Rachel (Wacholder) Scott (born June 15, 1975) is a model and beach volleyball player. She has eight beach volleyball championships with three partners, most recently with Tyra Turner in San Diego on the AVP Tour on August 3, 2008.
In 2006, she was the No. 2 seed on the AVP tour along with her partner, beach volleyball veteran Elaine Youngs. During the 2005 AVP tour, Scott and Youngs dealt top-seeded Kerri Walsh and Misty May a surprise defeat at the Huntington Beach Open, halting the two-time Olympic Gold Medal winning team's 50 match win streak. The duo would go on to win five events together, all on the AVP Tour with three coming in 2005 and two in 2006.
Her exposure as a star player increased dramatically as a result and is considered one of only a handful of players capable of dealing the Kerri Walsh-Misty May combination a defeat. However, in August 2006, Scott and Youngs split just before the biggest American tournament of the year, the 2006 Manhattan Beach Open. No official reason for the split has been given. Scott paired with Jen (Kessy) Boss defeated Youngs and new partner Nicole Branagh in their first meeting at the Coney Island Open. Scott has an increasing support base from AVP fans.
At the end of the 2005 season, she was voted the AVP's best defensive player and most improved player of the year. She also won the most improved player in 2000 on the BVA Tour.
Scott won two FIVB Grand Slam events in 2004, her first two career victories, alongside Olympic gold medal winner Walsh, filling in for an injured May-Treanor.
As of 2009, she has played in 168 beach volleyball events, 121 domestically and 47 internationally. She has eight victories, 22 runner-up performances and has won over $750,000 in prize money.
Currently, Scott resides in Redondo Beach, California with husband Sean Scott, whom she wed in November 2007, and their son Koa, born April 3, 2009. Her husband is a fellow beach volleyball player on the AVP Tour. Wacholder's family members (parents, Myron and Marolyn, older sister, Ashley, and younger brother, Daniel) also reside in Southern California. Ashley Wacholder played volleyball at Duke and was ACC player of the year in 1993.
Scott was born in Laguna Beach, California. She attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a degree in Communications. She started four seasons on the volleyball team where she earned second team All-Big Eight honors in both 1994 and '95 and first-team All-Big 12 honors in 1996, the first season of the new league. She was a member of the 1993 Big Eight Championship team for the Buffaloes. She still holds 32 records in the Colorado Volleyball record book, including most kills in a three-game match (24) and is the only Buffalo to record 100 attacks in a single match, swinging 106 times against Iowa State in 1996. She continues to rank in the top five in CU history in career kills (3rd – 1,484), career attacks (2nd – 4,330), career service aces (t-4th – 145) and career digs (4th – 1,342).
It was revealed in 2009 that she would play with Kerri Walsh at the Hermosa Beach Open and continue for the rest of the season together with Walsh. The duo played in four events, finishing third once, fifth twice and 13th once. In 2010, she reunited with Youngs and the duo, seeded third, finished fifth to open the season at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida., AVP event.