- Sara Rishell
Sara  Rishell

Graduate Student

Smithsburg, Md.

Last College:
American University



  • Competed exclusively with Rachel Fairbanks
  • Played the majority of matches at the third position
  • Earned a win over Tulane at the Tulane Pairs/Duals Tournament (March 13)
  • Won six consecutive matches to help the Blazers finish 3-1 at the Blazer Beach Duals Tournament


  • Completed the 2014 season with a record of 11-6
  • Competed alongside two teammates, primarily with Rachel Fairbanks
  • Earned two wins at the Gamecock Invitational against Mercer and South Carolina (March 22)
  • Contributed a win in the No. 4 position for a 5-0 victory against Oregon (March 23)
  • Won the Tulane Pelican Classic Lower Divison Bracket earning 3 wins on the same day, all in straight-sets (April 5)


  • Owned at 10-6 overall record in 2013
  • Competed with two different teammates, primarily Rachel Fairbanks at the No. 4 position
  • Contributed eight wins at the four spot
  • Recorded a win with Fairbanks at the No. 5 position against Georgia State in the FSU Tournament (April 20)
  • Contributed a win with Fairbanks against ULM to propel the Blazers to a 3-2 victory (April 5)
  • Tallied wins against College of Charleston, Jacksonville and Stetson in the Jacksonville Easter Tournament (March 29-30)
  • Went 3-for-3 in the fourth flight in the team's sweep of the College of Charleston Tourney (March 22-23)
  • Rishell played the last two seasons at American University of the Patriot League, where she was a two-time all-conference selection at middle blocker
  • This past season, started 25 of 32 matches and competed in 105 of a possible 112 sets
  • Averaged a team-best 2.96 kills per set and ranked second on the team in total blocks (85)
  • In 2012, led the Eagles to the Patriot League Championship match, where American lost to Colgate in a thrilling five-set contest, with the deciding frame being decided by a score of 20-18
  • In that contest, she posted 13 kills and added three block assists
  • As a true freshman at American, produced an outstanding season, earning Patriot League Player of the Year honors, Freshman of the Year, Tournament Player of the Year along with capturing all-conference accolades