– Rice junior libero Lee Ann Cunningham
was awarded the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the league office announced on Monday (10/29).
Cunningham played a pivotal role in helping the Owls secure a pair of critical road victories and extend their winning streak to a program record 13 straight. The Louisville, Ky. native totaled 48 digs over eight sets (6.0 per set) and was part of a defense that held UTSA and UTEP to hitting percentages of .084 and .182, respectively.
In Rice's 3-0 victory at UTSA, Cunningham posted 19 digs in just three sets and then came back with a monster defensive effort of 29 digs in Rice's comeback victory at UTEP. Those 29 digs were tied for the third-most by a C-USA player during league action this year. Cunningham also went over the 1,500 career digs milestone on Sunday and will enter play this weekend with 1,515 digs.
The junior currently ranks fourth during league play with 4.66 digs per set. For Cunningham, the award was her third C-USA weekly honor this season.
The Owls will go for their 14th straight victory this Friday, Nov. 2 when they host Charlotte at 6 p.m. from Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice will close out their regular season home slate on Sunday when they take on UAB at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.