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#8 Caroline Niski
Position: DS/Libero
Height: 5'10"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: St. Charles, Illinois
High School: St. Charles East HS
Club: Fusion

As a Sophomore (2011): Played in all 32 matches as a defensive specialist...finished the season with 10 digs in a win over Boston College (11/23)...recorded 13 digs against Duke (11/18)...had 12 digs at Virginia (11/12)...contributed 10 digs against Duke (10/15)...finished with 10 digs against Georgia Tech (10/7) and Clemson (10/8)...tallied 12 digs against Virginia Tech (10/2)...career-high 19 digs against Virginia (9/30)...finished with 12 digs against Delaware (9/10)...tallied 11 digs against Sacred Heart (9/10)...set a career high with 15 digs against Yale (9/9)...nine digs against No. 24 Tennessee(8/27)...added 12 digs against Ohio (8/27)...contributed 11 digs against Villanova (8/26).

As a Freshman (2010): Recorded first career service ace against Long Island (9/18)...played in first collegiate match against Fordham (9/3).

Before Maryland: Led team to state title in 2008, earning Most Valuable Player honors...three-time All-Conference (2007, 2008, 2009), including unanimous selection in 2009...three-time Academic All-Conference (2007, 2008, 2009)...Chicago Tribune All-State Second Team (2009)...Chicago Sun Times All-State Second Team (2009)...three-time All-State Top 100 (2007, 2008, 2009)...2008 All-Area...Chicago Tribune Triblocal Athlete of the Month (October 2008)...ESPN National Athlete of the Week (Nov. 19, 2008)...led team in kills in 2008...Special Mention All-Area (2007)...three-time Human Relations Award recipient (2008, 2009, 2010)...played four years with Club Fusion...as a junior placed 11th in 18-Open Division at Nationals...was captain sophomore year, placed 13th in Open at Junior Olympics...placed fifth at 2007 Junior Olympics.

Personal: Full name is Caroline Casserly Niski...daughter of Michael and Maureen Niski...played with club team Club Fusion...has one sister, Meghan...hometown is St. Charles, Ill....plans on majoring in Business Marketing.

NISKI'S CAREER STATISTICS

NISKI'S CAREER HIGHS

Career
Digs19, vs. Virginia (9/30/11)

Getting to know Caroline

Most interesting thing I have done or accomplished:
Skied down an Olympic run in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Before every match I ...
Visualize the court.

Biggest sports thrill:
Winning!

Favorite pregame meal:
Turkey sandwich from my favorite café restaurant.

This summer I especially worked on:
Lifting and becoming stronger.

If I could play another sport at Maryland, it would be:
Lacrosse.

Sports hero:
Walter Payton

Non-sports hero:
Jacqueline Kennedy

Playing sports as a kid I pretended to be:
Mia Hamm.

Reason I came to Maryland:
The impressive facilities, beautiful campus and awesome coaches.

Career plans:
Work in the world of sports marketing.

Hobbies:
Cooking and sleeping.

Craziest ambition:
Travel the world.

Superstitions:
Before every match I eat sour candy.

My advice to younger players:
Always give 110%.


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