Rachel Yorke Named to All-NESCAC Second Team

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Sophomore Rachel Yorke finished second in the NESCAC in digs per set (5.08).
AMHERST, MA – Sophomore libero Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) earned a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region Team and was the lone Amherst College student-athlete named to the 2008 NESCAC Volleyball All-Conference Team, marking the first postseason awards of her collegiate career.

Yorke finished second in the NESCAC in digs per set (5.08) for the second consecutive year, as she ended the season just behind conference leader Amber O’Connor of Hamilton College, who averaged 5.09 digs per set. The sophomore standout kicked off her 2008 season by earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Roger Williams Invitational, as she led Amherst to a 3-0 record by averaging 4.67 digs per set.

Yorke was consistent throughout the season, and she earned her next tournament honor at the Hall of Fame Classic, where she was the lone Amherst player named to the All-Tournament Team for helping the Lord Jeffs defeat Williams College before giving regional powerhouses Tufts and Wellesley tough matches. During the Classic, Yorke picked up a career-high 42 digs against Tufts before adding 39 later in the day against Wellesley, giving her an average of 8.1 digs per set in the two matches.

The NESCAC Championship featured much of the same from Yorke, who led Amherst to the finals by chalking up at least 27 digs in each of the tournament’s three rounds, giving her an average of 6.5 digs per set on the weekend. Amherst finished its 2008 season at 22-8 and is a combined 52-13 since Yorke’s arrival.