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Gwen Rucker
Gwen Rucker


Lexington, KY

High School:
Henry Clay


Middle Blocker


Volleyball Set to Open Season with Alumnae Match

Red/Black Scrimmage will showcase 2013 squad


Volleyball Set to Face Illinois in Spring Match

Cards play in Cardinal Arena on Saturday


Volleyball Celebrates Banner Season at Awards Banquet

Cardinals, fans and families gather at PNC Club


Volleyball Sends Three to the Professional Ranks

Arslanbekova, James and Rucker all playing pro


Forty-Three Student-Athletes Participate in Fall Graduation Ceremony

The football team had 11 student-athletes graduate in the fall.


Season in Review: Volleyball

The Cards finished 30-4 (14-1) and as OVC Champions



Louisville Volleyball v Belmont | NCAA First Round



Louisville Volleyball v Belmont (OVC Champions)



Louisville Volleyball v Marquette



Louisville Volleyball v Georgetown

2011: Gwen played with the USA A2 National team in the summer of 2012, her second stint with the national team. Selected to All-BIG EAST Preseason Team, she was also named to Cobra Magazine's All-Preseason National Second Team. She started the season strong when she was named to theBIG EAST Honor Roll on Aug. 29 as well as being named to the All-Tournament Team at the Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic. She was injured in the Kentucky match, and missed the remainder of the season. Before she was injured, she was seventh on the team with 57 kills (2.38/set), seventh on the team with 11 aces (0.46/set) and seventh on the team with 30 blocks (1.25/set).

2010: Gwen was named to the AVCA All-Northeast Region and was chosen for the USA National A2 Team. Cobra Magazine named her to the Preseason All-American Second Team. She was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team and All-BIG EAST Second Team. Second on the team with 138 blocks (1.22/set), she finished the match against #24 Arizona with seven kills and four solo blocks. She joined Jennifer Hoffman, Lecia Brown and Amanda Simmons in the U of L record book with 13 total blocks against Cincinnati, finishing the match with three solo blocks and 10 block assists against the Bearcats. Recorded three solo blocks and finished with seven total blocks at #22 Tennessee. Rucker recorded nine kills to go along with four blocks in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament. Gwen recorded a match-high eight blocks against Marquette during the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament, including two solo blocks. She added nine kills against Marquette as well while hitting .316. In the BIG EAST championship win against Cincinnati, she posted six kills in 10 attempts with no errors. She also added six blocks against the Bearcats. She had thirteen kills and five blocks in the NCAA match against Purdue.

2009: Gwen Rucker played in 101 sets last year and totalled 239 kills and had a total of 198 blocks. She had seven block assists against Notre Dame in the semifinal and totaled five kills and five block assists against Cincinnati in the BIG EAST Championship. She recorded 10 kills against Pittsburgh on Oct. 4 to go along with four kills agianst Minnesota on Dec. 4 in the NCAA Tournament. She had seven total blocks against Jacksonville State on Nov. 28, including four solo blocks. Rucker had three digs against Connecticut and against Seton Hall on Oct. 17. She has had a setting assists on two occasions. Gwen was the University of Louisville Student Athlete of the Week on Oct. 14. She also played on the women's basketball team earning six starts in 25 games, finishing the season with 3.0 points per game to go along with 3.1 rebounds per contest. Rucker was named a Muhammad Ali Scholar and spent the past summer doing research in Ghana with the Ali Scholars.

2008: Gwen played in 94 sets, starting at outside hitter midway through the season. She notched 125 kills on 289 swings. she had 24 block solos and 61 block assists. She had her best hitting game against Miami where she had 12 kills on 16 attacks and no errors. She had eight total blocks against Valparaiso. She had five or more blocks in six matches. She ended her volleyball season Dec. 5 and played her first basketball game two days later. As the starting center for the Cardinals, she helped them not only to the Final Four, but to the national championship game. She hit a three pointer to take the Cardinals into the first overtime against Rutgers in the BIG EAST quarterfinals. It was just her second three pointer of the season and her only shot of the game. She averaged 2.1 rebounds and 2.5 points for the Cardinals. She was one of the leading foul shooters on the squad, hitting 32 of 40 shots for .800.

High School: Gwen was signed as a two-sport athlete for the Cardinals with the volleyball/basketball combination. In volleyball, at Henry Clay High School, Gwen was Team MVP and Outstanding Blocker all four years for Coach Dale Grupe. She was a first team All-State team member in 2007 and made the all-city, all-region and all-district team all four years. She played club ball for KIVA for coach Aaron Roberson. In basketball, Rucker is ranked 84th in the nation among the 2008 recruiting class. She was an all-state selection in both basketball and volleyball as a junior. She is considered one of the top basketball players in the state after averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds her junior year. She also shot 56 percent from the field last season. She played on the Kentucky Junior All-Stars team and earned all-city, all-district and all-region honors her sophomore and junior seasons.

Personal: Daughter of Stacy and Byron Ingram. She was born April 28, 1990. She is planning on majoring in math and actuarial science.

Kills: 13, at Purdue, Dec 04, 2010
Attacks: 27, at Syracuse, Oct 26, 2008
Attack pct:  .522, at Purdue, Dec 04, 2010 (13-1-23)
Assists: 4, vs UIC Flames, Sep 13, 2008
Serve aces: 4, vs Kansas State, Aug 27, 2011
Digs: 5, EASTERN ILLINOIS, Sep 03, 2011
Blocks: 13, Cincinnati, Oct 16, 2010
Block solo: 4, JACKSONVILLE STATE, Nov 28, 2009 ; at Arizona, Sep 03, 2010
Block assist: 10, Cincinnati, Oct 16, 2010

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