Casale appeared in three sets over three matches as a junior ... recorded one assist and one dig at CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 9 and one assist versus Penn on Sept. 17, also playing a set against Stanford on Oct. 9.
Played in one set as a sophomore, recording one dig against Fordham on Sept. 19.
Appeared in five matches and seven sets in her freshman season ... played all three sets at Arizona State on Oct. 18 and recorded her first career service ace ... posted her first dig at home against the Sun Devils on Nov. 14.
FULLERTON UNION HIGH SCHOOL
Casale was a two-sport athlete at Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, Calif. ... played four years of volleyball at outside hitter ... earned All-Freeway League honors each year ... named team MVP as a senior and Best Defensive Player as a junior ... chosen for the North/South All-County All-Star Game ... named team captain her last three years ... received the captain's award in 2005 ... helped the Indians to an undefeated Freeway League season as a freshman ... coached by Wendy Vrolyk ... named Best Defensive Player with the Youth High Performance Team in 2006, helping her team to an undefeated record ... was also a midfielder in soccer for two seasons, earning all-league accolades in 2006 ... played club with TCA, placing fifth at the 2007 Junior Olympic Open and first in the 2008 JO Open.
Born Nicolette Medora Casale in Anaheim, Calif. on Feb. 22, 1990 ... parents are Julie and Joseph Casale ... has three sisters, Bridgette, Meghan and Shannon ... No. 1 reason for competing in volleyball is because of her love for the game and the feeling of working hard as an individual and team to achieve greatness ... hobbies include doing anything active like surfing, snowboarding and riding bikes ... biggest athletic thrill to date was scoring a touchdown during a powder puff football game ... chose UCLA because of the tradition of the school and its tremendous academics and athletics ... favorites include the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance", eating sushi, tennis player Andre Agassi and the Los Angeles Lakers ... majoring in psychology.
Nikki Casale's Career Statistics
Nikki Casale's Match Highs
|ASSISTS||1, at CSU Bakersfield (9/9/10)
1, vs. Penn (9/17/10)
|SERVICE ACES||1, at Arizona State (10/18/08)||DIGS||1, at Arizona State (10/18/08)
1, vs. Fordham (9/19/09)
1, at CSU Bakersfield (9/9/10)
|POINTS||1, at Arizona State (10/18/08)|