Annie Drews begins training with Team USA
Val Nichol will continue her professional volleyball career in Poland
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Val Nichol will train with USA Volleyball following her season abroad
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Senior Night for Val Nichol & KiKi Jones (photos by Charles Jischke)
Volleyball match featuring Purdue versus Indiana on October 8, 2014.
Purdue Volleyball vs. Indiana (11/21/12)
2014: Honorable Mention All-America ... Honorable Mention All-Northeast Region ... All-Big Ten selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Setter of the Week, 9/1 ... averaged 10.08 assists, 2.29 digs, 1.25 kills and 0.67 blocks per set while starting all 32 matches ... served up team-best 25 aces ... ranked fifth in the Big Ten in assists per set and seventh in conference play (9.56) ... recorded two triple-doubles - at Iowa (13 kills, 20 assists, 10 digs) and vs. Rutgers (13 kills, 22 assists, 11 digs), moving her career total to four, most in Purdue history ... put together 10 double-doubles, combining assists and digs each time ... posted double-digit digs in 12 matches, including career-best 16 at No. 10 Illinois, and double-digit kills twice ... put up five or more blocks four times, including career-best seven at Indiana ... led team in kills three times, blocks five times and digs four times ... helped team to a .250 or better hitting percentage in 17 matches, including .300 or better 12 times and .400 or better twice ... individually, hit at a .250 or better clip 20 times ... Preseason All-Big Ten ... Active Ankle Challenge MVP ... named to Mortar Board Premier, KSU Owl Invitational and Holiday Inn University Plaza Invitational all-tournament teams.
2013: AVCA All-America third team ... AVCA All-Northeast Region selection ... All-Big Ten selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... NCAA Champaign Regionall All-Tournament team ... Big Ten Player of the Week, Oct. 21 ... started all 35 matches ... posted 2.77 kills per set, while also adding 6.03 assists and 1.79 digs per set and 21 aces ... recorded two triple-doubles, a 15-kill, 34-assist and 15-dig effort against No. 15 Wisconsin, Nov. 2 and a 14-kill, 27-assist, 10-dig performance at No. 4 Missouri in the NCAA Second Round... tallied 20 double-doubles, combining kills and assists 16 times and assists and digs four times ... led the Purdue offense in 18 matches and led the team in digs twice ... posted double-digit kill tallies 18 times and double-digit digs on six occasions ... tallied career-high 20 kills vs. #10 Minnesota, career-best 34 assists vs. #5 Penn State and #15 Wisconsin, career high four aces vs. #19 Michigan State and Iowa, 15 digs vs. #15 Wisconsin and seven blocks at Notre Dame ... helped Purdue's hitters to a .250 or better hitting percentage in 15 matches ... individually, has hit .250 or better 18 times, including .300 or better 15 times, .400 or better nine times and .500 or better twice ... chipped in team-leading blocking totals twice, while managing five or more stuffs twice ... tallied 700th career kill against Indiana, Nov. 27, and 1,000th career assist vs. #13 Wisconsin in the Elite Eight ... named to USF Invitational all-tournament team ... played for U.S. Women's National A2 program during summer 2013.
2012: Saw action in all 34 matches, starting nine ... averaged 1.72 kills and 1.74 assists per set ... posted double-digit kills seven times, including a career-best 16 at No. 9 Nebraska ... led team in kills twice, against No. 21 Northern Iowa and No. 12 Washington ... led team in blocks vs. No. 25 Michigan State with a career-high six, including four solo ... registered two double-doubles with 12 kills and 29 assists at Rice and 10 kills and a career-best 10 digs against Jacksonville State ... served up 11 aces, including a acareer-best three vs. LSU ... dished out double-digit assist tallies nine times ... helped team to a hitting effort of .250 or better four times ... named to the all-tournament team at the Mortar Board Premier.
2011: Played in 31 matches, starting two: against College of Charleston and Western Carolina ... averaged 2.11 kills per set, third most on the team ... posted double-digit kills on six occasions, including a team-leading 15 vs. Western Carolina ... hit .250 or better in 12 matches, including .300 or better nine times, .400 or better seven times and .500 or better three times ... led team in blocks twice: vs. #2 Nebraska and Western Carolina ... put up five blocks against Western Carolina ... added 30 digs and three assists.
High School: Ranked No. 20 on PrepVolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces ... a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection ... led her team in assists and kills with 383 and 244 respectively as a senior, while also garnering Area Player of the Year honors as well as Belleville Crossroad Classic and Minooka Invitational all-tournament team honors ... garnered honorable mention all-state and prepvolleyball.com High School All-American honorable mention accolades as a junior under coaches Erin Huebner and Karen Valouche ... named the Area Player of the Year and the only unanimous first team all-Cornbelt Conference selection, while garnering Minooka Invitational all-tournament team honors her junior year ... earned second team honorable mention all-conference honors and second team Pantagraph all-area honors as a sophomomore ... received the National Scholar/Athletic Award for excellence in academic and athletics, presented by the US Army Reserves ... played club volleyball for the Illini Elite Volleyball Club, which won the National Junior Classic 15s championship in 2008 and the NJC 17s title in 2010 ... named to JVDA National Championship all-tournament team in 2009.
Personal: Given name is Valerie Nicole Nichol ... born April 29, 1993 ... parents are John and Donna Nichol ... has one sister, Bailey, who plays volleyball at Morehead State ... major is movement and sport sciences.