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
- 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)
- 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
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 …
Movie: Napoleon Dynamite
TV Show: Friends
Song: Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show
Athlete: Patches O’Houlihan
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?
If not volleyball, what other sport would you want to play at JMU?
If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, who would they be?
My Dad, Mom, and sister Caroline