Illinois Falls 3-1 to Bruins But Turns in Best Finish in School History
Named to the Big Ten Sportsmanship Team ... In the starting rotation at defensive specialist ... Tallied 31 digs vs. UCSB, which is tied for the 10th best performance in a match in school history ... Those 31 digs are the most in a match involving a Big Ten team in a four-set match this season ... Had 13 of her 31 digs in the fourth set ... Had a .935 serve/reception percentage ... Turned in double-digit digs between the two matches at the Gainesville Regional, totaling 21 digs.
Named Academic All-Big Ten ... Part of the starting rotation in last half of the season after Laura DeBruler went down, playing the same rotation as Jazmine Orozco ... Hosted the internet sensation `Around the Block' show highlighting Illinois volleyball ... Made her first start of the season vs. Iowa ... Notched double-digits in digs for the third time in 2010, tying a season high with 13 vs. Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Named Academic All-Big Ten ... Took over for Ashley Edinger at libero on Nov. 6 and tallied 19 digs without a serve reception error in 41 attempts vs. Michigan ... Had 28 digs and just one service error in 56 chances in first weekend as libero ... Prior to taking over at libero, posted two aces and seven digs ... Set an Illinois record for most digs in an NCAA Tournament match with 26 in the win over Dayton ... Hosted "Around the Block" internet show where she gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at Illinois volleyball ... Had four aces (Illinois had 11) in a straight sets victory over Iowa on Nov. 20 ... Also served nine straight points, which included three aces, in the first set against Iowa.
Appeared in two matches.
Named first-team All-Big 12 Conference at Normal Community ... Bloomington Pantagraph first-team All-Area ... Champaign News-Gazette Honorable Mention All-State ... Prepvolleyball.com honoree on the Molten Most Improved Team and first-team All-Defensive Dandy ... Led the Ironmen in aces and digs ... Won the team's Sportsmanship award ... Earned IHSA and Big 12 Scholastic Achievement awards ... Helped Normal to first place in the conference in 2005 and 2006 and to second in the league in 2007 ... Normal posted the most wins in school history in 2005 (31) ... Helped Normal to Regional titles in 2006 and 2007 ... High school coaches were Bobby Scott, Mark Geler, Andrea Kenny and Natalie Sutimek ... Played for Illini Elite, which finished third in the Great Lakes Power League and took third in the JVDA Showcase and the NJC Tournament and seventh at the Pre-Nationals in 2008 ... In 2007, Illini Elite won the 2007 pre-nationals in the 17 Open Division ... In 2008, Illini Elite placed fifth in the AAU Open Division and took seventh at pre-nationals ... Also played for Midwest Phoenix (2001-2002) and Illinois Juniors (2002-04).
Daughter of Rick and Peggy Feldman ... Has two older sisters, Michelle and Annick ... Invited to the Big 12 Leadership Conference ... Plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Rachel Feldman's Career Highs
K: 1 at Ohio State (11/15/09)
TA: 1 at Ohio State (11/15/09)
A: 4 vs. Michigan (11/6/09)
SA: 4 vs. Iowa (11/20/09)
D: 26 vs. IPFW (12/3/09)
Getting to Know Rachel
Nickname: Rach Face
Career Plans: To become involved in some form of law enforcement - interested in working for the FBI or becoming a homicide detective
Fun Fact: The show Jersey Shore takes place where I lived before moving to Illinois
Favorite Movie: The Book of Eli
Movie you've seen in theater that you've regretted seeing the most: Paranormal Activity
Favorite Midnight Snack: Special K Fruit and Yogurt cereal
Three things on your "bucket list:" Save a life, fall in love and go skydiving
Famous person you admire and why:
Shemar Moore, because he's gorgeous
Favorite Quote: "Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost."
Website I most often visit: Twitter and
Facebook are tied and Google is a close second
Weirdest Quirk: I have animated eyes and play with my hair way too often
Favorite Athlete: K.R. Eanes
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Jets
Favorite TV Show: Criminal Minds
Secret Talent: I can ride a unicycle
Favorite Class at Illinois: Hate Crimes
Who did you idolize growing up:
I wanted to be just like my older cousin, Sarah Feldman