No. 4 Rice Owls (21-9, 11-5 C-USA) vs. No. 5 Marshall Thundering Herd (16-15, 10-6 C-USA)
C-USA Quarterfinals Nov. 21, 2014 2 p.m.
Reed Green Coliseum Hattiesburg, MS
Series: Rice leads, 7-6
Last Mtg: L, 3-2 (11/13/14) at Rice
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Would advance to play winner of No. 1 UTSA/No. 8 Charlotte
C-USA Semifinals Nov. 22, 2014 2 p.m. (C-USA Digital Network)
Reed Green Coliseum Hattiesburg, MS
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Volleyball Falls In Five Sets To Marshall
Despite a night in which Chelsey Harris set a career-high with 21 kills, the Rice Owls volleyball team was unable to get over the hump against the Marshall Thundering Herd Thursday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse, falling in five sets (17-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-12, 13-15) for just their fourth home loss this season.
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- The Owls will be looking to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament from Conference USA by winning the C-USA Tournament in Hattiesburg, Mississippi this weekend. Rice finished fourth in C-USA and will face No. 5 Marshall on Friday. The Owls are 5-6 all-time in the conference tournament and last won the tournament title in 2009.
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- Rice is 7-6 all-time against Marshall and are coming off a five-set loss to the Thundering Herd played just a week ago in Houston. The Herd closed the regular season by winning six of their final seven matches.
- Last season the Owls fell in the opening round of the C-USA Tournament by a 3-0 score to UAB in Murfreesboro.
- Earlier this week the Owls were recognized for their 20-plus win season when five total players earned C-USA honors. Jillian Humphrey was selected to the First-Team for the first time in her career while Sara Blasier, Chelsey Harris and Leah Mikesky were all named to the C-USA Second-Team. In addition, freshman middle blocker Portia Okafor was named to the All-Freshman Team.
- Along with being named to the Second-Team All-Conference, Leah Mikesky was also named to the 2014 Conference USA All-Academic squad. The Schulenburg, Texas native boasts a 4.13 GPA in kinesiology and ranked sixth in the league in both kills per set and points per set. It marked the ninth consecutive season the Owls landed at least one student-athlete on the All-Academic Team.
- Jillian Humphrey is one just five Owls to have over 1,000-plus career kills (1,153) and 400-plus career blocks (499). Humphrey is only 7 blocks away from joining Tessa Kuykendall as the only players in Rice history to have 1,000-plus kills and 500-plus blocks.
- Rice head coach Genny Volpe enters this weekend just two wins shy of 200 for her career. In her 11th season, Volpe has compiled a career record of 198-139 with a career winning percentage of .591, both of which rank as the best in school history.
- Rice (21-9) recorded their 13th, 20-win season in school history and the fourth in the Genny Volpe era.
- In the latest RPI rankings of the season the Owls come in at No. 91, behind Western Kentucky (42) and UTSA (66) amongst all C-USA squads.
- The Owls have 14 shutouts in 2014, the most by a Rice team since the Owls had 13 in 2009.