#9 Nicole Smith
IM / Fly
AT NOTRE DAME (2010-14): Five-year student-athlete, who overcame multiple knee injuries in high school and another at Notre Dame to have a productive career … 496 of 536 career kills came in final two years … played in 78 career matches … graduated in the spring of 2014 from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in history and a minor in business economics (3.010 GPA) … graduated in the spring of 2015 from the Mendoza College of Business with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in corporate finance (3.213 GPA).
HONORS & AWARDS: Four-time monogram winner (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014) … two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2011, 2012) … Purdue Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team (2014) … ACC Academic Honor Roll (2014).
AS A GRADUATE STUDENT (2014): Had second productive season in a row to wrap up Irish career … set career highs in kills (249) and kills per set (2.62) … finished second on the team in both categories … also added 52 blocks, 85 digs and four service aces … played in 26 matches and earned 20 starts … missed three matches early in the year with an ankle injury … led or tied for the team lead in kills nine times, blocks four times, attack percentage three times and service aces twice … claimed all-tournament team honors at the Purdue Active Ankle Challenge … earned starts against No. 12 Minnesota (8/29) and No. 6 Wisconsin (8/30) to open the season … finished with 10 kills, seven digs, three blocks and two assists against the Golden Gophers … totaled a team-high six kills to go along with four digs and two blocks versus the Badgers … had 13 kills and eight digs against Washington State (9/5) before suffering an ankle injury that kept her out against IUPUI 9/6), Western Michigan (9/7) and TCU (9/12) … had 12 kills, four digs, two blocks and a service ace against Northern Iowa (9/13) in second match back from ankle injury … totaled 11 kills, six digs, three blocks and a service ace against Morehead State (9/19) … produced season-high five blocks to go along with 16 kills against Saint Louis (9/19) to clinch all-tournament team accolades … three solo blocks against the Billikens was a career high … totaled nine kills and had a .308 attack percentage at No. 6 Florida State (9/28) … had 16 kills while hitting a then career-high .448 against Syracuse (10/3) … also had four digs and three blocks against the Orange … ended first home ACC weekend with 11 kills, three digs and two blocks against No. 25 Duke (10/5) … totaled 12 kills (.290 A%) and four blocks against Boston College (10/19) … set new career standard with 20 kills on 47 attack attempts at Virginia (10/25) … totaled 14 kills, seven digs, four blocks and two assists at Boston College (11/2) … had a match-high 18 kills to go along with three blocks and three digs against Louisville (11/9) … pounded home 17 kills at Wake Forest (11/14) … totaled five kills, four digs and four blocks at Duke (11/16) … wrapped up career with a team-high 10 kills and a career-high .529 attack percentage against Pitt (11/28) … named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll … earned a monogram.
AS A SENIOR (2013):Played in 30 of 31 matches with 16 starts (105 sets total) … finished third on the team in kills (247), kills per set (2.35), points (288.5) and points per set (2.75) … also placed fourth on team in blocks (63), blocks per game (0.60) and attack percentage (.211) … hit .239 with 184 kills (2.52 per set) and 44 blocks (0.60 per set) in ACC play … produced double-digit kill totals in 12 matches … had five or more kills in 23 matches … had two or more blocks in 18 matches … turned in impressive final month of season by producing six or more kills in all 10 matches including 10 or more in five of the contests … also hit above .300 in six of the final 10 matches and in 12 contests overall … hit .303 with 14 kills against Georgia (Sept. 21) … totaled 12 kills (.320 attack %) and four blocks vs. Duke (Oct. 2) … hit .500 with nine kills at Georgia Tech to help the Irish win their first ACC match in program history (Oct. 12) … tallied career-high six blocks at Virginia Tech (Oct. 25) … followed 10-kill (career-high .400 attack %) performance against Maryland (Nov. 1) with a 12-kill (.345 attack %), four-block showing versus Pitt (Nov. 3) to help the Irish sweep the weekend … totaled 14 kills (.333 attack %) in win at Boston College (Nov. 9) … totaled 12 kills (.375 attack %) and three blocks in victory over Virginia Tech … closed out season with career highs in kills (17), attacks (38) and digs (7) in win over Boston College (Nov. 29) and 14 kills and four blocks on senior day against Syracuse (Nov. 30) … earned a monogram … was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
AS A JUNIOR (2012):Played in 10 matches, earning one start against No. 14 Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament … had 11 kills, six digs and three blocks on year … saw first action since 2010 at Shamrock Invitational … recorded a kill, dig and two blocks in 3-0 win over Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 2) … had one kill, one assist and three digs in a 3-0 win over UConn (Oct. 6) … recorded four kills while hitting .500 in a 3-0 win over Georgetown (Oct. 19) … had season-high five kills while hitting .385 in a 3-0 win over Villanova (Oct. 21) … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2011):Missed entire campaign with preseason knee injury … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
AS A FRESHMAN (2010):One kill and block assist for 1.5 points versus Arizona … three kills on six errorless swings in win over Belmont … first starting nod came against Weber State … came through with two kills, two digs, three blocks and four aces vs. Weber State … back-to-back-to-back aces in the first set vs. Weber State … first home start yielded seven kills vs. Weber State … five kills and two block assists against DePaul … six kills and two block assists at Western Michigan … totaled 29 kills, 10 blocks and four aces for 38.0 points in 26 sets played … earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL:Led Fred Page (Tennessee) to four conference and regional titles … four-time team MVP, all-conference, all-city and all-state performer … totaled 1,989 kills during prep career, with 570 recorded during senior season … finished prep career with 244 blocks and 383 aces … played in the 2010 Tennessee All-Star match … earned All-America recognition as a sophomore … 2008 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year … part of Prep Volleyball’s Top 100 Seniors list in 2008 … named to Prep Volleyball’s top freshman, sophomore and junior lists … class AA state runner-up in 2009 while serving as team captain … . two-time district MVP … three-time regional MVP … named to all-tournament team and MVP at 2008 Junior Olympics … team won the national event in 2006 and 2008 … all-tournament member at the Junior Olympics in 2006 … participated in the 2008 USVA A2 training camp in Tucson, Arizona … Tennessee Volleyball All-Star match participant … set school’s track and field records in high jump (state champion in 2008), long jump (state champion in 2008), hurdles and pentathlon (state runner-up in 2007) … On the Ball Magazine Track Athlete of the Year in 2008 … National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and National Science Honor Society member … Mu Alpha Theta … John Maher Scholar-Athlete candidate … daughter of Sharon and Scott Smith … mother played basketball and volleyball at Ferris State … has two brothers, Aaron and Austin … born in Grand Rapids, Michigan … hails from same area and played on same club team as former Irish All-American Lauren Brewster … graduated in the spring of 2014 from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in history and a minor in business economics (3.010 GPA) … graduated in the spring of 2015 from the Mendoza College of Business with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in corporate finance (3.213 GPA).
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