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 ... major is movement and sport sciences.