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Oct. 26, 2000

An 11-day break mixed with not playing at home since Sept. 30, make for relieved feelings for the Golden Hurricane. For the first time in just under a month, TU will play in the Donald W. Reynolds Center, as it hosts UTEP on Friday, Oct. 27, with Rice coming to town on Saturday, Oct. 28. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.

The Miners took the first match between the two schools earlier this year in El Paso, Texas (15-6, 15-8, 15-7). The overall series is owned by UTEP with a 20-6 advantage, including a series split last season as each team won its home match. This season the Miners have four players averaging better than 3.0 kills per game, including junior Jacqui Nosan who leads the WAC with a .373 hitting percentage. Senior setter Veronica Acosta averages 13.25 assists per game as well. UTEP will enter the contest with a 9-11 overall mark and currently tied with TU for eighth place in the WAC with a 1-7 record.

The Golden Hurricane lost to Rice in Houston in a five-game match (13-15, 15-12, 1-15, 15-9, 10-15) this year. Last season, TU defeated the Owls in Houston, for the first WAC road victory in the program's history. It also marked the first time Tulsa had beaten Rice in eight matches. The Owls now own a 9-1 advantage in the overall series.

Rice, 14-10 overall and 3-6 in the WAC, is led by senior Karolina Zelinka who averages 4.22 kills per game and by junior Nil Kalagoglu who averages 12.15 assists per game.

The Golden Hurricane's match with Rice will be shown on Cox Cable's Ch. 9, locally in Tulsa.