Owls on the Road to Tulsa and SMU

Nov. 18, 2010

Tulsa Match Game Tracker - Fri.

SMU Match Game Tracker - Sun.

The Rice Owls volleyball squad (15-14, 10-7) plays at No. 24 Tulsa (27-2, 17-0) on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Reynolds Center. Rice then plays at SMU (23-5, 15-2) on Sunday (Nov. 21) at noon inside Moody Coliseum. Previously this season, the Owls lost at home 3-1 to SMU (Oct. 22) and 3-0 to Tulsa (Oct. 24).

Head Coach Genny Volpe Rice head volleyball coach Genny Volpe is in her seventh season directing the Owls' volleyball program. Volpe has an overall school and career record of 128-84. She has led Rice to all three of its NCAA championship appearances (2004, 2008, and 2009).

Volpe came to Rice University after spending three years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Texas A&M. Prior to Texas A&M, Volpe was an assistant at SMU from 1996 to 2000. She spent the 1995 season as an assistant coach for the Owls under Henry Chen.

Schamun Sets It Owl senior setter Meredith Schamun ranks first in school history with 5,081 assists and seventh all-time in C-USA. Schamun surpassed Katie Meyer's mark of 4,540 (1988-1991) with her 17th assist vs. UTEP in set two. She is averaging 10.41 assists per set for 2010.

Lam Diggin' It Senior libéro Tracey Lam holds the Rice career record for digs with 2,317 and second all-time in C-USA, behind Jaci Gonzalez of Houston with 2,451 digs (2002-05). Last season she set the single season dig record with 633 digs. Lam leads the team with 616 digs for a 5.70 dps, which is sixth-best in the nation. She has been named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions this season (Sept. 20, Oct. 4, and Oct. 18) and 12 times during her career.



Cole First in Kills Sophomore Nancy Cole leads Rice with 332 kills and is second at 3.07 kills per set. Cole also sports a team-high .327 hitting percentage and leads the Owls with 96 blocks (18 BS, 78 BA). She had a career-high 20 kills in the victory at East Carolina and she leads Rice volleyball with double-digit kills in 19 matches this season.

McCord Junior outside hitter Ashleigh McCord leads with 283 kills for a 4.10 kills per set average ranks 29th in the nation. She has reached double-digit kills in 18 matches in 2010. McCord has tallied 996 kills in her career. She was named MVP of the Rice Invitational II by averaging 4.08 kps with a .377 hitting percentage. She will have has missed the final nine matches of the season with a shoulder injury since Oct. 25.

Next Up The Owls conclude the 2010 season on Nov. 27 when they host Houston at 7 p.m. Rice will also honor its four seniors Justyna Brewczyk, Caroline Gill, Tracey Lam, and Meredith Schamun prior to the match.



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