#10 Olivia Nielson

Women's Volleyball
Class Junior Height 5'10"
Hometown Anchorage, Alaska
High School A.J. Diamond HS Position Middle Blocker
Club Team Midnight Sun Volleyball Major Psychology


Sophomore Season (2009-10) - Played in all 26 matches ... Topped NWC in total blocks with 101 (14 solo, 87 assist) ... Collected nine blocks (three solo, six assist) vs. Pomona-Pitzer as Whitman collected 31 blocks (19.5 total) -- the season's highest single-match block total for NWC team ... Crushed 11 kills with five blocks vs. Lewis & Clark ... Ten kills in 18 attempts with no errors (.556) in five-game win over Pacific ... Twice collected eight block assists in matches against George Fox and Willamette ... Twice pounded eight kills vs. Willamette and Lewis & Clark ... Seven kills, six blocks vs. Linfield ... Served four aces to go with seven kills vs. Pacific.

First Year Season (2009-10) - Played in 23 matches, starting 21, in first season ... One of only two Missionaries (along with Courtney Brewer) to appear in all 85 games throughout season ... Recorded 73 kills, good for fifth on team ... Also had six solo blocks and 48 block assists.

Prep - Played varsity for A.J. Diamond Lynxes and coach Kim Lauwers ... State champions senior year ... Honorable Mention All-Conference Team 2008 ... All-State Good Sportsmanship Award 2008 ... Played club volleyball for Midnight Sun Volleyball ... Also competed on varsity track & field team for one year.

Academics - Majoring in psychology ... AP Scholar Award ... Honor Roll for four years ... Involved with Gifted Mentorship Program ... Student Ambassador for People to People.

Personal - Daughter of Julie Robinson and David Nielson ... Has one younger sister, Deanna, who plays varsity volleyball at Gonzaga ... Enjoys going playing piano, beach bonfires, traveling and watching videos on youtube.

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