NORTHRIDGE - 2009
Matt Rice appeared in four matches and eight games as a redshirt freshman ... recorded 15 kills while averaging 1.88 kpg ... hit .333 for the season to go with two assists, three digs and four blocks ... knocked down a career-high seven kills in 11 swings (.455) with two blocks (one solo) in Northridge's 3-0 win over NJIT (Mar. 17) ... had five kills while hitting .444 with a pair of digs against Hope International (Mar. 21) ... also saw against No. 8 Long Beach State where he had three kills, one dig and a pair of blocks ... came off the bench in the MPSF semifinal against Pepperdine and took one swing while also serving once.
Rice redshirted the 2008 season as a true freshman.
FOOTHILL HIGH SCHOOL
Was a three-time letterwinner in volleyball at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, Calif. ... earned first team all-league honors as well as Contra Costa Times Volleyball Player of the Year in 2007 ... was also named Tri-Valley Herald Athlete of the Year ... picked up second team all-league accolades as a junior in 2006 ... had 402 kills while hitting .438 as a senior in 2007 ... graduated in 2007 with a 3.7 grade point average.
Born February 2, 1989 in Walnut Creek, Calif. ... parents are Julie and Bud Rice ... has two older brothers, BJ and Ben ... BJ attends San Jose State and Ben attends Santa Clara ... chose Northridge over UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego ... also competed for the U.S. Youth National Team ... favorites include the New England Patriots, former NBA star Michael Jordan, actors Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston and the TV show "Seinfeld" ... says his greatest moment in sports was going undefeated and winning the North Coast Section championship in 2007 ... major is Finance.