Oct. 2, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Rachel Fairbanks has been selected as the UAB Student-Athlete of the Week. It is the first student-athlete of the week award for the UAB volleyball player. The award recognizes Blazers who succeed in the classroom and on the playing field.
The honor comes after Fairbanks was named Conference USA Volleyball Defensively Player of the Week on Monday. Fairbanks, a 2012 C-USA second-team selection, helped UAB to a 1-1 start in Conference USA play this past weekend. The Blazers defeated Southern Miss 3-2 on Friday, but fell to Tulsa 3-2 on Sunday. In the two matches, Fairbanks scooped up 64 total digs for an average of 6.40 per set
She set a new career-high with 32 digs in the conference opener on Friday and matched the 32-dig performance against three-time defending league champion Tulsa. She tallied the most digs of all players in the two matches. Also contributing offensively for UAB, Fairbanks added five assists, two service aces and a kill on the weekend.
Academically, Fairbanks has been consistently strong during her time at UAB. The philosophy major currently sports a 3.18 cumulative GPA. She has also been selected to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll every year of her career thus far (2010, 2011, 2012).