Texas volleyball player Rachael Adams spikes the ball past Iowa State's Carly Jenson on Sept. 29, 2010 in Austin. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Black History Month at Texas: Rachael Adams

Posted February 15th, 2020

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Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about volleyball player Rachael Adams.

A 6-2 middle blocker, Adams appeared in 119 matches at Texas from 2008-11. Adams was an All-American during UT’s 2010 and 2011 seasons. Adams’ Texas teams won 110 matches and she played in the NCAA’s 2009 championship match.

Adams is still UT’s all-time leader in hitting percentage. In addition to that .431 success rate, Adams averaged 2.12 kills and 1.04 blocks per set.

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In 2016, Adams became the third Longhorn to play volleyball for the United States in the Olympics. She scored 84 points and won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. Adams and Chiaka Ogbogu, who is also a former UT middle blocker, are both in contention for spots on the roster that Team USA will take to the Tokyo Games this summer.

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