ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville senior volleyball player Rachel Wells received her plaque from the NCAA today for leading the nation in digs as the school’s Board of Trustees meeting.


She was presented the plaque by UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder this morning. Head coach Frederico Santos was also on hand for the presentation.


Wells led all Division I volleyball players in digs this year with an average of 6.38 per set. The Statesville native accumulated 746 digs this season.


Wells was a first game All-Conference selection this year by the Big South. She was also named to the All-State team by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.


Her 746 digs is the second most for a single-season in school history. She becomes the first UNC Asheville volleyball player to lead a category in digs since Ilona Fekete led the nation in blocks back in 1990. Wells set a school-record with 54 digs in a match against Radford on Nov. 16.


Rachel is the first UNC Asheville player in any sport to lead a nation in any category since Kenny George led the nation in field goal percentage during the 2007-08 season.