2016 | Freshman
Made 25 starts and appeared in all 110 sets played…averaged 10.52 assists per set during SEC play which ranked sixth among league setters…nine matches with 40 or more assists including a pair of 50+ performances…career high 56 assists at Mississippi State (Nov. 20)…five primary attackers tallied at least 10 kills at Georgia (Nov. 18), first time by the program since 2007…set the team to .250 or higher hitting percentage in seven matches including a season-high .374 efficiency at LSU (Sept. 25) in the SEC opener…led the team with 29 service aces and seven double-doubles…career-best 13 digs at No. 4 Kansas (Sept. 3) and against Auburn (Oct. 23)…13 matches with seven or more digs.
Rippee comes to Arkansas as a two-time Team USA selection, most recently as a member of the 2014 USA Girls’ Youth National Team. She helped Team USA qualify for the FIVB World Youth Championships with a second-place finish at the NORCECA qualifying event in Costa Rica. She had previous experience with the 2013 USA Girls’ Select Team that was second at the High Performance Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Rippee was an all-state performer as a junior and earned two all-district and three all-conference accolades during her prep career at Kickapoo High School in Missouri.
Rachel is the daughter of Richard and Shelly Rippee with an older brother, Ryan. Rippee played for the Ozark Juniors volleyball club. Along with her prowess on the court, she was a four-year academic all-conference selection and plans on majoring in education at the University of Arkansas.