#9 Rachel Bruinsma
|HOMETOWN||New Era, Mich.|
|HIGH SCHOOL||Western Michigan Christian|
2015: Appeared in 84 sets over 30 matches during her junior season for the Crusaders ... hit .251 with 86 kills on the year while also tallying 75 digs and 54 blocks ... ranked third on the team in total blocks ... opened year with 10 digs and a pair of service aces in win at Chattanooga Sept. 28 ... tallied three service aces in sweep of Elon Sept. 11 ... registered five aces in just three sets Sept. 12 in win over Savannah State, matching the fifth-most aces in a three-set match in Crusader history ... was nearly perfect on the attack Sept. 18 in sweep of Chicago State, putting down eight kills on just nine swings for an .889 hitting percentage ... followed with another eight-kill performance the next day versus Western Illinois on .500 hitting ... set new career best with seven blocks in Sept. 29 victory over UIC while also posting six digs and seven kills on .412 hitting ... tallied five blocks versus Oakland on Oct. 2 and against Chicago State on Oct. 13 ... hit .333 with season-best nine kills to go with six digs and three service aces in win over IPFW Oct. 21 ... member of Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.
2014: Saw action in 31 matches for the Crusaders as a sophomore, starting nine times ... appeared in 82 total sets ... averaged 1.90 digs/set ... also tallied 45 kills and 24 service aces ... 0.29 aces/set led the Crusaders and ranked fourth in the Horizon League ... finished in double figures in digs five times on the season ... tied career best with three blocks Aug. 30 at North Carolina Central while also picking up nine kills ... matched career high with 14 digs in win over IUPUI Sept. 3 ... posted 12 digs in each of the Crusaders' two matches versus Youngstown State - Oct. 3 and Nov. 1 ... posted new career best with 12 kills (on .310 hitting) in victory over Chicago State Oct. 21 ... tallied Valpo season-best five service aces Oct. 31 at Cleveland State ... five aces in a three-set match is tied for fifth-most in a sweep in Crusader history ... member of Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.
2013: Appeared in 66 sets over 24 matches during her freshman campaign ... averaged 1.82 digs/set and totaled 41 kills ... debuted Aug. 30 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff with a season-best 10 kills on .273 hitting while also tallying five digs and two blocks ... registered season-high three service aces Aug. 31 against Alabama State ... recorded 10 digs and seven kills in sweep of Rhode Island Sept. 7 ... posted six kills and six digs in win at IUPUI Oct. 15 ... tallied season-best 14 digs in league win Oct. 18 against Oakland ... also registered season-high three blocks against the Grizzlies, a mark she matched Oct. 28 at Chicago State ... chipped in 11 digs at Green Bay Nov. 2.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Warriors ... a Second Team All-State honoree as a senior after earning Third Team accolades as a junior ... twice earned All-Area and All-Conference recognition ... received Academic All-State honors in 2012 as well ... played club volleyball for Inside Out ... also earned four letters in basketball, two in track and field, one in soccer and one in tennis ... two-time Honorable Mention All-State on the hardwood ... also earned All-Area and All-Conference honors three times ... regional champion in the high jump.
Personal: Rachel is the daughter of Henry and Margaret Bruinsma ... majors are biology and chemistry.