Volleyball Goes To Tulsa And SMU Looking For C-USA Title

Megan Murphy is the C-USA Setter of the Week

Nov. 8, 2012

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Rice Owls (18-10, 11-3 C-USA) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (19-9, 12-2 C-USA)

The Last Meeting
September 30, 2012
Tudor Fieldhouse
VB: Tulsa Edges Rice In Five Sets
HOUSTON- Tulsa defeated Rice 3-2 Sunday afternoon in Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls remain in second place in C-USA after five games.

The Last Meeting
September 28, 2012
Tudor Fieldhouse
Volleyball Extends Winning Streak To Six
HOUSTON- Rice's volleyball team extended its winning streak to six matches as it downed SMU 3-2 Friday night at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls play C-USA's other unbeaten team, Tulsa, for the early league lead on Sunday.

C-USA Game • Nov. 9, 2012 • 7 p.m.

Donald W. Reynolds Center • Tulsa, Okla.

Series: Rice leads 20-16

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Rice Owls (18-10, 11-3 C-USA) at SMU Mustangs (9-17, 6-8 C-USA)

C-USA Game • Nov. 11, 2012 • 1 p.m.

Moody Coliseum • Dallas, Texas

Series: Rice leads 22-11

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Rice Takes On Tulsa And SMU With Conference USA Title On The Line

The Owls make their last regular-season road trip of the season, taking on Tulsa and SMU, and would win the C-USA title with two victories this weekend. The Owls have won one C-USA title, the 2009 Tournament Title, and have never won the conference regular season. The Owls are looking for their first 20-win season since 2009.

Gunnin' For That No. 1 Spot

Rice could win its second C-USA title and first regular season title this weekend. Rice must win both matches, if Tulsa beats Houston to force a tie and become C-USA Co-Champions. In that scenario, Rice wins the tiebreaker and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament if the Owls defeat Tulsa in three or four sets, or if the combined point differential in a five set victory is 11 or more.

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 6-0 coming off of a loss since then, winning 18 of 20 sets in those matches.

Murphy Earns Fifth Setter Of The Week Honor On Nov. 5

Megan Murphy was named C-USA Setter of the Week on Nov. 5, her fifth Setter of the Week honor this season. She had 13.17 assists per set and 79 total on the weekend, as the Owls swept both of their C-USA matches. She had 41 assists against UCF, and 38 against Southern Miss.

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.

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 25th in assists per set and 32nd in kills per set. The Owls rank 42nd in digs per set, and 70th 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 28th in the NCAA in assists, and ranks ninth in the league in hitting percentage. She has at least 30 assists in 24 matches, 40+ assists in 15 matches and 50+ assists in seven matches this year. She has 12 double doubles on the season, one of which was a triple double, and five 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 250 of four different national categories. She ranks 78th in points per set, 115th in kills per set, 100th in hitting percentage and 214th in blocks per set. She ranks 2nd in C-USA hitting percentage, 6th in points, 7th in kills per set and 7th in blocks. She is 6th on Rice's all-time blocks list, 10th on Rice's all-time kills 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 3rd in C-USA and 80th in the nation in blocks per set. She ranks 10th in C-USA games in hitting percentage. She ranks 13th in C-USA in hitting percentage and 19th in points per set.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Rice has played 18 home games this season, including three switched to Rice's Fox Gym from LSU's Tiger Classic, which is 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.


Daniela Arenas and SMU OH Carla Armstrong played together at Cy-Woods High School ... Genny Volpe was an assistant coach for SMU head coach Lisa Seifert at SMU from 1996-99

Scoreboard Watching - Selected Results From Rice's Non-Conference Schedule

Washington jumped back to No. 5 in the rankings after wins against Utah and Colorado ... Rice's .358 hitting percentage against Washington is the highest any opponent has hit against the Huskies this year by .052 points ... No. 14 BYU beat No. 19 San Diego... No. 21 Purdue beat Northwestern and Illinois





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