Olympic Hopeful

Wells Digs into Volleyball Tryouts
Rachel Wells

UNC Asheville senior volleyball player Rachel Wells recently tried out for the Olympic volleyball team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

“This has always been my biggest dream, and making it a reality, I feel so accomplished,” said Wells in a thank you letter to the campus community. “I proudly wore my Bulldog Blue and Asheville gear around, telling many people about the great things going on in our athletics program at UNC Asheville. I know that many doors will open in my future from taking this opportunity.”

Wells has already earned national attention, leading the country in digs for the 2013 season, with a 6.38 per set average. This accomplishment resulted in the invitation to try out for the Olympic team. She was notified in March that she will not advance to the next round.

The Statesville native was a first-team All-Conference selection this year by the Big South. She also was named to the All-State team. Her 746 digs is the second highest total for a single-season in school history. She set a school record with 54 digs in a match against Radford on Nov. 16.

Awards & Honors

Castro Named to All-District Team

UNC Asheville senior men’s soccer player Bobby Castro was one of 11 student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 Men’s Soccer Division I team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in November.

This marks the second straight year that Castro has made the All-District 3 team. The four-year starter was Asheville’s leading scorer this season. He has started and played in all 19 of the Bulldogs matches. 

The Cary native has served as a co-captain for two consecutive years and is majoring in health and wellness promotion. 

Teams Support Reading Victories 

For the sixth year, UNC Asheville’s student-athletes and coaches helped elementary school students in Buncombe County, Asheville City Schools and local charter schools read books over the winter holidays with its Rocky’s Readers program.

Student-athletes set the example with the women’s basketball team reading at Pisgah Elementary School, the UNC Asheville cheer and dance team reading with Enka Middle School, and the women’s swimming team working with students at W.D. Williams Elementary.

The Rocky’s Readers Program is available through a grant by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.