As a junior (2006) - C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll... Took over the starting setting duties and had the third-most productive season in Rice history with 1,387 assists... Ranked sixth in C-USA with 11.28 apg... Recorded career high 69 assists against Houston on Oct. 4 to rank among the top 10 single -best matches at Rice... Scored her first triple-double with 11 kills (a career best), 47 assists and 17 digs against Memphis... Had 18 double-doubles during the season... Posted bests of 25 digs against UTEP and six blocks against Tulsa... Two-time C-USA setter of the week on Oct. 2 and 9, averaging 13.16 apg, 3.84 dpg and 0.60 bpg during the span... Received the Rice scholar-athlete award.
As a sophomore (2005) - C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll... Stepped into the role of starting right-side hitter in 12 matches when her injured teammates needed her... Played in 20 matches and 62 games on the right side and as a defensive specialist.. Recorded double-digit digs five times, including a high of 13 against UTEP... Posted her first double-double with a career best 10 assists and 10 digs against East Carolina... Had four blocks twice, including a four-game win against Houston... Received the Rice commitment and scholar-athlete awards.
As a Freshman (2004) - Played in seven matches and eight games... Posted season high eight assists at UTEP (10-02-04)...Entered the match against Nevada in the WAC tournament as a serving specialist.
At Bradshaw Mountain High School - A 2004 graduate of Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, Ariz. ... A four-year letterwinner and starter for the Bears... First-team all-state selection... Two-time first-team all-conference... Courier all-Area player of the year... Team MVP... Second-team all-conference... Honorable mention all-state... Two-time all-area team... Scholar athlete... Arizona high achiever student athlete of the week... Led team to the 2002 Arizona state quarterfinals and the regional tournament championship... Valedictorian of her senior class... Member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta... Senior class president.
Personal - Full name: Rachel Lopez ... Born: March 5, 1986 in Laramie, Wyo. ... Parents: Sky and Judy Smeltzer of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Tony Lopez of Laramie, Wyo. (one brother, two sisters). Stepfather, Sky Smeltzer, played football and baseball at the University of Wyoming and for the Salt Lake City Trappers... Rice Major: economics and managerial studies... College: Hanszen.
Career highs - Kills: 11 vs. Memphis 9/24/06... Assists: 69 vs. Houston 10/4/06... Aces: 2, seven times, last at UAB 9/22/06... Digs: 25 vs. UTEP 10/1/06... Blocks: 6 vs. Tulsa 10/29/06.