By Justin Hunter
CHURUBUSCO – Churubusco High School is home to an elite volleyball player.
Rachel Jacquay, a junior, made the Indiana North All-star team. The North beat the South 2-0 (25-12, 25-23) in a game put on by the Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association Nov. 12 at Indianapolis Lawrence North High School.
Jacquay was one of 60 juniors who tried out for the big game. Every player who participated in tryouts were nominated by a high school coach. She made the team of 14, the tryouts were just a weekend before the all-star game.
The players had little preparation for the game. The teams only had one practice all week, and it was on the day of the game.
“It was crazy, but awesome,” said Jacquay. “It wasn’t too difficult, because in volleyball we associate certain words with a certain play. All the girls knew the exact sets, so we were on the same page.”
Jacquay was the lone player representing Turtle Town, but there were a couple other girls she was familiar with, Blackhawk Christian’s Ali Barkess and Bellmont’s Tori Miller.
Jacquay is no stranger to special volleyball games. She had participated in another Indiana all-star game, but this was her first with the IHSVCA. She also has played in Florida for a club in a national tournament.
Jacquay also competes on Churubusco’s track team, but volleyball is her first love. She hopes to continue playing volleyball in the next level.
“I’m hoping to get a scholarship for volleyball. I like track, but volleyball is what I’d like to play. I’ve played volleyball since I was 5 or 6 years old. My mom would take me to Fort Wayne camps,” said Jacquay.
Jacquay has some time to narrow down her collegiate options, but wants to major in mechanical engineering and premed as well.
Jacquay is receiving notice from schools such as Lipscomb University (Tenn.), Campbell University (N.C.), University of Southern Indiana, Davenport University (Mich.) and the Navy Academy (Md.).
“I don’t know if I want to go Division I or II or even the NAIA yet. I just have no idea as of now,” said Jacquay.
She is going to distance in order to get college looks. Along with playing for the high school, she also plays for a club. She began playing with the Fort Wayne club in mid-November and has been training with her club director to up her game.
No matter what lays ahead for Jacquay, the north-south all-star game is something she will cherish for a long time.
“I thought it was crazy, because I was playing with the top players in the state. I could really see that. There were some very tall girls that smashed the ball into the ground and the passes were perfect all game long. It was nothing like I’ve ever seen before,” said Jacquay.
“I felt so honored to be playing with all these amazing, talented girls. I had so much fun.”