Volleyball Places Five on All-C-USA Teams

Nov. 17, 2015

IRVING, Texas -- Rice volleyball had five players named to the 2015 All-Conference USA Volleyball teams for a second consecutive season, the league office announced Tuesday morning.

Madison McDaniel and Leah Mikesky were named First Team All-CUSA, with Chelsey Harris and Portia Okafor earning second team honors. McKay Kyle was also honored, becoming the eighth Owl in Rice history to be named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.

The five all-conference selections for the Owls were tied with UTSA for the second-most selections amongst C-USA schools, behind only WKU's six. It marks the fifth time (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015) in the Genny Volpe era that Rice had four or more players selected to all-conference teams.

McDaniel, a sophomore setter from The Woodlands, ranks 26th in the nation (1st in C-USA) in assists per set (11.09) and orchestrates an offense that ranks second in the nation in team kills (1,729) and 14th in the country in kills per set (14.41). McDaniel became just the second player in Rice history to be named the Sports Imports/AVCA Div. I National Player of the Week (11/3) and just the second setter in C-USA history to win the award.

McDaniel was also a five-time C-USA Setter of the Week winner, the first since 2012. She leads the Owls with 18 double-doubles and posted a career and C-USA season-high 70 assists in the Owls win over No. 22 WKU.

Mikesky, a junior from Schulenburg, Texas, ranks 13th in the nation in total attacks (1,302), 24th in total kills (452), and 34th in points (492.5). Mikesky ranks second on team with 16 double-doubles and is seventh amongst all C-USA players in both kills per set (3.77) and points per set (4.10). The C-USA Offensive Player of the Week (9/8), Mikesky had seven matches with 20 or more kills, including a 21-kill, 16-dig performance in the Owls win over No. 22 WKU (10/31). Mikesky was a second-team all-conference selection in 2014.

Okafor, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, ranks 46th in the nation (3rd in in C-USA) in total blocks (124) and 67th (5th in C-USA) in the country in hitting percentage (.360). An All-Conference USA Freshman Team selection last year, Okafor earned C-USA Defense Player of the Week honors on Sept. 28. She set a career-high with 11 blocks in a win over Yale (9/5), which was tied for the most blocks by a C-USA player in a single match this season.

Harris, a junior from Houston, ranks second on the team in kills per set (3.14), points per set (3.37), and total kills (336). A second-team all-conference selection in 2014, Harris has posted double-digit kills in nine C-USA matches, including a conference-high 18 in the Owls' win over No. 22 WKU (10/31). Harris was selected the MVP of the Yale Invitational following a career-high 25 kills in a win over Yale.

Kyle, a native of San Antonio, is the second Owl in as many years to be named to the All-Freshman Team. A C-USA Freshman of the Week selection on Sept. 8, Kyle recorded 10 or more kills in nine matches, including a season-high at North Texas (10/2). She also had 14 kills in the Owls' 3-2 win over WKU. She ranks second on the Owls in hitting percentage (.310), total blocks (73), and blocks per set (0.66).

The Owls take on Southern Miss on Friday in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championship. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. in San Antonio on the C-USA Digital Network.

All-Conference USA First Team
Carnae Dillard, North Texas
Dajana Boskovic, UTSA
Jessica Lucas, WKU
Noelle Langenkamp, WKU
Mary Pursell, Southern Miss
Alyssa Cavanaugh, WKU
Leah Mikesky, Rice
Chelsea Ross, Middle Tennessee
Madison McDaniel, Rice
Ally Kiekover, Marshall
Maja Ristic, Florida Atlantic

All-Conference USA Second Team
Gabby Deshotel, UAB
Stephanie Purdue, Southern Miss
Lucia Castro, FIU
Sydney Engle, WKU
Marijeta Runjic, UTSA
Brittney Brown, Florida Atlantic
Haley Bodway, WKU
Holly Milam, North Texas
Kylie Schott, UTSA
Portia Okafor, Rice
Abreia Epps, Charlotte
Amanda Gonzales, UTSA
Chelsey Harris, Rice
Jennifer Ene, FIU

All-Conference USA Freshman Team
Rachel Anderson, WKU
Amanda Gonzales, UTSA
Sarah Bell, Southern Miss
Gabriela Martin, Florida Atlantic
McKay Kyle, Rice
Kylie Baumgartner, UTEP






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