On Jan. 13, Gatorade announced Rachel Richardson ’21 as the DC Volleyball Player of the Year for 2019-20.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character both on and off the field. The 5-foot-9 outside hitter led the Cadets to a 33-3 record and the WCAC title and DCSAA tournament championship this season. Richardson compiled 465 kills with a .527 kill percentage, along with 253 digs, 44 service aces and 18 blocks. The WCAC Player of the Year and a Washington Post first team All-Met honoree, she concluded her junior year with 1,340 kills and 708 digs in her prep volleyball career.
She has maintained a weighted 4.37 GPA in the classroom. Richardson has volunteered locally with the children’s youth ministry at her church and at a senior citizens home, as well as donating her time to serve multiple animal shelters.
Richardson is the eighth Cadet to be honored as the Gatorade DC Volleyball Player of the Year. Other recent SJC honorees include Lauren Antonucci ’19 (2018-19), Rebecca Frye ’18 (2017-18 and 2016-17), Jeanne Westney ’16 (2015-16) and Becca Bateman ’14 (2013-14).