Truckee grad selected as Female Athlete of the Year at Illinois college
Like her Truckee Wolverines two years prior, the Kishwaukee College Kougars are going to miss what Nikki Schneider brought to the volleyball court.
Schneider, a 2009 Truckee High grad and volleyball standout, plans to take her game to the next level after being honored last week as Kishwaukee College’s Female Athlete of the Year. She will walk on at UNLV in the fall.
and#8220;She was one of the best kids I coached over the past two years, as far as being a good student-athlete and an all-around great kid,and#8221; said Steve Bailey, Schneider’s head coach at the Illinois junior college, which boasts a successful volleyball program among the NJCAA Division II ranks.
and#8220;It’s been a big pleasure coaching her,and#8221; Bailey continued. and#8220;She’s a kid I’ll definitely miss.and#8221;
Aside from excelling in the classroom, where Schneider maintained a 4.0 GPA to earn NJCAA Academic All-American honors, the 5-foot-9 outside hitter finished her two-year career third in team kills, with 405 total, and an attack percentage of .245. Her Kougars went 83-16 in that time, placing fourth in the nation in 2009 and sixth in 2010.
and#8220;She was a two-year starter for us, so she played a tremendous role in our success the past two years,and#8221; Bailey said. and#8220;She’ll be hard to replace. Thankfully I have a couple of new kids coming in, but they have big shoes to fill taking her place.and#8221;
Schneider said she enjoyed her time at Kishwaukee, which is located about 50 miles west of Chicago and 4 miles from Northern Illinois University.
and#8220;It was great. It was hard being 30 hours away from home, but you definitely grow up,and#8221; she said Thursday by phone, adding that her game improved and#8220;a lotand#8221; in her junior college career. and#8220;College is a whole nother world, even just a junior college. You just keep growing and getting better.and#8221;
Schneider, who returned home for the summer each of the past two years, said she’ll be back in Truckee in two weeks. She’ll then head down to Las Vegas later in the summer, where she’ll try to walk on with the Rebels at UNLV.
and#8220;I think she has a good chance. She’ll be a good kid for that program,and#8221; Bailey said of his former player. and#8220;She’ll be able to step in and have a big impact.and#8221;