Baylor's Travis Signs With Tennessee Tech Volleyball

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Pictured: Rachel Travis sitting, Coach Austin Clark, sister Jessica Shannon Director Thad Lepcio, Coach Sarah Lail, strength trainer Jason Wright, parents Laura and Ron Travis.
Pictured: Rachel Travis sitting, Coach Austin Clark, sister Jessica Shannon Director Thad Lepcio, Coach Sarah Lail, strength trainer Jason Wright, parents Laura and Ron Travis.

Baylor's Rachel Travis has accepted a scholarship offer to play volleyball at Tennessee Tech University and signed her commitment on Wednesday.

Travis was first recruited at TTU by coach John Blair who retired after last season. New Coach Dave Zelenock came in at the first of the year and continued to recruit her. Travis took an official visit in February. 

"You get a much better feel how things are going to go when you meet the players and get to watch them practice. I fell in love with it after that. I think Tennessee Tech is the perfect fit for me," Travis said.

Despite an ankle injury that caused her to miss almost three weeks last season, Travis ended up with 415 kills, 368 digs, and 70 aces and helped the Lady Red Raiders to a third-place finish in the Division II-AA state tournament. She consistently was awarded each year all-region, all-state and the Times Free Press Best of Preps Team throughout her career, which included 1,963 kills, 1,728 digs and 304 aces.

"Since she's played here she's had an instrumental role," Baylor's coach said. 

"She's been a starter on varsity since the eighth grade. She's been a notorious player both offensively and defensively. She's one of those players that people will come up and ask me, 'Hasn't she graduated yet?' We will definitely miss her as a player but we are happy for her opportunity. She was a great player and leader at our school and I know she'll do great there, too."

Travis currently holds the leader-board stats for Baylor in kills and digs. Both Rachel's parents, Ron and Laura Travis are also alumnus of Tennessee Tech, as was her sister Jessica Travis Shannon


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