On August 8, a federal judge handed down a landmark decision that could drastically impact the future of collegiate athletics. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled the National Collegiate Athletic Association must allow colleges to pay athletes.
The Rice University women’s soccer team went on the road this past weekend to play two non-conference matches against Lamar University and Louisiana State University. The Owls secured their first win of the season against Lamar and followed up with a second win by defeating the LSU Tigers. The Owls improved to 2-1-1 on the season.
Rice University women’s volleyball hosted their annual season opener, the Rice Invitational, this past weekend. On Friday, Rice swept University of California, Davis. They then suffered a close 3-2 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, followed by a final game between Rice and Fresno State in which Rice achieved a 3-0 victory. Next weekend, Rice heads to the North Carolina State tournament where they will face North Carolina State, Connecticut and Toledo in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Rice University women’s soccer team kicked off their 2014 season with two overtime matches this past week. The 2014 team has many key returning players including senior goalkeeper Amy Czyz and juniors Holly Hargreaves and Lauren Hughes, who led last year’s team in scoring with nine goals each. Other returning players for the Owls are midfielders senior Quinny Truong and junior Danielle Spriggs.
When the Rice University football team takes the field against the 17th-ranked University of Notre Dame this Saturday, Aug. 30, they will be the defending conference champions for the first time since 1956. Following their third ten-win season in school history, the Owls will strive for their third consecutive bowl game and try to repeat as conference champions, something that has never been achieved in school history.
The Rice University men’s tennis team traveled to Tulsa, Okla. this weekend for the Conference USA Men’s Tennis Championship. The fifth-seeded Owls defeated fourth-seed Middle Tennessee State University 4-1 in the first round before falling to top-seeded University of Tulsa 4-0 in the semifinals.
Jessica Kuster, the leading rebounder and scorer in Rice University women’s basketball history, signed a contract with the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars on Monday, April 21. Despite not being drafted in the three rounds of the WNBA Draft, Kuster was able to sign a contract with her hometown team.
The Rice University baseball team competed this past weekend in a three-game series against the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Upon entering Friday’s game, Rice held a two-game Conference USA lead over UAB but would widen that gap after winning all three games.
This past weekend, Rice University faced fellow Texan teams Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University. After losing in a 7-0 match against TCU on Saturday, the Owls managed to beat rival SMU 4-2 and improved their record to 9-12.
The Rice University men’s baseball team traveled to New Orleans, La. this past weekend to face Tulane University in a three-game Conference USA series. The Owls entered the series coming off a road win against in-state rival No. 7 University of Texas, Austin and carried their momentum into the weekend.
Every day, Mike Rhoades wears a custom-made black rubber bracelet that says “Lots of love and faith — with no excuses.” Rhoades swears by this motto, and he hopes to bring his philosophy to the Rice University men’s basketball team as the new head coach.
This past weekend, the Rice University women’s tennis team traveled to Williamsburg, Va. to compete against the College of William and Mary and Yale University. Due to inclement weather, all the matches were held indoors, but that did not stop the Owls from winning the tournament.