16  Rachel Theard
Rachel Theard

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Houston, Texas

High School:
Mirabeau B. Lamar HS

Height:
5-10

Position:
Defensive Specialist

Birthdate:
06/21/1988

Experience:
3L


Junior (2008)
Made the move from middle blocker and outside hitter to defensive specialist and situational server in 2008...Played in just 18 sets (10 matches)...Recorded an ace and seven digs...Made a career-high five digs at Southern Miss (10/12/08).

Sophomore (2007)
Started in six of the nine matches she played in before falling victim to a season-ending illness...Posted 21 kills and 13 total blocks for 27.5 points...Got off to a fast start, scoring 14 kills in her first two matches of the season...Downed eight kills and committed just one error vs. Tennessee Tech (8/25/07)...Made a career-high seven blocks vs. Eastern Illinois (8/31/07).

Freshman (2006)
Saw limited action as a back-up middle hitter to Shelby Burton...Played in a total of 12 matches and 18 games in her freshman season...Hit .312 with 21 kills (1.17 k/g)...Logged 48 swings...Added eight digs and six blocks on the defensive side of the net...Accounted for 25 points...Slammed first career kill and rejected first career block in her collegiate debut vs. UT-Martin (9/1/06)...Hit .600 with three kills in a sweep of Alcorn State (9/1/06)...Had a career day vs. Alabama A&M (9/16/06)...Hit .818 on nine kills (no errors) and 11 attempts against AAMU...Scored a career-high 10.5 points in the contest...Made a season-best three digs in a sweep of Murray State (9/15/06).

At Lamar High School
Was a three-year letterwinner for Coach Alexia McWhinney at Mirabeau-B. Lamar High School...Played both outside hitter and middle blocker in her prep career...Helped lead Lamar HS to a third-place finish in the regional tournament as well as a third-place showing in the Big South Qualifier as a senior...Was an all-district selection as a senior.

Personal
Daughter of Les Theard and Kim Hatten...Played club volleyball for the Texas Tornados and was a teammate of fellow Tiger, Katlin Inglish...Was a member of the High Performance Lone Star Region team in 2003-04...Has two brothers, Bryan Theard (25) and Jeremiah Hatten (24)...Also has a sister, Jill Hatten (21)...Majoring in marketing management.

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