WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As part of our countdown to the season, we will give you the inside scoop on one of our 16 players. With two days left until the home opener, we introduce senior Val Nichol, a 6-1 setter/outside hitter from Normal, Ill.
A third team All-America selection in 2013, Nichol did it all for the Boilermakers, posting 2.77 kills, 6.03 assists and 1.79 digs per set to go with 21 aces. She garnered All-Northeast Region honors and All-Big Ten selection and was named to the NCAA Champaign Regional all-tournament team. Nichol recorded two triples doubles and added 20 double-double efforts as well. She led the Purdue offense in 18 matches and led the team in digs and blocks twice each. She also helped the Purdue hitters to a .250 or better hitting percentage in 15 matches.
The Academic All-Big Ten honoree has played in 100 matches, racking up 760 kills, 193 blocks and 1000 assists. The daughter of John and Donna Nichol will face her sister Bailey across the net when Purdue takes on Morehead State Sept. 19.
Let's get to know Val a little bit better.
Sweet or Salty: Sweet
Chocolate or Vanilla:Vanilla
Dogs or Cats:Dogs
Vacation - At the beach or in the mountains: Beach
Coolest place I've ever been: Croatia
Person I look up to the most: My sister, Bailey
Best feeling - stuff block or big kill: Stuff block
Best feeling - service ace or big diving save: Service ace
Two words that describe me:Competitive, outgoing
One more to describe my game: Competitive
Team I am most excited to play in 2014: Morehead State
My most memorable sports moment: Beating Nebraska at home
Celebrity crush: Chad Michael Murray
Best non-athletic talent: Karaoke
Dream job: Coaching college volleyball/sports psychologist
Song I have to listen to before a game: All I Do Is Win
Favorite sweet treat: Skittles
Favorite ice cream flavor: Oreo
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite sport besides volleyball: To watch: wrestling, to play: basketball
Favorite sports team: Chicago Bears
Favorite athlete: Kerri Walsh
Favorite TV Show: One Tree Hill
Favorite Movie: Taken
Favorite Book: Fault In Our Stars
Favorite Musical Artist: Blake Shelton
Favorite Type of Pizza: Pepperoni & mushroom