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Owls' expectations rise as they prepare for Johnny Football

(08/29/13 12:00am)

Rice students returned to the classroom this week, but the football team has been on campus since Aug. 5 preparing for the upcoming season. The Owls open their season this Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, where they take on an old rival, Texas A&M University and its Heisman-winning quarterback, sophomore Johnny Manziel.



Men's tennis in slump headed to Conference USAtournament

(04/19/13 12:00am)

After a close 4-3 loss to Southern Methodist University over the weekend, the Owls head into the 2013 Conference USA tournament, which will be held in Memphis, Tennessee. Rice University finished the regular season with a 10-13 record and will have to win the C-USA tournament if it wants to qualify for the NCAA tournament.





Graham already solidified place in history before Hall

(03/15/12 12:00am)

Rice University baseball was not always the way it is now. In its first 78 years of existence, baseball only had seven winning seasons. They were the laughing stock of the Southwestern Athletic Conference as they never finished higher than second place and finished dead last 24 times. Just like with many of its other major Division I sports, Rice was not up to par with some of the big boys like The University of Texas and Texas A&M University.


Is super conference really better for Owls

(02/23/12 12:00am)

With the college conference landscape changing more than it ever has, the Owls were wondering when the effect of realignment would finally reach them. Conference powers the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, University of Central Florida and archrival University of Houston accepted invitations to join the Big East starting in 2013, leaving Conference USA and Rice in a gigantic hole.


Volleyball picks up win to close out season

(12/03/10 12:00am)

Returning to the Tudor Fieldhouse floor after a halftime intermission, the volleyball team was staring at the possibility of ending their season on a low note. The team had lost its previous two matches at the University of Tulsa (30-2, 20-0 C-USA) 3-0 and a heartbreaker at Southern Methodist University (25-6, 17-3 C-USA) 3-2. The Owls were down 2-0 at home against the University of Houston (19-13, 13-7 C-USA) on senior night and were on the verge of falling into a three-way tie for fifth place in Conference USA. Rice's star senior setter Meredith Schamun had to leave the game in the second set because she was feeling ill. In short, everything was going wrong for Rice. However, the Owls would not let their season end so quietly. After Houston won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-23, Rice fought back, winning the next two sets 25-21 and 25-19 to push this intense match to an all-deciding fifth set. The Cougars were not done fighting either, but their effort was not enough, as Rice edged them out in the fifth set 16-14 to win the match 3-2. It was a season sweep for the Owls, as they had also defeated the Cougars 3-0 in their first C-USA match of the season.


Volleyball swept by Marshall, takes out ECU

(11/19/10 12:00am)

It was an up-and-down weekend for the volleyball team, as they finally ended their three-game home losing streak by defeating East Carolina University (1-27, 0-16 C-USA) 3-1 on Saturday, but not before they were handed a deflating 3-0 loss by Marshall University (10- 18, 4-12 C-USA) on Friday. Against Marshall, the Owls could never quite gain momentum; every time it seemed like they were going to catch up, the Thundering Herd pulled away to take the lead and eventually take the set. Rice fell to Marshall in straight sets in one of their worst home losses of the season, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21. For the match, senior middle blocker Nancy Cole had 18 kills, while junior outside hitter Jordan Meredith had 12. Senior setter Meredith Schamun led the team with 22 assists and senior libero Tracey Lam had 12.


Volleyball drops conference matches at home

(11/12/10 12:00am)

Heartbreak is a major part of all sports. Volleyball is no different, as the team learned this weekend, losing two five-set matches to the University of Memphis (15-11, 6-8 C-USA) and the University of Alabama-Birmingham (8-18, 5-9 C-USA). This marks the second time this season that the Owls have lost to UAB in five sets. Rice is now 14-13 overall on the season with a 9-6 record in conference and is currently tied for fourth place with the University of Southern Mississippi.On a chilly Friday night, the Owls hosted Memphis in Tudor Fieldhouse. The Tigers dominated early, as they took the first set 25-18, but the Owls would not back down, as they took the second set 25-20. Memphis cruised to a 25-12 victory in the third set, with Rice fighting back for a dominant 25-13 fourth set. In the deciding fifth set, Memphis and Rice exchanged the first 14 points, before Memphis pulled away and eventually won the set 15-12 and the match 3-2. Sophomore middle blocker Nancy Cole had 16 kills, while junior outside hitter Jordan Meredith added 13 kills. Senior setter Meredith Schamun had 36 assists and senior libero Tracey Lam had 30 digs.


