Rourke Adds All-Pacific Region Honors

Dec. 17, 2008

Lexington, Ky. - Junior outside hitter Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) was named to the 2008 AVCA All-Pacific Region Team, announced Wednesday morning.

Earning honorable mention status, this marks the first time that an Oregon State volleyball player has been awarded this honor in school history.

Rourke, who averaged 4.44 kills per set during the season, 4.84 in conference play, earned All-Pac-10 First Team accolades already this season. She has earned conference honors each year after being named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2007 and to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006. She was the first player to earn All-Pac-10 honors since Gina Schmidt in 2000.

Rourke also earned the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season for the week of Sept. 15-21. It was the first time an Oregon State player had earned the honor since Laura Collins captured the honor on Oct. 28, 2002.

At the conclusion of the 2008 season, Rourke is third all-time for career kills with 1,389 total. She is also fourth on the total points list with 1583.5, and fourth on the attacks list with 3,503. She finishes the season in the top 15 in the nation for kills per set.

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