COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head coach Adam Hughes announced the addition of transfer setter Nicole Alford to the Maryland volleyball program on Friday. Alford comes to College Park after one season at Georgia Tech, where she appeared in 21 matches and tallied 270 assists. The Annapolis, Md. native will have three years of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to play right away in the 2018 season.
"I'm excited that Nicole's coming back to represent her home state of Maryland,” said head coach Adam Hughes. “She brings with her a wealth of experience at the setting position playing for one of the top club programs in the country as well as working within the USA High Performance Pipeline. Knowing Nicole's personality and character, I know she will be a great fit for this program and I'm excited to see what she can achieve during her time here in College Park."
In her freshman campaign at Georgia Tech, Alford played on 61 sets, totaling four matches with 20-plus assists. The 6’1 setter recorded a double-double against Michigan State with 13 assists and 12 digs and recorded a career-best 29 assists in an early season meeting with Kansas State.
Alford was a three-year letterwinner at South River High School, leading the Seahawks to sectional championships from 2013-15 and a county championship in 2014. She was named the 2016 Prep Volleyball Senior Ace, ranked No. 76 in the Top 100 National College Recruit Rankings, selected to the Girls’ Junior National Championship All-American Tournament teams in both 2015 and 2016 and awarded “Best Setter” at the Capitol Hill Classic in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Alford also played for the Metro Volleyball Club of Washington, D.C, serving four seasons as captain. In 2016, she served as the starting setter for the USAV 2016 High-Performance A-1 National Training Red Team and led the team to a silver medal in the High Performance International Tournament
The incoming sophomore plans on majoring in business administration.