18 - Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson
Born: 07/07/1991
Height: 5-8
Year: Junior
Hometown: Lompoc, Calif.
High School: Cabrillo HS
Position: UTL

UC SANTA BARBARA
2012: One of six players to appear in all 35 games…Scored a total of 25 goals, including four multiple goal games…Had hat tricks against San Jose State (Feb. 26) and UC Davis (April 14)…Second on the team after handing out 41 assists and was third on the team with 35 steals…Led the squad with 13 field blocks…Also drew an impressive 27 earned ejections. 

2011 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG WEST
2011: One of five players to appear in all 32 games…Scored 19 goals for the Gauchos…Also tallied 18 steals deeming her fifth in team standings…Tied for third in most field blocks with five, dished out eight assists and drew six ejections…Had three multiple-goal games…Earned Big West Academic All-Conference Honors.

2010: Played in 28 games as a true freshman...Scored four goals for the Gauchos...Also tallied 14 steals, four assists, four earned ejections and two field blocks...First collegiate goal was scored during a 12-6 win over Pamona Pitzer (Jan. 23)...Scored in back-to-back overtime games against Indiana and UC Irvine (Feb. 6).

HIGH SCHOOL
Played at Cabrillo High School for coach Corey McIntyre...Was twice named the Los Padres League MVP (2008 and 2009)...A three-time All-CIF Division IV First Team pick...Helped lead the Conquistadores to the 2007 CIF Championship...Also won the Los Padres League all four years of her prep career...In 2009, Cabrillo qualified for the CIF semifinals...Also competed in swimming...A standout in the classroom, she was a four-time Principal's List nominee and graduated in the Legion of Academic Merit (for having a cumulative GPA above 4.0).

CLUB
Played for Santa Barbara Water Polo Club...Helped her team to a bronze medal finish at the 2008 National Junior Olympics.

PERSONAL
Rachel Anne Nelson was born on July 7, 1991 in Long Beach, Calif....Parents are John and Deanne Nelson...Has an older sister, Kathryn, who is also on the UCSB water polo team and whom she names as her personal hero...Is majoring in biology at UCSB and aspires to one day be a veterinarian...Names "Avatar" as her favorite movie while To Kill a Mockingbird is her favorite book...Enjoys listening to the music of Bob Marley...Names winning CIF in 2007 as her most memorable athletic achievement.

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