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#9 Meghan Niski
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 5'11"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: St. Charles, Ill.
High School: St. Charles East
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As a sophomore:

  • Preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention
  • Started all 28 matches and played in all 111 sets for JMU
  • Finished second on the team with 329 digs and third on the squad with 220 kills, adding 35 blocks, eight service aces and 24 assists.
  • Had a season-high 16 kills in a win over Campbell
  • Tied her career-high with 18 digs three times during the season
  • Set a career-high with five blocks in a come-from-behind win over Marshall

 As a freshman:

  • CAA All-Rookie Team
  • Started all 29 matches, finishing fourth on the team in kills (246) and third in digs (269)
  • Led all rookies in the CAA in kills and was third in digs
  • Two-time CAA Rookie of the Week (Aug. 27, Nov. 12)
  • Recorded career-high in kills (17) and points (17.5) against Northeastern
  • Collected 10 kills and a team-high 14 digs in her collegiate debut against Appalachian State
  • Double-digit digs in 14 matches, including a season-high 18 digs against George Mason

Before JMU:

  • AVCA/Under Armour All-America Honorable Mention and Fifth Team Academic All-America
  • PrepVolleyball.com All-American
  • Two-time Chicago Tribune All-State
  • Chicago Sun-Times All-Area team selection
  • Illinois State Scholar and Kane County Chronicle Player of the Year
  • Finished her career at St. Charles East with 1,277 kills, 702 digs, 123 blocks and 135 aces
  • Helped lead the Fighting Saints to the final 16 in the state tournament all four years, including a state championship in 2008
  • Four-time Upstate Eight All-Conference selection (two-time unanimous selection)

Personal:

  • Daughter of Michael and Maureen Niski
  • Her sister, Caroline Niski, was a two-year letterwinner at the University of Maryland in volleyball
  • Played her club volleyball for Club Fusion from 2008-12
  • Enjoys listening to music, skiing and fishing
Seasonsp-mpkk/setapctaa/ssasa/sse
2012 106-29 246 2.32 109 779 .176 15 0.14 8 0.08 24
2013 111-28 220 1.98 99 738 .164 24 0.22 8 0.07 20
TOTAL 217-57 466 2.15 208 1517 .170 39 0.18 16 0.07 44
 
Seasondigd/srebsbatbb/sbebhepointspts/s
2012 269 2.54 14 1 24 25 0.24 3 2 267.0 2.52
2013 329 2.96 52 0 35 35 0.32 11 0 245.5 2.21
TOTAL 598 2.76 66 1 59 60 0.28 14 2 512.5 2.36

What do you love most about JMU?
The friendly environment of the students and staff, as well as the amazingly beautiful campus!

What is your major/minor?

Business Marketing Major

What is your favorite …
Food: Sushi
Movie: Napoleon Dynamite
TV Show: Friends
Song: Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show
Athlete: Patches O’Houlihan
Holiday: Christmas

What are your favorite hobbies away from volleyball?
Walking my dog, rollerblading, and bracelet making

What is your favorite memory of JMU volleyball?
Being down 0-2, and coming back to beat Northeastern in the CAA Tournament my freshman year

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Never settle for anything less than your best”

What is one thing everyone at JMU should do before graduating?
Eat the Magic Bars at D-Hall

What is your dream vacation location?
Greece

If not volleyball, what other sport would you want to play at JMU?
Soccer

If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, who would they be?
My Dad, Mom, and sister Caroline