Everyday Champion, Sept. 1, 2009-- Rachel Rourke
Junior (2008): Rachel Rourke set a number of firsts for the Oregon State volleyball program ... Finished ranked 12th in the nation for kills per set, 4.44; finished Pac-10 play averaging 4.84 kps ... Named to the Under Armour/Volleyball Magazine All-America Team ... All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention ... All-Pac-10 First Team ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 15-21) after earning Marquette Cheese Bowl Most Valuable Player honors ... Hammered 20-plus kills in all three matches of the tournament with 26 kills in upset of No. 13 Wisconsin (9/20) ... Served up a season-high four aces in the season opener against Wyoming (8/29) ... Posted a career-high .500 hitting percentage (14-1-26) against Portland (9/13) ... Joined the 30-kill club at No. 12 USC (11/1) with a career-high 34 kills and a near double-double with nine digs with a personal best 34.0 points ... In the upset of Women of Troy at home (10/3), found the floor 24 times with a pair of assists and three blocks ... Recorded double-digits for kills in all but five matches; 11 20-plus kills matches ... Led the team in kills (497), attacks (1,208), service aces (20), points (547.5; 4.89 pps) and racked up the second-most solo blocks (11).
Sophomore (2007): Continued to improve on her success from her rookie season, earning the team's lone All-Pac-10 honors ... Holds school record for career kills per game (4.39 kps) ... set the fourth-best single-season record for kills (505) and second-best record for kills per set (4.51) ... Set the sophomore single season record for kills per game last season and posted the second highest number of kills ... Was named to the All-Tournament team in all four tournaments, including earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Sacramento State Invitational ... Came up one kill shy of tying her career-high against Middle Tennessee (9/1) with 27, adding an ace and five digs ... Served a career-high five aces three times, setting the bar in the team's first match of the season against Colorado State (8/24) ... Posted a career-best seven blocks three times with the first time coming in the team's sweep of No. 10 Hawai'i (8/26) ... Notched a solid season-best .486 hitting percentage at Idaho (8/31) ... Tallied six double-doubles (kills and digs) accumulating a career-high 12 digs in three of those matches ... Chalked up a season-high 33.0 points in the team's final match of the season at Washington State (11/26) ... Hit in double-digits for kills in 26 of the team's matches, leading the team in kills, kills per game, aces (40) and points (596.5).
Freshman (2006): Finished the best offensive season by an Oregon State freshman in history with 387 kills (4.25 kps) ... Led the team with 27 service aces ... Recorded double digits in kills in 19 matches ... Tallied 20 or more kills five times ... Named to the all-tournament team at the UNLV Classic after recording 62 kills in three matches (5.17 kps) ... Scored 27.0 points on 26 kills and two blocks at UNLV (8/26) ... Terminated 26 times on 56 swings (.411 attack percentage) against South Dakota State (9/1) and scored 29.5 points in the match ... Notched 20 kills, tied her season-high three aces and a season-best five blocks at Washington State(10/6) ... Tallied 21 kills, two aces and a season-high 10 digs against Washington State (11/3) ... Recorded season-best 28 kills at Arizona State (11/9).
CALOUNDRA STATE HIGH SCHOOL
Has extensive international experience playing for the Australian National Team at the youth, junior and senior level ... Her one senior national team trip was to China, where she and her team excelled.
Daughter of Russell and Sharon Rourke ... Has one sister, Amanda ... Majoring in Sociology ... Chose to attend Oregon State because "of the coaching staff because they are all experienced and the players were great when I was on my visit."