Nov. 14, 2012
Rice's volleyball team announced the signing of three student-athletes on Wednesday to enroll in school and join the volleyball squad in 2013. Chelsey Harris from Humble, Stephanie Mendivil from Tucson, Ariz. and Miranda Rogers from Houston have signed National Letters of Intent with the Owls.
"Overall this class is stacked with size, athleticism and intelligence," said Rice head coach Genny Volpe. "We couldn't be happier by adding Chelsey and Miranda to the team, who are both great players from Houston area, and Stephanie, who is a great player from the state of Arizona."
Chelsey Harris is a 6-0 right side/middle blocker from Humble, who plays for Summer Creek High School and Texas Tornadoes Club. In 2011, she was selected to the United States Junior National Training team. She was named one of Prep Volleyball's Top 100 Senior Aces, and was twice named First Team All-District. She was named Summer Creek's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011. She is a member of National Honors Society, and was an All-Academic Team selection in 2011.
"Chelsey Harris is a dynamic player who will add pop to our offense," said Volpe. "She is dangerous because she's quick off the floor and has a very fast, deceptive left-hand. She is capable of attacking at all tempos. "
Stephanie Mendivil is a 6-3 outside hitter from Tucson, Ariz. She plays for Cienga High School and club volleyball for Dinamo. She hit .401 her senior season, with 4.6 kills per set. She is a two time All-Southern Arizona selection, and was named a PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace. She set a Cienga High School record with 450 kills her junior season, and had 1,082 kills in her high school career. She has helped Cienga to advance to the state tournament in each of her four seasons. She is a member of National Honors Society.
"Stephanie is exactly what you want in an outside hitter," said Volpe. "She has size and athleticism and can also pass the ball well. Even better, one of her greatest strengths is her intelligence for the game. She can see the play develop on the defensive side and is likely one of the best left side blockers we've ever recruited."
Miranda Rogers is a 6-2 middle blocker from Houston, who plays for Bellaire High School and club volleyball for Houston Juniors. Named a PrepVolleball.com Senior Ace, she is a three-time First Team All-District 20-5A selection, and helped the Cardinals to four straight district titles. She was named Honorable Mention All-Texas. She is a member of National Honors Society. Her sister, Zoe Rogers, is a senior on Rice's women's basketball squad.
"Miranda Rogers brings a lot of experience to the middle position," said Volpe. "She is a smart player who reads the other side of the net well and puts herself in a good position defensively. She is quick, hard-working, competitive, and is very eager to learn."