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Rachel Shanks
Rachel  Shanks

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Madison, Ala.

High School:
Bob Jones

Height:
5-10

Position:
Outside Hitter

Birthdate:
10/28/1985

Major:
Pharmacy

09/22/2006

Alabama vs Auburn

Alabama vs Auburn 9-22-06 vanemtj@auburn.edu

Records Watch:
• Enters her senior season ranked in two categories in the Auburn career record book:
- 8th in Kills Per Game (3.29)
- 2nd in Digs Per Game (3.03)
- Is 92 attacks away from the top 10
- Is 49 digs away from the top 10

2006:
• Started in all 31 matches during the season
• Her 487 kills rank in a tie for fifth all-time at Auburn in single-season kills
• Set the Auburn single-season records for attacks with 1,316 and digs with 430
• Ranks sixth all-time in single-season digs per game with 3.47
• Her 25 kills vs. Virginia Tech set a new career-best and rank tied for 28th all-time at Auburn in single-game kills
• Named to the Mizuno/Auburn Challenge and SMU Invitational All-Tournament Team
• Selected as tournament MVP of the South Alabama Jaguar Challenge
• Led the team in kills (487), kills per game (3.93), attacks (1316), digs (430) and digs per game (3.47)
• Out of 31 matches, tallied a double-double in 20 of them and finished off the season with 11 straight double-doubles
• Also set personal-bests in attacks (66 vs. Tennessee), blocks (6 vs. Kentucky), digs (23 vs. Samford and at LSU) and aces (5 vs. Clemson and Southeastern Louisiana)
• Named SEC VB Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Selected as a third-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and first-team Academic All-District
• Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors

2005:
• Started in all 24 matches
• Ranked second on the team in attack percentage (.147), kills (248), digs (264) and aces (20)
• Set season-highs in kills (21) and attacks (58) against Birmingham Southern
• Had a season-bests in three other categories with 22 digs against Furman, four blocks against Northern Arizona and five aces against Clemson
• Posted six double-doubles with four coming against SEC opponents, including #6 Florida
• Had highest attack percentage of the season with .526 at Ole Miss (12 kills, 2 errors on 19 attempts)
• Named to Mizuno/Auburn Challenge All-Tournament Team
• Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors

2004:
• Started her first nine matches before a leg injury forced her to sit out nine matches in the middle of the season; returned for the LSU match
• Posted 160 kills on 421 attacks for a .190 attack percentage
• Put up 14 kills and 12 doubles against Iowa State for the first double-double of her career; followed up four days later with her second and final double-double of the season against Mercer
• Her 2.62 KPG ranked second on the team
• Named to the Mizuno/Auburn Challenge All-Tournament Team
• Had 20 kills on 42 attacks against Xavier, setting season-highs in both categories
• Had a season-high 17 digs vs. Mississippi State
• Put up four blocks on three occasions (Iowa State, Mississippi State and UAB), a season-high

High School:
• Played for Libby Hoffman at Bob Jones H.S.
• Team captain her senior year
• 2002 First-Team All-State
• All-Area selection in 2002 and 2003
• Three-time Athens Optimist Volleyball Tournament All-Tournament selection
• Selected to the Alabama/Tennessee Challenge and Austin Invitational All-Tournament Teams
• Also lettered in basketball and track, earning All-Area honors in both
• Played club volleyball for Brent Wistner and North Alabama Spiker Association
• Chose Auburn over Samford and Birmingham Southern

Personal:
• Full name is Rachel Frances Shanks
• Born October 28, 1985
• Daughter of Cindy and Stanley Shanks
• Has a younger sister, Sara, who transfers to Auburn to play volleyball this season after attending Tennessee Tech last year

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