Women's Volleyball


Rasa Virsilaite
Rasa Virsilaite
8

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kaunas, Lithuania

High School:
Saule Gymnasium

Position:
Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist

Birthdate:
10/18/1984

AT ILLINOIS

2005
• Earned the University of Illinois Spirit Award • Practiced solely back row during pre-season practice while recovering from a procedure to correct a rapid heart beat this summer. • Missed three matches after breaking her finger against Eastern Illinois Sept. 16. Played just back row her first weekend back (Sept. 30-Oct.1) • Served five aces with no serving errors in a victory over Indiana State. • Recorded a personal best .636 attack percentage with seven kills in 11 attempts against Indiana State. • Nine matches with two or more service aces. • Recorded a season-high 15 kills and four block assists in a 3-2 loss to Wisconsin. • Had her best career performance with 23 kills and a .442 attack percentage in the season finale at Iowa despite further agrivating a torn menesicus in her knee the night before.

2004:
Starting at outside hitter for the first time in her caree. • Named All-Tournament at the Hurricane Frances Classic after totaling 26 kills, including a career-high 15 in the first match against TCU • Had a career night with 14 kills vs. USC • Named All-Tournament at State Farm Illini Classic after totaling 14 kills in the upset of No. 1 USC • MVP of the C&C Services Invitational after hitting .328 and totaling 58 kills • Had ten double-doubles on the season, including 15 kills and 17 digs in the NCAA Tournament vs. Louisville • Ranked second in the Big Ten in service aces (0.32) • Had 17 kills and 17 digs vs. Michigan, followed by 11 kills and 10 digs vs. Michigan State.

2003:
Saw action in 17 matches and 30 games • Posted 10 kills and 29 digs for the season • Posted a season-high eight digs in the win at Butler. • Had six digs after seeing significant playing time vs. #11 Penn State • Academic All-Big Ten performer.

2002:
Saw action in 10 matches, all during Big Ten play, as a true-freshman • Recorded a career-high 12 kills with three blocks vs. Iowa (Nov. 2) • Had 10 kills and three blocks vs. Purdue (Nov. 6) • Earned first Varsity "I" award.

High School
Member of the 2001 Lithuanian Youth Beach Volleyball Championship team • Member of 1999 and 2000 Lithuanian Youth Championship teams, earning MVP honors in 1999 • Named all-tournament at the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Lithuania Championships • Participated in beach volleyball at the 2001 Francophone Games in Canada • Named to the 1999 European Youth Championship team • Named to the 2001 National Team for the Baltic Countries League.

Personal
Parents are Stanislovas Virsilas and Genovaite Virsiliene • Majoring in finance • Biggest thrill in sports was competing in the 2001 Francophone Games in Canada • Enjoys dancing, cooking and traveling • Chose Illinois because, "I like the coaches and I feel it is a great University where I will be able to reveal my abilities." • Credits her parents for getting her involved with volleyball and credits her coach, Daiva Klimaviciene for most influencing her athletic career because, "She is the sculptor of my best skills as well as my character."

Rasa Virsilaite By The Numbers

Overall Statistics
    Year    MP    GP    K     E     TA     Pct.    A   SA   SE   RE  DIG   BS   BA    TB    BE   BHE
    2002    10    19    32    16    92     .174    1   0    0    0   2     1    6     7     2    0
    2003    17    30    10    11    58    -.017    1   0    1    9   26    0    3     3     2    0
    2004    20    73   219   102   557     .210   21  23   23   17  163    7   24    31     4    1
    2005    28   106   218   113   581     .181   32  31   37   58  224    7   39    46     5    5
    Total   75   228   479   242   1288    .184   55  54   61   84  415   15   72    87    13    6

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