Sara Blasier posted 42 assists in her first collegiate start against LSU (Sept. 7)

Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Hosts HBU, Missouri and NC State In Tournament

Sept. 12, 2013

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Houston Baptist Huskies (5-3, 0-0 SLC) at Rice Owls (2-5, 0-0 C-USA)
Rice Invitational II • September 13 • 11 a.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas

Missouri Tigers (8-0, 0-0 SEC) at Rice Owls
Rice Invitational II • September 13 • 7:30 p.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas

NC State Wolfpack (6-0, 0-0 ACC) at Rice Owls
Rice Invitational II • September 14 • 1 p.m.
Tudor Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas

Weekend Storylines

• Rice has won all six matches it has played against Houston Baptist, including a 3-1 victory last season

• HBU Head Coach Trent Herman was an assistant coach for Genny Volpe at Rice from 2005-09. Last season's Rice win was the first time Volpe faced one of her former assistants

• Rice has won its last 13 matches against foes from the Southland Conference, dating back to 2008, and has won 20 straight sets against Southland opponents since 2010. The Owls defeated Southland opponents Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sept. 6 and Lamar on Sept. 10

Missouri has won the only two matchups between the Tigers and Rice. Missouri took a 3-0 victory in Malibu, Calif. in the teams last meeting

NC State and Rice have split their only two meetings, with Rice taking the last matchup in five sets during the 2000 season.

• Rice and NC State's baseball teams met in the 2013 NCAA Super Regionals, with NC State winning the series on two one-run wins

• NC State and Missouri are two of the 28 schools nationally unbeaten entering this week. At least one of them will fall before facing Rice, as they face off at 1 p.m. on Friday.

About Rice Volleyball

• Rice was the preseason pick to win C-USA by the league's coaches

Lizzy Bache was named All-Rice Invitational I for her .404 hitting percentage, 30 kills, and four service aces in the tournament

Rice played LSU to a four-set loss, but had two thrilling sets, winning a 28-26 first set, and dropping a 31-29 fourth set, the Owls' longest set since September 15, 2012

• The Owls have played three five set matches this season (0-3 record), including the first two matches of the year. Rice played six five set matches in 2012, going 3-3 in those matches

• Rice had chances to take their other two losses to a fifth set, having a tie at 24-24 in the fourth set against both Santa Clara and LSU before losing the set and the match

• Two times this season Rice has had four players with double figure kills in the same match:Jillian Humphrey, Megan Murphy, Chelsea Harris & Mariah Riddlesprigger against Fresno State; Noelle Whitlock, Humphrey, Lizzy Bache & Stephanie Mendivil against UALR

• Ten Players have reached double figure kills or digs in a match this season

Megan Murphy and Jillian Humphrey were selected Preseason All-C-USA

• Rice is seeking its sixth consecutive .500-or-better season

• Rice's schedule includes 16 matches (13 remaining) against RPI Top 150 teams from 2012 and 13 matches (11 remaining) against 20+ win teams in 2012. The Owls play 19 matches in the state of Texas this season.

• Volleyball Season Tickets remain on sale, starting at $50 for adults and $99 for a family four pack

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