Rachel Arnold posted back-to-back double-doubles with 50 assists, 13 digs in Gustavus’s win against St. Catherine’s and 50 assists, 14 digs in their victory vs. St. Mary’s.
Kimball Area High School 2012 graduate Rachel Arnold gave a record-breaking, stellar performance recently, in the start of her first volleyball career at Gustavus Adolphus College. Arnold, now a sophomore, shelled out 50 assists and added 14 digs in a victorious match over St. Mary’s College. If that wasn’t enough, Rachel registered another 50 assists and 13 digs in the ensuing match with St. Catherine’s, becoming the first Gustie setter in four years to record 50 or more assists in back-to-back matches. Bridget Burtzel distributed 63 assists against Concordia, followed by 56 assists vs. Macalester, in 2009. “It’s all about working hard, having faith and expecting the unexpected.
The number one thing is to remember to work as a team and support each other; the rest is just about having fun,” Arnold said.
Arnold, an honors graduate, participated in volleyball, basketball and track throughout her high school career, achieving all-conference honors each year. After sustaining a traumatic basketball injury in her senior year, Rachel underwent surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation over the summer of 2012. Determined to play volleyball at Gustavus, Rachel made the team and fought her way up to the varsity squad. A music scholarship recipient, Arnold is a double major in biology and health fitness, and plays violin with the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rachel Arnold performing in 2010 at Ostmark Lutheran Church in rural Watkins. File photo.