Margolies joins Kimberly Loo, of the Netherlands, and Cassie Hochwalt, of Phoenix, Ariz., with her commitment to join the Lady Govs for the 2010-11 season. Those three will join OVC Player of the Year Vanja Tomic and OVC Freshman of the Year Carolin Weikard in their title defense.
A smart player with a storied a prep career, Margolies brings more than eight years of USTA tournament experience to the Lady Govs. She was a four-year letter winner at Madison West High School, a three-year team MVP and a four-time Capital Times Fall Prep Athlete of the Year. Her on-court prowess led to four appearances in the Wisconsin Division I Individual State Tournament, as well as a No. 2 seed as a senior.
"Rachel has a good sense of the game and that's what I really like about her," Lady Govs head coach Malik Tabet said. "At the position she'll be playing, we'll need someone who is crafty with the ball and has a good understanding of the game. Hopefully, she'll be able to make the adjustments necessary to bring the points home."
In USTA play, Margolies is a two-time participant in the Midwest Marian Wood Baird Cup. In 2009, she went 2-2, losing her final match in three sets. She also won the 2008 Wisconsin Junior Open, taking each match in straight sets along the way.
Her knowledge of the game is what drew Tabet, the 2010 OVC co-Coach of the Year, to the Wisconsin product. His strategy of developing points from the baseline to finish at the net is responsible for much of the Lady Govs success. Tabet was complimentary of Margolies ability to fit in quickly with that game plan and be able to build on it throughout her collegiate career.
"She's a very smart kid who knows the game," Tabet said. "Her weapon is the way she knows how to build a point. We're going to reinforce that idea in her game and try to make her better. I'm very excited to have her as part of our team and I'm sure she'll make a great contribution."