Volleyball Player of the Year: Rachael Holehouse, Fallston, hitter, senior

Volleyball Player of the Year: Rachael Holehouse, Fallston, hitter, senior (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / November 29, 2011)

Rachael Holehouse

Fallston, hitter, senior

Holehouse was the undisputed leader of a team that won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship for the fourth straight year. Her ability to step up at key times in big games was a major reason Fallston compiled a 34-5 record over the past two seasons.


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A four-year starter at Fallston, Holehouse led the Cougars to a berth in the Class 2A state title game this year. She contributed 32 kills in that match, which ended in a four-set loss to Century. In her junior year, she led Fallston to its first state title in volleyball. She also has won two state titles as a basketball player.

As a senior this season, Holehouse showed her versatility. She compiled 330kills, 195 digs, 15 blocks, and 70 aces. The Cougars scored 159 points this year off her lethal jump serve.

Her sister, Roberta, an All-Metro first-team selection in 2007, starred at Penn State and played on two national championship teams there.

"I have a passion for volleyball," said Holehouse, who will attend Division II Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida next season on a volleyball scholarship. "It's so much fun, so yes, you could say I'm following in my sister's footsteps."