Women's Volleyball

Nicole Kump
Nicole Kump


Joliet, Ill.

High School:
Joliet Catholic



Getting to know Nicole

Favorite athlete: David Beckham

Favorite professional sports team: Chicago Bears

What attracted you to play volleyball at Illinois? The great balance between academics and athletics.

Favorite restaurant: Ko-Fusion - must try the creamy shrimp sushi

Nickname: Kumper, Nickmoski

Career Plans: Sports Marketing

Favorite Food: Emerald's Breakfast Blend Trail Mix

Favorite TV Show: Keeping Up With the Kardashians; Cake Boss

Favorite Musical Group: Robin Thicke

Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing

My dream job would be: Being involved in sports marketing with a professional team or a makeup artist for high fashion

I chose my jersey number because: "Lucky number seven!"

If you weren't playing volleyball, which sport would you want to play? High jump, if I were a boy I would love to play football.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why? Australia because I want to say "G'day mate"

Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours. I make impressions of animal noises - I'm perfecting the whale right now!

If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you? All of my awkward and random moments and I would want Eva Mendez to play me.

If you could have a t-shirt printed with a message, what would it be? "I wish I grew up in the 80s" or "I'm Huuuuuungry!"

One thing most people don't know about you: My immediate family is shorter than me.


• Had three kills in five attacks to along with five blocks vs. Florida A&M
• Came into the match after Michelle Bartsch went down with a knee injury vs. Nebraska and tallied two blocks
• Started in place of Erin Johnson at middle blocker for seven matches from Sept. 29-Oct. 23
• Had seven kills vs. Purdue and five more vs. Indiana for 12 in the weekend of Oct. 15-16
• Tallied four kills and three blocks in the win at Wisconsin and four kills and four blocks in victory over Northwestern
• Previously had periodically come in to play right side when late in the set to provide an extra blocker when Illinois has the serve and Hillary Haen has been in the front row

• Named Academic All-Big Ten
• Appeared in 23 sets, totaling two kills in four attacks and five blocks
• Had a key block in the deciding set at Wisconsin
• Came in at match point for the setter to add a third blocker at the net.

• Shared time with Kayani Turner at the second right side hitter position at the beginning of the season
• Had five block assists vs. No. 23 New Mexico State, which tied a career-high
• Was out with a foot injury starting on Sept. 14
• Returned to the line-up for the first time in three months in the NCAA second round vs. Cincinnati, tallying a kill and a block assist.

• Opened the season as a right side hitter
• Hit .500 with five kills and five blocks vs. IPFW
• Moved to the outside for the Illini, where she continued her role in the front row with 10 kills against Iowa and five against No. 11 Minnesota
• Knocked down 10 kills against No. 2 Penn State, followed by five against Ohio State
• Posted two matches with double-digit kills, both career highs with 10 against Iowa and No. 2 Penn State.

High School
Ranked No. 78 nationally by prepvolleyball.com • Led Joliet Catholic to the state tournament for two straight years, including a fourth-place finish in 2005 and third in 2006 (37-6 record) • Named All-Area by the Joliet Herald-News and Daily Southtown • All-East Suburban Catholic Conference performer • Pre season Top 50 Player by the Chicago Tribune andChicago Sun-Times • Named Second Team All-State by Champaign News-Gazette and Chicago Tribune • Named to the all-tournament team at the prestigious Mizuno Tournament in 2005 • Earned the RJ Drakowski Leadership Award. In 2006, hit .590 with 177 kills and 124 total blocks. • Holds the school record for career blocks (210) • Coached by Christine Scheibe at JCA • Played for Sports Performance, where she hit .489 with 162 kills and 58 blocks in 2006 • Grabbed MVP honors at the Russian International Tournament, leading SPVB 18-1 to the tournament title • Sports Performance won the AAU National Title in 2005 and 2007 and placed third in 2006 • Team also won Junior Olympics National title in 2007 • Earned all-tournament honors at the Junior Olympics in 2005 • Became the first female athlete in school history to qualify for the state track meet, qualifying in the high jump in 2004.

Birthday is Sept. 18 • Daughter of Arnold and Carol Kump • Brother Matt attended Illinois • Majoring in kinesiology • Enjoys drawing, listening to music and relaxing by watching movies • Was President of Student Council, Member of the Principal's Board, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Ambassador's Club and Mu Alpha Theta • Secretary of Varsity Club • Named Rotary Club Student of the Month.

Career Statistics

	2007	21	60	61	45	195	.082	5	0	0	2	17	0	31	31	2	1
	2008	10	24	12	5	36	.194	2	0	1	0	4	0	13	13	2	0
	2009	15	23	2	0	4	.500	3	0	1	0	0	1	4	5	0	0
	2010	14	43	26	7	66	.288	4	0	1	1	11	1	35	36	4	0
	Total	60	150	101	57	301	.146	14	0	3	3	32	2	83	85	8	1

Career Highs
K: 10 at Iowa (10/12/07) TA: 26 at Iowa (10/12/07) PCT: .667 (2-0-3) vs. Southern Illinois (9/12/07) A: 4 vs. LSU (8/31/07) SA: 0 D: 3, 3x, last vs. Penn State (10/19/07) BS: 1, 2x, last at Iowa (10/23/10) BA: 7 vs. Purdue (10/15/10) TB: 7 vs. Purdue (10/15/10)