Volleyball drops home matches to C-USA leaders

(10/29/10 12:00am)

In volleyball, ephemeral hope is all too common. One moment a team can be celebrating a critical kill and then seconds later can feel frustration at a ball that fell to the floor just out of reach. The same could be said for the Owls' regular season conference championship hopes, as their optimism came crashing down this weekend. With losses to Southern Methodist University (17-5, 9-2 C-USA) and the University of Tulsa (21-2, 11-0 C-USA) over the weekend, Rice is now 12-11 overall and 7-4 in conference, leaving them four games behind Tulsa for the conference lead. On Friday night, the Owls lost to SMU by a score of 3-1. The Mustangs barely squeezed past the Owls in the first set 25-23 after nearly blowing a 8-2 lead. Rice stayed even with the Mustangs throughout the first half of the second set before breaking away to a 25-19 victory on a pivotal kill by freshman outside hitter Mariah Riddlesprigger. However, the Mustangs' lauded defense proved their mettle, as SMU broke the Owls' momentum by taking the next two sets 25-21 and 25-16 to win the match. Despite a variety of attacks from Rice during the last two sets, they were unable to maintain any type of momentum against the Mustangs. For the match, senior middle back Nancy Cole had 18 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Laurie McNamara added 12. Senior setter Meredith Schamun had 48 assists and senior libero Tracey Lam added 24 digs.


Sunday's Sports Update : Volleyball falls out of first in conference in loss to Tulsa

(10/22/10 12:00am)

The volleyball team fought to keep its regular season conference championship hopes alive, but they ran into a speed bump against the University of Tulsa as Rice lost 3-0. This loss drops the Owls to 12-11 overall on the season and 7-4 in conference play.In the first set, Tulsa got off to a hot start as they led 15-6. Rice could never quite catch up as Tulsa cruised to a 25-15 set win. Senior middle blocker Nancy Cole had four kills while junior outside hitter Jordan Meredith had three kills. Senior setter Meredith Schamun had nine assists while junior outside hitter Ashleigh McCord and junior outside hitter Megan White had five digs apiece.


Victories keep volleyball in thick of hunt for first place

(10/22/10 12:00am)

Going into this week, the Owls had been soaring through conference play, compiling a 6-1 record. After picking up two victories against Tulane University (5-15, 2-6 C-USA) on Oct. 8 and 9 in which they dropped only one game over the two matches, Rice vaulted themselves near the top of Conference USA. However, the Owls' flight isn't as strong at the moment, as they have put themselves in a small hole in the race for the regular season conference championship.The team suffered a tough loss last Friday at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (5-15, 2-6 C-USA), which had only one conference win coming into the match. The Owls lost 3-2 as they dropped a hard-fought fifth set 15-12. Freshman outside hitter Mariah Riddlesprigger led the team with 16 kills while sophomore middle blocker Nancy Cole added 14. Senior setter Meredith Schamun had 49 assists while senior libero Tracey Lam had 32 digs. Junior outside hitter Ashleigh McCord only played briefly in the first set as she suffered some stiffness in her legs and had to sit out for the rest of the match.


Volleyball splits conference matches on the road

(10/01/10 12:00am)

While the 3-1 record the volleyball team compiled during their brief stay in Houston could make any Owl fan feel optimistic, the true mettle of the team was revealed during the team's journey to Hattiesburg, Miss. to take on conference rival the University of Southern Mississippi (8-5, 1-1 C-USA). In their first meeting with Southern Miss on Friday, the Owls had their way, as they won three of four games 25-23, 25-20, and 25-22 for a 3-1 victory. Their only game lost was a narrow 25-20 win for the Golden Eagles. Junior outside hitter Ashleigh McCord led the team with 14 kills while sophomore outside hitter Laurie McNamara added 12 kills. Senior setter Meredith Schamun led the team with 37 assists while senior libero Tracey Lam had 23 digs.


Friday's Sports Update : Volleyball defeats UTEP in home conference match

(10/01/10 12:00am)

The women's volleyball beat the University of Texas-El Paso, 3-1, in a crucial Conference USA match on Friday night at Tudor Fieldhouse. The win brings the Owls to an 8-8 record with a 3-1 record in conference play. It wasn't an easy game as UTEP made sure Rice earned it.In the first set, Rice got off to a good start by taking a 14-8 lead. UTEP stormed back to tie the set at 15-15, but Rice pulled away as they won the set 25-20. Senior middle back Nancy Cole and junior outside blocker Ashleigh McCord led the team with five kills in the set. Senior libero Tracey Lam had six digs while senior setter Meredith Schamun had 11 assists and three digs.


KIPP founder schools Rice students

(09/03/10 12:00am)

Mike Feinberg, one of the two subjects of this year's common reading book, Work Hard. Be Nice. by Jay Matthews, visited Rice on Monday to talk to students about the Knowledge is Power Program. KIPP is an intensive curriculum for elementary and middle school students from low-income neighborhoods. Feinberg also discussed the current status of KIPP expansion and other educational reform issues.