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Rhamat Alhassan

School

Florida

Position
Middle Blocker
Major
Telecommunications - Production

Classroom

Rhamat Alhassan is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

Character

Alhassan lost her father to a stomach ulcer when she was 13 years old and took on a larger role in the family as the oldest child. She helped raise her younger sister, got herself to and from practices and school via the subway and helped her mom pay bills. She is now a two-time team captain, two-year member of the SAAC Executive Board (vice president this year, historian last year). As the vice president, she sits on the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee for the University of Florida along with President Fuchs and AD Scott Stricklin. She also directed the 2017 Florida Letterman Awards (an ESPSYs-esque production that honors achievements by Florida student-athletes from the previous season).

Community

Alhassan has performed 15.5 hours of community service at Florida, participating in elementary school mentoring programs, speaking engagements and University Athletic Association events.

Competition

Alhassan is a three-time AVCA All-American (2014 - Second Team, 2015 - First Team, 2016 - Third Team). She was the starting middle blocker for the 2017 U.S. Women’s National Team at the Pan American Cup (gold medalist and only collegian on the team) and the starting middle blocker for the 2016 U.S. Women’s National Team at the Pan American Cup (bronze medalist). She is one of 11 players in Division I history with over 1,000 kills, 500 blocks, and a .400 hitting percentage.

Alhassan is a three-time All-SEC member (2014-16). She ranks sixth in Division I history in career hitting percentage (.426) and second in school history in career blocks per set (1.46). She is a two-time U.S. Women’s Junior National Team member (2014, 2015).

One interesting note is that Alhassan didn’t start playing volleyball until her junior year in high school. She was a 1,000-point scorer and area nominee for the McDonald’s All-American Team in basketball.