Sept. 1, 2016 Weekend Storylines
*Fresh off a sweep of Houston Baptist in their home opener on Tuesday, the Owls hit the road again for three matches at the Tiger Invitational hosted by the University of Missouri this weekend. Rice first faces an undefeated Utah squad on Friday (1:30 p.m.) in the first meeting between the two schools since 1996. Then on Saturday the Owls play a morning/evening doubleheader, beginning with Illinois St. at 10 a.m., followed by host Missouri at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network+.
*Through four matches (8/31/16) the Owls rank number one in the nation with 48.5 total team blocks. Four Owls have already compiled 10 or more blocks, led by freshman middle blocker Grace Morgan's
team-high 21 blocks. Rice has 10 or more team blocks in all four matches this season.
*After 52 kills in her first four matches, senior opposite hitter Chelsey Harris
is just 23 kills shy of 1,000 for her career. Fourteen other Owls have accomplished the feat in school history with Jillian Humphrey
the last to do so in 2014.
*Following this weekend the Owls will return home to host the Rice Adidas Invite I, which will include Oakland, Sam Houston State and USC.