Nov. 2, 2011
The Rice Owls volleyball squad (13-11, 8-5) hosts East Carolina (2-20, 0-13) for a pair of matches this weekend. The Owls and the Pirates play on Saturday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both matches take place in Tudor Fieldhouse.
Quick Look at Rice (13-11, 8-5)
Rice split its matches last weekend with a 3-0 win at UTEP on Friday as Nancy Cole led the Owls with 15 kills and a .433 hitting percentage. UCF then defeated Rice 3-1 on Sunday in Orlando. Lizzy Bache led the Owls with 13 kills and Jillian Humphrey had 10 kills and 10 blocks (3,7).
Rice features a balanced attack as evidence by three Owls who continue to average over 2.00 kills per set. Junior middle blocker Nancy Cole leads the squad with 278 kills and a 3.05 kills per set, junior Laurie McNamara follows at 2.49 (227 kills), while freshman Lizzy Bache averages 2.30 kills per set (200 kills). Jillian Humphrey is close at 1.99 kps (181 kills).
Quick Look at East Carolina (2-20, 0-13)
The Pirates have lost 17 in a row including 13 in Conference USA. Britney Roper leads the Pirates with a 2.11 kills per set average with a team-high 150 kills. Kelly Derby follows at 1.74 kps with 122 kills. Derby sports the squad's highest hitting percentage at .189.
The Owls lead the series vs. ECU 5-3 and won both of last season's matches by 3-1 scores.
Rice Head Coach Genny Volpe
Rice head volleyball coach Genny Volpe is in her eighth season directing the Owls' volleyball program. Volpe has an overall school and career record of 142-97. She has led the Owls to all three of their NCAA championship appearances (2004, 2008, and 2009).
Setter Megan Murphy leads Rice with 9 double-doubles this season, while Laurie McNamara follows with 7 double-doubles. Nancy Cole tops the Owls with 19 matches in double-digit kills. Megan White leads Rice with 17 matches in double-digit digs with 17, while Mariah Riddlesprigger is next with 14.
Rice is 5-6 during in-season tournament action. Rice posted a 0-2 mark at the Rice Invitational I and went 3-0 in the Rice Invitational II. The Owls were 0-3 at Hawai'i's Verizon Volleyball Challenge and went 2-1 at the SFA Invitational.
Team C-USA Stat Ranks
Rice ranks sixth in hitting percentage (.227), fifth in C-USA in assists (12.74), sixth in kills (13.46), fifth in blocks (2.33), and third in digs (16.63).
White Over 1000 Career Digs
Senior Megan White went over the 1,000-career digs plateau last weekend with 16 at UTEP and 20 digs at UCF. White now has 1,016 career digs and is poised to crack Rice's top 10 career digs chart. Also, junior Nancy Cole now has 784 kills to lead all active Owls.
C-USA Defensive Player of the Week
Senior Megan White was named as Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 5) after averaging 5.91 digs per set. She had a career-high 35 digs in the 3-2 win over Georgia Tech.
Jillian Humphrey was named to the Rice Invitational I all-tournament team. Nancy Cole was named MVP of Rice Invitational II, while Megan White and Megan Murphy were selected to the all-tournament squad. Laurie McNamara was selected to the all-tournament at Hawai'i. White and Murphy were also selected to the SFA Invitational All-Tournament Team.
The Owls host Tulsa (Nov. 11; 7 p.m.) and will honor its seniors on Nov. 13 vs. SMU (2 p.m.).