Excel NW 16 Team Rox Nicole Peterson’s Pushes for a Bid to National’s

Posted on 24 April 2014

With a mental toughness unlike any other 16 year old combined with great ball control, Nicole Peterson is a volleyball standout for her Excel Northwest Volleyball Team. She plays for Excel NW 16 Team Rox and they recently competed in the Colorado Crossroads Volleyball Tournament taking home 3rd place in the 16-open Division, snagging a bid to Nationals!

If that wasn’t cool enough, Nicole was ecstatic when she was notified that she made the Colorado Crossroads Dream Team as its youngest member. She was selected merely on “winning her team to bid” as an outstanding setter. Grabbing everyone’s attention with her high level of communication and her drive to win, Nicole prides herself on being “smart on the court”. We never would have expected that answer from a 16 year old!  Impressive!

Coach Lisa Van Sickle says, “She can will herself and the team to do what it takes to win. She loves to win and compete.  I think her desire, passion and volleyball IQ sets her apart from the rest.  She has a lot of power and uses it to her advantage. If I had to describe her in one word it would be "Mentally Tuff". She does not stress when we are behind, it’s as if she knows we are going to win.  We depend on her a lot, as her game is complete.  She does everything for us.  She sets, hits outside and leads our team in digs.  She is the total package any coach would want on their team.” Recently verbally committing to play sand and indoor volleyball at the University of San Francisco, Nicole has so much to look forward to. Rox Volleyball is so proud of you Nicole. Keep up the great work!   

Hometown: Portland, OR
Favorite thing about volleyball: I love the intensity and team aspect of the game and I also love to win.
Game-day Fuel: Water
Lucky Charm: “My mom always wear a charm bracelet that I have had for a long time and we still add charms to it.”
Hobbies: Besides volleyball, tennis

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