C-USA Championship Notes (vs. Marshall) | Bracket | Championship Central
No. 6 Rice Owls (18-10, 10-4 C-USA) vs. No. 3 Marshall Thundering Herd (22-7, 11-3)
C-USA Quarterfinals, Friday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m.
Houston, Texas • Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750)
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Series Record: Rice leads, 10-6
NEWS & NOTES
*The Owls will be in search of an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament from Conference USA by winning the C-USA Championship this weekend as the host school. Rice closed the regular season in a three-way tie for fourth place in the C-USA standings and will enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed, squaring off against No. 3 Marshall.
*Rice is 7-8 all-time in the C-USA Tournament and last won the tournament title in 2009, when the Owls last hosted the championship. Last season the Owls were defeated by Southern Miss in the opening round of the C-USA Championship.
*The Owls are 10-6 all-time against Marshall, including a 3-0 sweep over the Thundering Herd back on Oct. 14 at Tudor Fieldhouse. In that match three Owls (Leah Mikesky-12 kills, Chelsey Harris-10 kills, Portia Okafor-10 kills) posted 10 or more kills and Madison McDaniel dished out a staggering 40 assists in just three sets.
*All three rounds of the C-USA Championship will be available for viewing on CUSAtv, including the title game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
*The Owls were well represented on the C-USA All-Conference teams, which were announced Wednesday morning. Chelsey Harris and Madison McDaniel were each selected to the First Team while Leah Mikesky and Portia Okafor each earned Second Team spots. In addition, Lee Ann Cunningham was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
*Rice is 12-3 this season at Tudor Fieldhouse and has won 10 consecutive matches at home. The Owls finished the season a perfect 7-0 at home during league play, marking the first time Rice has accomplished that feat since the 2004 season when they went 6-0 as members of the WAC.