The Rollins volleyball season doesn't begin until September 5th, but one player in particular is getting plenty of extra work before opening night. Rachel Reeve is suiting up for the Australian National Team, playing in two tournaments in August.
Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Reeve is transferring to Rollins from Tyler JC in Texas. She will be a junior for the Tars in the 2019 season as a setter.
"We are absolutely thrilled for Rachel to be afforded this opportunity to play at the highest level," remarked Rollins head coach Mika Robinson. "Every athlete dreams of playing for their country, so for her to get the opportunity to play with an Olympic bid on the line as well as on the same team as her older sister is really a dream come true for her."
Reeve is one of twelve ladies representing Australia on the national stage. Their first test is currently taking place in Quang Nam, Vietnam at the VTV International Women's Cup. Known as one of the top competitions in the world, the VTV Cup features teams from Vietnam, China, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Korea, and Australia. Play began on August 6th, and will run through the 11th.
The VTV Cup will be used as a valuable training tool before the team's next event, the Asian Women's Volleyball Championship. Taking place between August 17-25, the AWVC serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympics. It is a 16-team tournament, with the top eight teams guaranteed a spot in the Olympic qualifying event later in the year. Australia has been placed in Pool B for the event along with world powerhouse Japan, Kazakhstan, and India. This year's event will be held in Seoul, South Korea.
"It is also a huge boost for our team with her getting that type of international experience right before the start of our season," said Robinson. "You can't ask for any better preparation for her, and we know that she will be intentional about how she infuses that experience back into our team."