assists in seven matches this year. She has ten 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 7th on Rice's all-time list.

Cole Ranks Nationally

Nancy Cole ranks in the top 200 of four different national categories. She ranks 74th in points per set, 112th in kills per set, 108th in hitting percentage and 190th in blocks per set. She ranks 2nd in C-USA hitting percentage, 4th in points, 8th in kills per set and 6th in blocks. She is 6th on Rice's all-time blocks list, and currently Rice's career leader in hitting percentage.

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.

Jillian's Block Party

Jillian Humphrey ranks 4th in C-USA and 106th in the nation in blocks per set. She ranks ninth in C-USA games in hitting percentage. She ranks 13th in C-USA in hitting percentage and 20th in points per set.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Rice has played 16 home games this season, including three switched to Rice's Fox Gym from LSU's Tiger Classic, which is tied with future C-USA member North Texas for 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. 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.

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

Washington dropped from No. 5 to No. 8 after two losses in Pac 12 play ... Rice's .358 hitting percentage against Washington is the highest any opponent has hit against the Huskies this year by .052 points ... No. 22 Purdue beat Michigan and Michigan State ... No. 17 BYU beat Gonzaga and Portland ... Sam Houston State won its 11th straight and is in first place in the Southland Conference





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