Match 27-28 Notes (@UTSA, @Marshall)
Rice Owls (18-8, 8-4 C-USA) at UTSA Roadrunners (17-7, 8-2 C-USA)
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.
San Antonio, Texas • Convocation Center (2,650)
Live Stats: goUTSA.com
Video ($): Rowdy Zone
Twitter Updates: @OwlsVB |@UTSAVolleyball
Series Record: Rice leads, 14-5
Rice Owls at Marshall Thundering Herd (15-10, 6-6 C-USA)
Sunday, Nov. 8, 12 p.m.
Huntington, WV • Thomas Assembly Center (8,000)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Video Stream ($): HerdZone
Twitter Updates: @OwlsVB |@HerdVolleyball
Series Record: Rice leads, 8-6
NEWS & NOTES
- The Rice Owls volleyball squad begins the final stretch of four matches in the regular season starting this Wednesday (6 p.m.) in San Antonio against the Roadrunners. The two teams met earlier this season in Houston back on Oct. 15 with the Owls dropping a 3-2 decision. The Owls lead the all-time series vs. UTSA, 14-5. Entering play Wednesday the Roadrunners sit in second place in the C-USA standings while the Owls are tied for third. Rice then has three days to prepare for a road tilt in Huntington, WV against the Marshall Thundering Herd in the first meeting of the season between the two teams. First serve is set for Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT). Rice leads the all-time series, 8-6.
- Rice is coming off a massive five-set win last Saturday over No. 22 WKU. The win was the Owls second of the season over a Top-25 program (also No. 23 Colorado, Sept. 12), marking the first time in program history the Owls had beaten two ranked teams in a single-season.
- Sophomore setter Madison McDaniel was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Tuesday following a career performance vs. WKU of 70 assists. McDaniel joined former Owl great Tiffany Carrethers (Nov. 2, 1998) as the only Owls to ever win an AVCA National Player of the Week award and was the first C-USA setter to accomplish the feat since 2011. McDaniel averaged 13.62 assists per set along with 3.38 digs per set over eight frames last week while the Owls posted 16.75 kills per frame. For her efforts McDaniel was also named the C-USA Setter of the Week for the fifth time this season, tying former Owl Megan Murphy for the program record for a single season.
- Senior outside hitter Noelle Whitlock became the 16th player in Rice history to surpass 1,000 career digs with her career-high 24 dig performance vs. WKU on last Saturday. The Riverside, Calif. native has already compiled a career-high 298 digs this season, 2.84 per set. Whitlock joined fellow senior libero Kimberly Vaio as the other Owl to join the 1,000-career digs club. Vaio accomplished the feat back in mid-September.
- Rice moved up 21 spots to No. 60 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings released on Monday. Rice trails only WKU (No. 22) amongst C-USA schools in the rankings.
- The Owls ranks in the Top-20 in the nation in five different categories entering play Wednesday. Rice is third in both total team assists (1,419) and total team kills (1,502). Rice also comes in at 11th in assists per set (13.51) and 15th in total team attacks (3,849). The Owls are also 15th in kills per set (14.30).
- Rice has won 11 C-USA weekly awards by six different players this season, the most in the league.
- The Owls got off to their best 16-match start (12-4) since the 2009 season, in which Rice won the C-USA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
- Rice played a school record fourth consecutive, five-set match in their Oct. 15 loss to UTSA. The Owls have gone to five sets on nine different occasions in 2015, posting a 6-4 record in such instances.