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Rachel Krabacher

Outside Hitter
Chemical Engineering


As Krabacher has steadily worked to become one of the best players in the country, her academic credentials have been great since day one. She successfully transitioned her High School Academic All-American status (named one of eight HS seniors nationally by PrepVolleyball) into a soon-to-be fruitful career in chemical engineering. Krabacher maintains a 3.556 grade point average in UD’s rigorous School of Engineering and was named Capital One Academic All-District V Second Team and Academic All-Atlantic 10 Conference in 2011 and 2012 – both based on performance and GPA.


Dayton Head Coach Kelly Sheffield says of Krabacher, “Every year Kray gets better and better, but what people don’t see is her offseason preparation to put her into that position. She has been with the USA Volleyball A2 Team the past two years, gone on two foreign tours (China and Croatia), and a couple of years ago she went to a three-day libero camp in Chicago. How many 6’4 outside hitters go to a libero camp? Rachel does. She wants to be great and when you make the decision to be great you search for those types of things to help get you there.”


Krabacher uses her intelligence, confidence, and talent to serve as a distinguished role model for young fans of Flyer Volleyball. Krabacher was involved in the team’s community service project “Spike Out Bullying” that partnered with local elementary schools to encourage social acceptance. Other community service projects include UD’s Christmas on Campus (which provides the joy of Christmas to those less fortunate in the Dayton area), visits to local nursing homes, assisting with YMCA Field Days, serving as a leader for numerous camps and clinics, and leading a Habitat for Humanity project.


Krabacher is wrapping up her final season at Dayton as one of the most successful players in program history. The AVCA All-American (2011 honorable mention) and two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year has led Dayton to three NCAA Tournaments, a 57-2 conference record and four A-10 Conference titles since entering the starting lineup as a freshman. In each of the past three summers the Cincinnati, Ohio product has competed among the best collegiate players in the country with back-to-back summers at USA Volleyball’s A2 Program in Dallas and Columbus, respectively. She has also gone on two foreign summer tours with Bring It! Promotions to China (2011) and Croatia (2009).