Blazers clinch spot in Conference USA Tournament
UAB libero earns first career defensive player of the week honor
Blazers stay perfect in October
Heather Thomas reaches 2,000 digs for career
AS A JUNIOR (2012)
Played in all 34 matches and all 129 sets during the 2012 campaign ... broke the UAB record and ranked second in Conference USA with 653 digs ... recorded 30+ digs in two matches (30, vs. UTSA (Aug. 24), and 31, vs. Furman (Aug. 25)) to set a career-high in digs and become the first Blazer to post two matches of 30+ digs in a single season ... ranked in the top-20 in the conference with 25 service aces on the season ... Second Team All-Conference USA selection ... twice named defensive player of the week (Oct. 22 and Nov. 5) ... member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2011)
A reserve off the UAB bench, she competed in six matches totaling eight sets ... started against Akron, UTEP and Southern Miss ... averaged 1.38 kills and 2.25 digs per set ... rocketed a career-high six kills on 12 attacks with only two errors in just one set of game action on Oct. 28 at SMU ... posted a career-best 12 digs in a 3-0 sweep of UTEP on Nov. 5 ... member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A FRESHMAN (2010)
Played in 22 matches with five starts ... tallied 115 digs (2.05 per set) ... also managed 24 kills ... reached double-digit digs four times, including a season-high 11 on Sept. 3 against Toledo ... posted a season-best five kills Aug. 28 at Georgia Tech ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Recognized with third-team all-state honors as a senior in 2009 ... helped Cinco Ranch High School to a regional championship and a third-place finish in the Texas 5A state tournament ... coached by Tammy Laurence ... a two-year letterwinner ... recorded 364 kills and 325 digs as a senior ... earned first-team all-district honors and second-team all-region recognition from the Houston Chronicle ... a member of the National Honor Society ... qualified for the Junior Olympics three times and helped her club team to an 11th-place national finish
Rachel Ann Fairbanks ... born May 4, 1992 in Houston, Texas ... daughter of Mike and Cindy Fairbanks ... has one brother, Andrew ... majoring in industrial distribution.