Name: Rachael Adams
Position: Middle
Sport: Volleyball
Height: 6-2
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio)
College: University of Texas
Olympic Experience
  • 2016 Olympic Games (Bronze Medal)
World Championship Experience
  • 2018 FIVB World Championship (5th Place)
  • 2014 FIVB World Championship (Gold)


  • Bronze medalist at 2016 Olympic Games, scoring 84 points and ranking 11th in scoring and tied for third in Best Blocker with 0.56 blocks per set
  • Selected 2016 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Most Improved Player of the Year
  • Named Best Middle Blocker of 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix
  • Started four of 13 matches at FIVB World Championship where Team USA won gold, compiling averages of 1.75 points, 1.40 kills and 0.30 blocks in 20 sets played while converting 52.8 percent of her attacks
  • Averaged 2.55 points per set, including a 1.00 block average, as Team USA won gold at the Pan American Games and was awarded Second Best Blocker

2019 - Pan American Cup (Gold)
2018 - FIVB Volleyball Nations League (Gold); FIVB World Championship (5th Place)
2017 - USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil ... FIVB World Grand Champions Cup (Bronze)
2016 - NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament (Gold)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Silver)...Olympic Games (Bronze).
2015 - Pan American Games (Gold)...NORCECA Championship (Gold).
2014 - Montreux Volley Masters (Silver - Best Server)...USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Preliminary Round)...FIVB World Championship (Gold)
2013 – Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup vs. Japan...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th)


  • Named Best Server of Montreux Volley Masters after registering a 0.73 ace average (11 aces in 15 sets)
  • Helped Hoosier Exterminators win the first-ever Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Championship in 2012
  • Led USA A2 Blue Team to the gold medal at the USA Volleyball Open National Championship in 2010
  • Member of 2007 U.S. Girls' Youth National Team that competed in FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship
  • Was a member of U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team that won the 2006 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship
  • Majored in Advertising at The University of Texas at Austin
  • At University of Texas, was named AVCA All-America First Team (2010 & 2011) after holding a .388 hitting efficiency to rank 13th in the NCAA Division I (2011) and ranking No. 1 in NCAA for hitting efficiency (.443) in 2010.
  • Appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" feature in the magazine's Nov. 26, 2007 issue.
  • Started playing youth volleyball in in 2004 and played for Team Z before heading to University of Texas
  • Parents are Robin Mealy-Adams and Richard Adams
  • Father was drafted in the fourth round of the 1978 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs after a four-year career at University of Illinois (1974-78)

Rachael Adams' Favorites
Food: All food ... Book: Self-Improvement Books ... Music Types: All music except Rock & Roll and Country ... Musical Group India Arie and John Legend.

Hobbies and Interests: Being creative

Most Admired Person: Oprah Winfrey because "she lives an aware and conscious life."

Happiest Moment in Life: "Each day waking up."

Interesting Note on Rachael Adams:
Finding volleyball was an accident in high school. She went to read a book at her best friend's incoming freshman volleyball camp and they asked me if I wanted to join.

Path to the Podium

  • She got into volleyball almost accidentally in high school. She went to read a book at her best friend's incoming freshman volleyball camp and they asked her if she wanted to join.
  • Started playing club volleyball in 2004 with Team Z
  • Helped U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team win gold at the 2006 NORCECA Girls’ U18 Continental Championship
  • Member 2007 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that competed in FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship
  • A two-time AVCA All-America First-Team selection (2010, 2011) while at the University of Texas
  • Debuted with U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2013 Pan American Cup
  • 2014 FIVB World Championship Gold Medalist
  • 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist, starting all eight matches
  • Selected 2016 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Most Improved Player of the Year


LAST UPDATED: July 10, 2016