Nicole Akporiaye
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Nicole  Akporiaye

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tucson, Ariz.

High School:
Canyon Del Oro HS

Height:
6-1

Position:
MB

Birthdate:
03/17/1981

Experience:
3L

2001: Started 22 matches and played in 88 games during the regular season...Was recognized by Black Issues in Higher Education as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar...Named to the Mountain West Conference all-academic team...Fourth on the team with 192 kills and second with 78 blocks...Hit a triple-double against cross-town rival San Diego on Sept. 1 with 15 kills, 11 digs and 10 blocks...Saw double-digit kills in eight matches...Hit back-to-back season highs with 15 kills against Loyola-Chicago and San Diego on the same day of the Inn Suites Invitational ...Totaled 85 digs for a 1.02 per game average...Hit 10 kills against Wyoming, both home and away.

2000: Starting outside hitter who led the team hitters and blockers with a .263 hitting percentage...Played on the front line for the entire season...Had a string of seven consecutive matches in which she finished in double figures in kills, hitting .302...Finished second on the team in total kills with 280... Average of 2.55 kpg ranked her third on the team...Was just under a block per game (0.98 bpg) in conference play...Named to the all-tournament teams at both the Portland Nike Conference Challenge and the Cornell Invitational...Hit .762 with 16 kills and no errors vs. Brigham Young (10/20)... Named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic team.

1999: Finished the season second on the team in blocks (101) and kills (238) ...Competed in 29 matches along with 102 games...Registered her first-ever double-digit kill outing against South Florida with 11 and finished with a .333 hitting percentage...Earned MWC player-of-the-week honors (Oct. 25-29) for her efforts in SDSU's come-from-behind wins vs. Northern Arizona and UNLV...In the match vs. Northern Arizona on Oct. 25, tallied 12 kills on 25 attacks with just four errors for a .320 hitting percentage...Three days later against UNLV, she registered a career-high 18 kills and finished with a .343 attack percentage...Only freshman in the league to earn player-of-the-week honors.

High School: Three-year letterwinner at Canyon Del Oro High School in Tucson, Ariz...All-city second-team selection in 1997 and first team all-city and all-league in '98...Voted most improved 1995-97...Team MVP senior year...Helped lead the Dorados to the state playoffs in 1996 and '97, and regional championship in 1997... Member of the National Honor Society...A two-year letterwinner in basketball...Received most improved and best defensive player awards.

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