Rourke Named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week

Sept. 21, 2009

Walnut Creek, Calif. – Senior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 15-21, announced Monday afternoon by Commissioner Larry Scott.


Rourke, a 6-5 outside hitter, was instrumental in the sweep of No. 6 Michigan in the Michigan ADIDAS Invitational last weekend. She had a season-high 25 kills, hitting .420, adding a career-best tying five service aces. Her eight straight tough jump serves in the first set helped bring the Beavers back into the first set after falling behind 12-2.


Overall on the weekend, Rourke hit .290 with 57 kills and six aces. She posted six blocks, including a pair of solos. Against Marquette on Friday, Rourke moved into sole possession of second all-time for career kills. After the weekend, she has amassed 1,575, only 188 from tying the school record.


Her overall efforts earned her Most Valuable Player honors, her first of the season and third All-Tournament honor.


Before Saturday’s match, Michigan had only lost three sets, sweeping its last eight opponents. Not only did the win disrupt that streak, Oregon State snapped a 52-match non-conference regular season win streak that dated back to 2005, also snapping the Wolverines’ four-year perfect 13-0 record going into conference play.


The win is believed to be the highest ranked opponent that the Beavers have defeated on the road in school history. The team’s last win over a top 10 opponent was No. 10 Hawai’i on August 26, 2007. The Beavers are currently 4-0 on the road and 7-0 in three-set matches this season.


This is Rourke’s second career honor. She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 22, 2008. She is the eighth Oregon State player to receive this accolade, earning the 12th overall.


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