Parents: Bobby and Kerry Willis
High School: West Johnston
Travel Teams: Carolina Wildcats, Wayne County Hurricanes
Also Considered: Campbell, Queens, Mount Olive, East Carolina
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Why UNCW? “I like the coaching staff and on my visit I could tell the team was really together. And it’s a great atmosphere at the school. ”
Major: Physics or Biology
Notable: Rachel is a three-year varsity starter for the Wildcats who has played mainly third base and shortstop. She’ll catch and play the outfield at UNC Wilmington. Some of her more memorable moments at West are included in the Wildcats’ run to the 4A eastern regional championship series in 2012. “Nobody was expecting us to do anything, we won at Cape Fear and just kept winning from there,” Rachel said. As a junior this past spring, she hit .522 with 14 doubles, five triples and four home runs for West. She wants to improve on hitting balls in every part of the strike zone as she gets ready for college play. Academically, she has her eyes in a top 10 finish in the Wildcats’ class of 2015.
Compiled by D. Clay Best