Nichole Stilwell
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    Nichole Stilwell

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Divide, Colo.

    High School:
    Woodland Park HS

    Height:
    6-0

    Position:
    MB

    JUNIOR YEAR (2009): Named Most Valuable Player...became the first Falcon to earn Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors since 2003...saw action in all 97 sets...was in the starting rotation for every match...ranked second on the team with 249 kills...also ranked second on the team in solo blocks (10) and assisted blocks (49)...now ranked among the program's all-time career leaders in total blocks (fifth, 178), assisted blocks (sixth, 146) and solo blocks (seventh, 31)...matched career high with seven total blocks (one solo, six assisted) in the Falcons' win over Louisiana Tech...the six assisted stops were a season high in that category...recorded three solo blocks against San Diego State...also tallied multiple solo blocks (2) at Utah...notched at least one block in 25 matches...posted the team's top blocking numbers in 14 matches...recorded a season-best 17 kills at LaSalle...that was the team's second-highest single-match performance of the season...collected double-digit kills in 10 other matches, including a pair of 15-kills performances against Louisiana Tech and Arkansas-Pine Bluff...led the Air Force attackers with a .236 hitting percentage (249 kills, 105 errors, 610 attempts)...recorded the second-best single match performance on the team, hitting .625 at UNLV...recorded 11 kills on 16 attempts, while committing just one error during that match...led the team in hitting percentage during 12 matches...recorded first collegiate service ace at San Diego State...added 13 assists and 36 digs...tallied a career-best three assists against Northern Colorado...posted a season-best three digs in three matches, including both meetings with Colorado State...selected to the all-tournament teams at the LaSalle Invitational and at the Sugar Bear Classic...named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team...earned MWC Scholar-Athlete distinction.

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (2008): Saw action in 97 sets...was in the starting rotation for 24 of the 25 matches...ranked second on the team with 189 kills...collected a season-best 13 kills against Southern Mississippi...also surpassed the 10-kill mark against Montana State (11), Kent State (12), UNLV (10) and Wyoming (11)...led the team in kill during four matches...posted the best hitting percentage on team during five matches, highlighted by a .500 average (5-0-10) at TCU...accounted for nine solo blocks and 35 assisted stops...the nine solo blocks were the second most on the team...tallied a season-high two solo stops against BYU...assisted on four blocks and added a solo stop for a second-best five total blocks against Akron...shared a part of the team lead in blocks during eight matches...also added 10 assists and 44 digs...collected a career-best eight digs against Kent State...named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team...earned MWC Scholar-Athlete distinction...named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Third-Team.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2007): Played in 100 games...that tied for the team lead regarding the number of games played... started 30 of 31 matches...was one the only freshman in the starting rotation during the season opener...posted the best overall hitting percentage (.210) for the season...moved into seventh-place on the program's Division I single-season list with 63 assisted blocks...produced multiple solo blocks in two matches against San Diego State...recorded a season-high seven assisted stops against BYU...that was the second-highest single-match total of the season...led the team in blocking during 15 matches...accounted for at least two blocks in 11 consecutive matches and 14 of the first 15...accounted for 188 kills...produced four double-digit kill performances, including a career-best 23 against North Carolina A&T...that mark was the second-best output on the team...surpassed the 10-kill plateau against Prairie View (16) and during both matches with Chicago State (14, 12)...led the team in kills during five matches...led the team in hitting percentage during nine matches, highlighted by a .474 average against NCAT...recorded kills on five of six attempts (no errors) against Wyoming and on three of four attempts (no errors) against Texas Southern...also added six assists and 24 digs...recorded a personal-best four digs against San Diego State...named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team...earned MWC Scholar-Athlete honors...shared the team's Rookie of the Year award.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Woodland Park High School...four-year letterwinner in volleyball...coached by Vickie Cusimano...broke the school's single-season kill record as a senior...earned all-conference first-team honors as a senior...two-time all-conference second-team honoree...two-time academic all-state first-team selection...named MVP as a senior...selected as the top All-Around Player as a junior...also lettered four years in basketball...two-time academic all-state honoree...earned all-conference first-team honors as a senior...Steamboat Springs Shootout all-tournament team member...CHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award winner...U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award winner...named Masonic Lodge Junior of the Year...earned four academic letters...named Rotary's Outstanding Student in mathematics...member of the National Honor Society and the National Senior BETA Club...featured in the "Who's Who Among American High School Students".

    CLUB TEAM: Played for Colorado Springs Altitude Volleyball Club...coached by Wayne Wetherby...qualified for the Junior Nationals (American Division)...earned two top-10 finishes at junior national qualifiers...runner-up at the Rocky Mountain Region Qualifier...selected as an All-Star at the Rocky Mountain Region Qualifier...also played for the Pikes Peak Volleyball Club...coached by Glen Stull.

    PERSONAL: Daughter of Todd and Leslie Stilwell...has a twin sister, Cydnee...majoring in mathematics, while earning a minor in Russian...future plans include becoming a pilot...has served as BCT Element NCO, Flight NCO, Administrative Squadron Commander and Flight Commander...hobbies include hanging out with friends and spending time outdoors...spent the spring semester of junior year (123 days) in the Ukraine, as a part of the Academy's Semester Abroad Program...favorite teacher and academic advisor is Dr. Herzinger...spent the summer taking an academic class, serving as an Administrative Squadron Commander and spending time in California with sister, Cyndee...member of Cadet Squadron 18.

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