Kovaci on Willis: Has not played due to nagging knee injury ... will undergo surgery after season ... learning to manage pain in order to contribute as a senior ... vocal leader ... fire and glue of the team ... tremendous blocker ... fast hitter.
Notable: One of only two players in Army volleyball history to serve as a captain twice, joining Elizabeth Lazzari (West Point '09).
2010: Hampered by a knee injury all season, significantly decreasing her playing time ... remained a vocal leader for the team as a junior co-captain ... played in 14 sets over seven matches throughout the season ... totaled a season-high nine kills in the Black Knights' season-opening sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson (Aug. 27) ... hit for a season-high .444 percentage in that match with just one error on 18 attempts ... played in four Patriot League matches, including the set in both the regular-season finale and Patriot League Tournament matches opposite rival Colgate (Nov. 12, Nov. 20).
2009: Army's second-leading blocker, averaging 0.75 per set ... finished seventh among the Patriot League's top blockers ... sidelined with a knee injury throughout a portion of the Patriot League schedule, hampering what had been a breakout season for the first-year starter ... played in 92 sets and started 24 matches ... hit .249 with 190 kills (2.07 per set) on the year ... registered a career-high eight total blocks in a 3-2 win at Manhattan (Sept. 1) ... totaled at least five total blocks in four matches in 2009 ... 12 service aces on the year, including a career-high four in a home sweep of Quinnipiac (Sept. 18) ... reached double-figures in kills nine times ... amassed a career-high 15 kills in a 3-1 win at Lehigh (Oct. 2) in the second week of Patriot League action ... averaged 2.32 kills per set over 14 Patriot League matches.
2008: Drew action in five matches as a freshman ... made collegiate debut in a season-opening 3-0 win against Manhattan (Aug. 30) ... averaged 1.20 kills per set and 0.80 blocks per set ... notched a career-high two kills in wins against both NJIT (Oct. 8) and Holy Cross (Oct. 14) ... capped the season with a career-best two blocks in a 3-0 home win opposite Patriot League foe Lafayette (Oct. 18).
Background: Two-year captain and three-year letterwinner at Branford... garnered all-division, league, area and state accolades during her time at Branford ... named a senior all-star in 2006 ... grandfather served in the Air Force ... USMA Prep School product.
Personal: Rachel Erin Willis ... daughter of Terry Willis and Karen Leach ... born March 23, 1989, in Manilla, Philippines ... major is Psychology.