Nicole Davis

Position: Libero
Height: 5-4/162 cm
Weight: 145 lbs/66 kg
Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
Birth Date: April 24, 1982
College: Southern California/
Joined Team: January 2004

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2008 – Tour of China...U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)...Olympic Games (Silver Medal). 2007 - World Grand Prix (Eighth Place)…NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal)...FIVB World Cup (Bronze Medal). 2006 – World Grand Prix (Seventh Place)…World Championships (Ninth Place). 2005 – Front Range Tour vs. Brazil…Pan American Cup…World Grand Prix…FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal)…NORCECA Continental Championships (Gold Medal)…World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Libero for U.S. Women’s National Team two-match tour of Egypt resulting in two victories…Averaged 4.86 digs per set in two-match series against Egypt. 2008 – Served as libero for three-week, eight-match tour of China...Tallied 112 digs and handled 213 serve receive chances with 54 percent positive receptions leading to a 5-3 record with a young team competing...Served as libero in June 11 match versus Brazil and subbed into contest on June 13 and June 14 as part of three-match series...Served as libero for the entire FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round in which USA won seven of nine matches and was a defensive specialist in the Final Round...Ranked fourth in the preliminary round in Best Digger with 2.33 digs per set, including four matches with at least double-digit digs...Served as USA libero at the Olympic Games, which resulted in a silver medal and the country's first medal in women's volleyball since 1992...Averaged 2.88 digs per set, sixth-best among all players in the Olympic Games...Tallied a 52 percent in excellent service receptions, which along with her dig average, helped the U.S. to a .302 team hitting efficiency.  2007 - Averaged 2.53 digs per set as the U.S. libero for all three preliminary rounds during the World Grand Prix…Turned in a team-high 21 digs versus China in three games on Aug. 4…Paced Team USA to a silver medal at the NORCECA Championship as the team’s libero…Averaged 3.00 digs per set for third best at the NORCECA Championship…Tallied 54 excellent service receptions on 84 attempts with only one error at the NORCECA Championship…Averaged 2.66 digs per set, fourth best at the FIVB World Cup, as the Team USA libero…Tallied 19 digs in four set win over Poland on Nov. 4. 2006 – Played in four matches during seven-match tour of Italy March 22 to April 2 with USA National Training Team … Played in two sets versus Poland on May 26…Libero for the final two weekends of the World Grand Prix…Ranked sixth in the Best Libero category in the World Grand Prix despite not playing the position the first three matches…Ranked 10th in World Grand Prix in digs with 1.30 per set (185 total digs)…Turned in 15 digs in 31 sets as a back-row specialist coming off the bench during the World Championships, handling 46 service receptions with a 41 positive percentage. 2005 – Split time with fellow libero Sarah Drury for the USA Women’s National Team that captured the silver medal at the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan in November…The United States finished the tournament with a record of 4-1 as it earned wins over Korea, 2004 Olympic gold medalist China, Poland and Japan along the way…Earned a gold medal as Team USA won its third-straight NORCECA Continental Championship with a five-set victory over Cuba on Sept. 11…The USA Women qualified for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with the win…Also earned a gold medal in August at the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament as the USA Women qualified for the 2006 World Championships.

RECENT PRO: Played for Fenerbahce Spor Klubu in Istanbul, Turkey during the 2007 season. She was the first foreign-born libero to play in the Turkish league and led her team to a second-place finish.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2003 – Davis concluded her stellar career with an incredible showing in the 2003 NCAA tournament…Davis, who averaged 4.2 digs per game during the regular season, averaged 5.2 digs per game during the postseason as the Trojans won their second-consecutive national championship and finished the year with a perfect 35-0 record…She recorded a career-high 31 digs twice during the season, including a four-set win over UCLA in the regional finals. 2002 – Davis proved to be one of the best liberos in the country by the end of her junior season as she helped guide USC to the 2002 NCAA championship...Played in all 32 matches and made 27 starts at libero (2002 marked the first season the libero position was used in collegiate volleyball)...Averaged a team-leading 3.44 digs per game and finished sixth in the Pac-10...Set a career-best mark with 24 digs in three matches (Oct. 4 at Stanford, Nov. 2 vs. Stanford and Nov. 26 vs. UC Santa Barbara)...Averaged 3.05 digs throughout the NCAA Championships, including 13 and 14 digs against Florida and Stanford in the semifinals and finals. 2001 – Davis played in all 29 matches and appeared in 99 games as a sophomore...She led the team and finished the season ranked ninth in the Pac-10 with 0.30 service aces per game...Also finished fourth on the team with 2.27 digs per game...Set a career high with 15 digs against Wisconsin (Sept. 2)...Tallied a kill against Hawai’i (Sept. 7) and Cal (Nov. 9)...Had a dominating performance at the service line when she recorded a career-best seven aces against Stanford (Oct. 12), a mark that ranks fifth among USC match records. 2000 – In her first season, Davis played in 44 games and appeared in 23 matches... She averaged 1.30 digs per game.

PERSONAL: Born Nicole Marie Davis on April 24, 1982 in Stockton, Calif….Parents are Randy and Barbara Davis…She also has a brother named Christopher…Her happiest moment(s) in sports were winning back-to-back NCAA Division I volleyball championships with USC in 2002 and 2003…The person she admires most is her mother because of “the person she is, and has helped me become.”…Owns a black belt in karate…Favorite professional team is the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball…Favorite movie is “Dirty Dancing” and her favorite food is anything sweet…Enjoys watching football in her spare time.

"20 Questions with Nicole Davis"

What kind of car do you drive?
A black Range Rover Sport

What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
I would like to be a corporate lawyer for a professional sports team.

Who was your club coach prior to going to college?
Bret Almazan-Cezar...he now coaches for Vision VBC, and Arch Bishop Mitty HS in the Bay Area.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Probably in Italy, on a vineyard!

What is your favorite television program?
Grey's Anatomy...it used to be Sex and the City.

Who is the funniest player on the women’s national team?
Ogonna Nnamani is by far one of the funniest people in the world!

What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
Traveling all over the world for free! Meeting new people, seeing new things, and learning about different cultures.
What is your favorite food?
Italian...my crutch is chocolate though.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for?
I would invest several million in commercial realestate and long term investment plans, and then I would buy myself a couple houses...one on the beach in California, a villa in Italy, and townhouse in Paris or London maybe, and apartment in NYC or Chicago...I would travel as much as possible.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
The ability to read other people's thoughts (but only when I wanted to).

What is one off-the-court talent that you have?
I have a black belt in martial arts.

What is your motto?
Success is the self satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. (I'm into John Wooden's philosophies on success and sport, pyramid of success, etc).
How many different languages can you converse in?
3. English obviously. I'm functional in spanish and polish.

What is your pet peeve?
People stating the obvious.

What communication tool do you use most often – text messaging, talking on the cell phone or e-mail?
Text messaging...I used to hate it, and then I was persuaded into buying a sidekick, and now I'm addicted.

What was the most defining moment in your life?
I've had several. The day I decided to stop talking to my father was one, but a positive one. Winning our first national championship at USC. Surviving Poland, and everything that I went through along the way. Finishing my degree finally this year, after leaving school early 2 years ago.

If you could be on the cover of one magazine, which one would you choose?
Vogue

What is your fondest child-hood memory?
Fourth of July weekends on the river.

What was your favorite subject in school?
It was actually math in high school. And in college it was Constitutional law.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have a shopping problem!

Posted and updated: June 1, 2009