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Rio’s Walker earns MSC all-academic honors again

Rachel Walker

RIO GRANDE — Rachel Walker not only kills on the court, she’s still killing in the classroom.

The Rio Grande RedStorm senior volleyball standout was named to the Mid-South Conference All-Academic team for the second straight year.

She also earned all-academic honors last spring during the track season.

Walker finished her senior season Monday in the conference tournament as Rio Grande lost in the semifinals to Georgetown College.

Walker was one of five Rio Grande players named to the All-Academic team. A total of 43 players made the team that honors players with a sophomore or higher rank and have a class standing of a 3.25 and above grade point average.

Also honored for the RedStorm were senior Ashley Bloom, junior Kati Moore, and sophomores Erin Sherman and Whitney Smith.

Sherman and Smith were named to the All-MSC volleyball first team while Bloom and Lauren Raines were honorable mention.

Rio Grande finished 22-14 overall and 9-4 in the MSC.

Walker had five kills, three block assists and three digs in her final match as Rio Grande lost 25-13, 25-9, 26-24.

Walker and Bloom are the only seniors and Moore, a junior, will graduate early.

Last Friday in Rio Grande’s final home game against previously ranked Malone College, the RedStorm won a thrilling five-set match 25-23, 19-25, 21-25, 25-23 and 15-10.

Walker had a huge game for the RedStorm with 13 kills, one solo block and three block assists.