Nov. 24, 2010
The Rice Owls volleyball squad (15-16, 10-9) hosts Houston (19-12, 13-6) Saturday night (Nov. 27) to conclude the 2010 season. Action starts at 7 p.m. inside Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice previously defeated UH 30 on Sept. 21. It is the final home match for Rice seniors Jutyna Brewczyk, Caroline Gill, Tracey Lam, and Meredith Schamun.
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 128-86. 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 5,169 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 10.45 assists per set for 2010. She also has eight double-doubles for the season.
Lam Diggin' It
Senior libéro Tracey Lam holds the Rice career record for digs with 2,368 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 667 digs for a 5.75 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. She was recently named C-USA First Team for the second straight season and for the third straight time selected as the C-USA Libéro of the Year.
Cole First in Kills
Sophomore Nancy Cole leads Rice with 359 kills and is second at 3.09 kills per set. Cole also sports a team-high .322 hitting percentage and leads the Owls with 100 blocks (19 BS, 81 BA). She smacked a career-high 20 kills at East Carolina and at SMU. She leads Rice volleyball with double-digit kills in 20 matches this season and was recently named to the All-C-USA Second Team.
Junior outside hitter Ashleigh McCord despite only playing in 69 of 116 sets due to an injury was named to the All-C-USA Second Team. The Wylie, Texas, native leads Rice with a 4.10 kills per set average and her 283 kills ranks second on the team. 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 has missed the final nine matches of the season due to a shoulder injury.