Owls To Host North Texas, LA Tech This Weekend

Leah Mikesky and the Owls return home to host North Texas and Louisiana Tech this weekend.
Nov. 6, 2014

Friday, Nov. 7 vs. North Texas (6 p.m.): Tickets | Video ($) | Live Stats | Twitter
Sunday, Nov. 9 vs. Louisiana Tech (1 p.m.): Tickets | Video ($) | Live Stats | Twitter 

Rice vs. North Texas-Louisiana Tech Match Notes 

Weekend Storylines
  • The Owls return home to Tudor Fieldhouse this weekend for the beginning of a four-game stretch at home to close out the regular season. Rice is 9-2 at Tudor Fieldhouse this season and a perfect 4-0 in league play at home.        
  • Rice weclomes in North Texas on Friday for the second meeting of the season between the two squads. The Owls improved to 8-2 all-time against the Mean Green after winning 3-1 in Denton earlier this season on Oct. 1. North Texas enters this weekend winners of five straight and sit in fifth place in C-USA.
  • On Sunday the Owls host Louisiana Tech for the first meeting of the season against the Lady Techsters. Rice is 11-2 all-time against LA Tech and will be playing a team that has last 11 of their last 13 matches.
About Rice Volleyball
  • Rice recorded their 13th, 20-win season in school history and the fourth in the Genny Volpe era with their 3-0 sweep at Florida Atlantic last Sunday. 
  • In the latest RPI rankings of the season the Owls come in at No. 75, behind Western Kentucky (44) and UTSA (72) amongst all C-USA squads. 
  • Through 12 matches the Owls (10-2) currently sit in third place, two games back of first place UTSA. This past weekend the Owls clinched a berth in the C-USA Tournament, later to be held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi Nov. 21-23.  
  • The Owls already have 13 shutouts in 2014, the most by a Rice team since the Owls had 13 in 2009. Prior to their loss at UTSA, Rice reeled off four consecutive shutout victories for the first time since 2008. 
  • A pair of victories this weekend would guarantee the Owls no worse than a No. 3 seed in the C-USA Tournament.
  •  Portia Okafor earned the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week Monday. Okafor helped guide the Owls to a 2-0 weekend by controlling the net with 11 total blocks and 15 kills. Okafor posted four blocks (2 solo) in the Owls 3-1 win at FIU, followed by a seven-block performance in Rice’s 3-0 sweep at Florida Atlantic. The award gives the Owls six C-USA Player of the Week awards this season.
  • Jillian Humphrey is one just five Owls to have over 1,000-plus career kills (1,112) and 400-plus career blocks (489), joining Tiffany Carrethers, Natalie Bogan, Tricia Bowen and Tessa Kuykendall. Humphrey is only 11 blocks away from joining Kuykendall as the only players in Rice history to have 1,000-plus kills and 500-plus blocks.
The Last Meeting
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October 1, 2014
Denton, Texas
Owls Take Down Mean Green In Four Sets
The Rice Owls volleyball team bounced back from a heartbreaking five-set loss on Sunday at Western Kentucky to defeat the North Texas Mean Green in four sets (14-25, 32-30, 25-21, 25-20) Wednesday evening at the North Texas Volleyball Center.


The Last Meeting
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November 17, 2013
Tudor Fieldhouse
Owls Sweep Lady Techsters on Senior Day
The Rice Owls volleyball team closed the 2013 regular season with a 3-0 triumph over Louisiana Tech on Senior Day, defeating the Lady Techsters 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 at Tudor Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon.



 

 

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