Rachel Orchard Inducted into Oregon State University Hall of Fame

Rachel Orchard Inducted into Oregon State University Hall of Fame

Australian Women’s Volleyroos Assistant Coach Rachel Orchard ( nee. Rourke) was inducted into the Oregon State University Hall of Fame on Friday.  

Rachel, referred to as an ‘OSU legend’ set a number of firsts for the Oregon State Volleyball Program during her 5-year college career from 2005-2009, including a program record of 36 kills in one match. The Outside Hitter was also named two-time All-American, Four-Time All-Pacific Region, and Four-Time All-Pac-10, and concluded her college career with 1,920 kills, ranking 12th in the Nation for average ‘kills per set’ at 4.44.

Following her college career, Rachel competed in 10 professional seasons abroad in countries such as Italy, Poland, South Korea, and China, whilst also competing with the Australian National Team for a number of years. 

Rachel retired from volleyball in 2020 after her final season in China with Beijing BAIC Motor Volleyball Club. You can still find Rachel on the volleyball scene as an Australian Women’s National Team Assistant Coach, when she is not spending time on her kombucha business, Gather Brewing, or with her wife and two daughters. 

With Rachel and her family now based in Adelaide and making her mark on the South Australian volleyball scene, VSA CEO Karla Della Pietra congratulated Rachel on her Hall of Fame recognition.

“We are so proud of Rachel and this incredible achievement!” Della Pietra said.

“Her dedication and drive over the years are a testament to her character as an accomplished woman in sport.

“We can’t wait to see how this will help pave the way for a younger generation and be an inspiration for our up-and-coming talented female athletes.”

Article Courtesy of Volleyball South Australia

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