Dec. 6, 2011
Cole, a junior middle blocker from Pasadena, Texas, and Pasadena Memorial H.S., led Rice in kills with 378 (3.23 kills per set) and she was tops on the team with 26 matches in double-digit kills and second on team with 121 blocks (1.03 blocks per set). Cole was fourth in Conference USA in hitting percentage (.335) and ranked seventh in kills.
A product of Plano West H.S., in Plano, Texas, Murphy is a redshirt sophomore who led the Owls in assists for 2011 with 1,274 (10.89 assists per set) and in double-doubles with 14. Murphy's assist average ranked fourth in C-USA. Under her direction the Owls posted a .242 hitting percentage that ranked second in C-USA.
This is Cole's second and All-Midwest Region accolade and the first for Murphy. Rice in 2011 posted an 18-13 overall record and 13-7 slate to place second in Conference USA.
All-Midwest Region Team
Jessica Adams,University of Tulsa, L, JR
Lucy Charuk***, University of Houston, MB, SR
Nancy Cole **, Rice University, MB, JR
Angelica Crump, UCF, OH, SO
Kasey Elswick, U. Tenn. at Martin, L, JR
Altrese Hawkins**, University of Memphis, OH, JR
Tyler Henderson***, University of Tulsa, OH, JR
Megan Murphy, Rice University, S, SO
Rachel Neuberger, UW-Milwaukee, MB, SO
Taylor Root**, Valparaiso University, L, JR
Sam Serley**, UAB, MB, JR
Kelsea Seymour**, Southern Mississippi, S, SR
Kerri Schuh**, UW-Milwaukee, RS, SR
Diana Silva, University of Tulsa, OH, JR