PRESS RELEASE 10.06.2009

Player 114059:  Fawcett - Nicole Fawcett

USA #1 - Nicole Fawcett

Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
Hometown/Residence: Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville, Ohio
Birth Date: Dec. 16, 1986
College/Major/Grad Year: Penn State/Human Development and Family Studies/NA
Joined Team: June 2009



COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Named AVCA Division I National Player of the Year, third consecutive AVCA All-America First-Team honor and fourth overall AVCA All-American award…Selected as Honda Award winner for overall best NCAA Division I volleyball player… Led Penn State to an undefeated record (38-0) and its second straight NCAA title and sixth consecutive Big Ten crown…Averaged 3.78 kills per set on .358 hitting for the year, with her kills per game average ranking second on the team…Led Penn State with 40 service aces and also added in 219 total blocks for the year. 2007 – Selected to AVCA All-America First-Team and NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after guiding Penn State to the NCAA Division I Tournament championship...Unanimous selection to All-Big Ten First-Team...Started all 36 matches of the season and played in 120 of 122 sets…During NCAA Tournament (20 sets), averaged 4.20 kills per game on .387 hitting with 12 service aces, 22 digs and 26 blocks ...Held season average of 4.44 kills per set (533 total kills) and finished with a hitting percentage of .313, good for 10th in the Big Ten. 2006 – Selected AVCA All-America First-Team and unanimous All-Big Ten First-Team…Selected as Academic All-Big Ten...Played in all 35 matches of the year and 113 of 114 sets...Averaged 4.27 kills per set (483 total kills), good for second on the team and eighth in the Big Ten...Finished the season ranked fourth on the team and sixth in the conference in hitting percentage (.331), the only pure left-side hitter in the league within the top six...Ended her second season with 979 career kills. 2005 – Selected as AVCA NCAA Division I National Freshman of the Year and AVCA All-America Second-Team All-America…Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and All-Big Ten First-Team…Started all 34 matches in freshman season and set an NCAA Tournament record for hitting percentage by attacking at a career-high .889 clip (16-0-18) against Long Island (12/3) in the second round...Led the Lions and ranked third in the Big Ten with an average of 4.51 kills per set (496 total kills) on .309 hitting...Recorded 31 double-digit kill matches.

OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: 2005 – Member of U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship. 2004 – Member of U.S. Junior Women’s National Team that won gold medal at NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship. 2003 – Member of U.S. Girls’ Youth Team which participated in the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship in Poland.

CLUB/PREP CAREER: Member of the Team Atlantis Volleyball Club...Four-year volleyball letterwinner and three-year track letterwinner for Benjamin Logan High School in Bellefontaine, Ohio...Four-year team captain in volleyball for the Raiders...2004 Ohio State High School Gatorade Player of the Year...Named to Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50"...Selected Ohio High Magazine Player of the Year as a senior...Led prep team to 92-13 scholastic record, including three league championships and the district and regional runner-up titles in 2004...Three-time First Team All-Ohio honoree...Earned four First-Team CBC honors, four First-Team District IX accolades and three District IX Player of the Year awards...Set school record for kills in a season four consecutive years and olds the Ohio state record for career kills...Regional track high jump finalist in 2004 and 2005... National Honor Society member...Named to the Fall Sport All-Academic Team and the honor roll.

PERSONAL: Born Nicole Marie Fawcett on Dec. 16, 1986, in San Antonio, Texas...Nickname is Nic…Parents are Bob and Kim Fawcett… Mother Kim played volleyball for Wright State…Brother is Joe Fawcett... Maternal grandfather was a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in 1945...Majored in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University...Favorite musical group is Coldplay…Favorite professional team is the New York Yankees…Favorite book is Angels and Demons…Favorite television show is Grey’s Anatomy.