Nicole Davis - Volleyball - STOCKTON

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Event: Volleyball (Competed Aug. 9-23)  Silver Medalist

Birthdate: 4/24/1982

Position: Libero

Height: 5-4/162 cm

Weight: 145 lbs/66 kg

Hometown: Stockton

College: Southern California

Joined Team: January 2004

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:
2008 – Tour of China...U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place).

2007 - World Grand Prix (Eighth Place)…NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal)...FIVB World Cup (Bronze Medal).

2006 – World Grand Prix (Seventh Place)…World Championships (Ninth Place).

2005 – Front Range Tour vs. Brazil…Pan American Cup…World Grand Prix…FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal)…NORCECA Continental Championships (Gold Medal)…World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:
2008 – Served as libero for three-week, eight-match tour of China...Tallied 112 digs and handled 213 serve receive chances with 54 percent positive receptions leading to a 5-3 record with a young team competing...Served as libero in June 11 match versus Brazil and subbed into contest on June 13 and June 14 as part of three-match series...Served as libero for the entire FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round in which USA won seven of nine matches and was a defensive specialist in the Final Round...Ranked fourth in the preliminary round in Best Digger with 2.33 digs per set, including four matches with at least double-digit digs. 

2007 - Averaged 2.53 digs per set as the U.S. libero for all three preliminary rounds during the World Grand Prix…Turned in a team-high 21 digs versus China in three games on Aug. 4…Paced Team USA to a silver medal at the NORCECA Championship as the team's libero…Averaged 3.00 digs per set for third best at the NORCECA Championship…Tallied 54 excellent service receptions on 84 attempts with only one error at the NORCECA Championship…Averaged 2.66 digs per set, fourth best at the FIVB World Cup, as the Team USA libero…Tallied 19 digs in four set win over Poland on Nov. 4.

2006 – Played in four matches during seven-match tour of Italy March 22 to April 2 with USA National Training Team … Played in two sets versus Poland on May 26…Libero for the final two weekends of the World Grand Prix…Ranked sixth in the Best Libero category in the World Grand Prix despite not playing the position the first three matches…Ranked 10th in World Grand Prix in digs with 1.30 per set (185 total digs)…Turned in 15 digs in 31 sets as a back-row specialist coming off the bench during the World Championships, handling 46 service receptions with a 41 positive percentage.

2005 – Split time with fellow libero Sarah Drury for the USA Women's National Team that captured the silver medal at the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan in November…The United States finished the tournament with a record of 4-1 as it earned wins over Korea, 2004 Olympic gold medalist China, Poland and Japan along the way…Earned a gold medal as Team USA won its third-straight NORCECA Continental Championship with a five-set victory over Cuba on Sept. 11…The USA Women qualified for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with the win…Also earned a gold medal in August at the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament as the USA Women qualified for the 2006 World Championships.

RECENT PRO:
Played for Fenerbahce Spor Klubu in Istanbul, Turkey during the 2007 season. She was the first foreign-born libero to play in the Turkish league and led her team to a second-place finish.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:
2003 – Davis concluded her stellar career with an incredible showing in the 2003 NCAA tournament…Davis, who averaged 4.2 digs per game during the regular season, averaged 5.2 digs per game during the postseason as the Trojans won their second-consecutive national championship and finished the year with a perfect 35-0 record…She recorded a career-high 31 digs twice during the season, including a four-set win over UCLA in the regional finals.

2002 – Davis proved to be one of the best liberos in the country by the end of her junior season as she helped guide USC to the 2002 NCAA championship...Played in all 32 matches and made 27 starts at libero (2002 marked the first season the libero position was used in collegiate volleyball)...Averaged a team-leading 3.44 digs per game and finished sixth in the Pac-10...Set a career-best mark with 24 digs in three matches (Oct. 4 at Stanford, Nov. 2 vs. Stanford and Nov. 26 vs. UC Santa Barbara)...Averaged 3.05 digs throughout the NCAA Championships, including 13 and 14 digs against Florida and Stanford in the semifinals and finals.

2001 – Davis played in all 29 matches and appeared in 99 games as a sophomore...She led the team and finished the season ranked ninth in the Pac-10 with 0.30 service aces per game...Also finished fourth on the team with 2.27 digs per game...Set a career high with 15 digs against Wisconsin (Sept. 2)...Tallied a kill against Hawai'i (Sept. 7) and Cal (Nov. 9)...Had a dominating performance at the service line when she recorded a career-best seven aces against Stanford (Oct. 12), a mark that ranks fifth among USC match records.

2000 – In her first season, Davis played in 44 games and appeared in 23 matches... She averaged 1.30 digs per game.
 
PERSONAL:
Born Nicole Marie Davis on April 24, 1982 in Stockton, Calif...Parents are Randy and Barbara Davis...She also has a brother named Christopher...Her happiest moment(s) in sports were winning back-to-back NCAA Division I volleyball championships with USC in 2002 and 2003...The person she admires most is her mother because of "the person she is, and has helped me become."...Owns a black belt in karate...Favorite professional team is the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball...Favorite movie is "Dirty Dancing" and her favorite food is anything sweet...Enjoys watching football in her spare time.

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