What I do to relax away from volleyball:
Paint pottery with Nicole! Its our secret getaway
Favorite Illinois volleyball memory: Lots. However, just playing at Huff Hall is a great memory everytime.
Favorite professional sports team:
Penn Station or Houlihans
Nickname: Ky, Karen or Weezy
Career Plans: Become an elementary teacher and coach high school volleyball
Favorite Food: If ketchup was a food it would be that but if not then I'd say grilled chicken
Favorite TV Show:
Extreme Makeover Home Edition
Favorite musical group: Mariah Carey
Favorite Movie: Stepmom
What I like most about being a Fighting Illini:
Being a role model for so many young girls!
My dream job would be: A marine biologist
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why? Australia because it just seems like a cool place to go!
Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours. My socks can never match. I always have 2 different ones on!
If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you? It would be about a girl who grew up in the country and raised goats for a living who knows nothing about the big suburbs life. HaHa. That's probably what my teamates would say about me anyway, they think it's funny.
If you could have a t-shirt printed with a message, what would it be? Live. Laugh. Love.
One thing most people don't know about you:
I'm left-handed when I write and eat but right handed when I play volleyball
Earned Academic All-Big Ten
Surpassed the 1,000-kill mark for her career with 14 kills at Minnesota on Nov. 28. Finishes her career with 1,051
Named to the All-Tournament Team at the State Farm Illini Classic after posting a pair of double-doubles -- 13 kills (.379) and 12 digs vs. Illinois State and 10 kills and 16 digs vs. Saint Louis
Had 16 double-digit kills matches, including back-to-back matches with 22 and 20 kills vs. Michigan and Purdue
Ranked 10th in the Big Ten in kills per set during conference matches (3.14)
Led the Illini in kills at Michigan and tied a career-high with 22 kills at Michigan on Oct. 3. Had five kills and hit .556 in the deciding fifth set.
Tallied 61 kills combined in the three matches from Oct. 2-9 -- 19 vs. Michigan State, 2 vs. Michigan and 20 vs. Purdue
Hit .308 with 16 kills at Wisconsin
Hit .364 with 16 kills and 10 digs at Indiana
Tallied 15 kills and 14 digs at Ohio State on Nov. 15
Had 17 kills, including five in the first set, in a four-set win over Dayton in the NCAA Second Round
Latest addition to the Illini's 20-20 club with 22 kills and 22 digs vs. Minnesota, just the third Illini to accomplish that feat since 1996. Starting as a pass hitter alongside Laura DeBruler Tallied 34 kills and 17 digs in three NCAA matches Hit team best .333 vs. California in the NCAA Regional Semifinal
Named to the All-Tournament Team at the State Farm Illini Classic after amassing 28 kills and 31 digs in the tournament Hit a season-best .542 with 14 kills in a three-set victory over Michigan State on Oct. 24 Totaled 17 kills vs. William & Mary Had 43 kills at the Tennessee Comcast Classic Had seven double-doubles on the season, including 15 kills and 13 digs in the victory over Ohio State Earned Daily Illini Athlete of the Week after posting nine kills and hitting .381 against no. 1 Penn State Hit over .300 in three matches from Sept. 27-Oct. 4, totaling 24 kills and combining for a .364 hitting percentage Player of the match vs. Purdue on Nov. 19 after leading the team with 18 kills Matched her season-best hitting percentage (.542) in the final regular season match with 16 kills in a three-set victory over Northwestern on Nov. 29 Had 43 blocks for the season, including a career-best six in a victory over Purdue on Nov. 19.
Battling injury throughout the season, first recovering from an abdominal strain and then a foot injury
Hit .478 with 13 kills vs. IPFW then had 18 kills in five games against Dayton
Missed 14 matches from Sept. 1-Oct. 26
Returned to the starting lineup to send down 21 killsl in two matches, including 12 against Purdue
Has continued to return to form with 17 kills against Northwestern
Had 21 kills, including 13 combined in the first two games in near upset of Minnesota on Nov. 23
Made her first trip in the starting rotation vs. No. 2 Penn State and promptly pounded 19 kills while hitting .265. She had nine kills in 22 attacks in game three Followed that performance with career-high 22 putaways against Indiana in 54 attempts Saw action in each of the three matches at the Marquette Kick-Off Tournament, totaling three kills vs. Marquette and Ole Miss Had 20 or more kills in a match three times, including 21 against Iowa on Nov. 3 The performance vs. Iowa followed a 20-kill performance vs. Northwestern the match before Tied for team lead with 15 kills vs. Purdue.
Two-time Champaign News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year Three-time All-Okaw Valley Conference performer Received numerous all-area accolades from the Bloomington Pantagraph, the Decatur Herald & Review, and the News-Gazette Shattered Clinton High School record for career kills with 1,342, topping the old record of 896 Her 500 kills in 2004 also is a new record Playing for head coach Katie Maubach, McCulley was named to eight all-tournament teams in the three seasons Her career numbers include 1,342 kills, 263 blocks, and 527 digs Competed for the Illini Elite Club team (coached by Chris Belshe, Lane O'Conner, and Andy Erinss) Helped the Illini Elite to a third-place finish at the 17U National Division in the Junior Olympics following a fifth-place finish in the 16U division in 2004.
Born Oct. 20, 1987 Daughter of Michael and Becky McCulley Plans to major in elementary education Member of DOVE Vacation Bible School helper Enjoys hiking, swimming and working with kids Several relatives attended the U of I and her uncle, Kevin Kline, is a professor of animal sciences at Illinois.
Year MP GP K E TA Pct. A SA SE RE DIG BS BA TB BE BHE
2006 24 62 160 78 475 .173 2 9 10 14 39 6 21 27 2 1
2007 16 57 170 109 499 .122 4 3 12 8 57 0 14 14 0 1
2008 33 123 375 159 1093 .198 5 15 28 33 308 3 40 43 4 0
2009 32 113 346 133 988 .216 13 23 21 35 264 2 43 45 3 0
Total 105 355 1051 479 3055 .187 24 50 71 90 668 11 118 129 9 2
E: 11, twice, last vs. Michigan (10/3/09)
TA: 66 vs. Purdue (10/9/09)
Pct: .615 (9-1-13) vs. Iowa (11/20/09)
A: 1, 24x, last vs. Dayton (12/4/09)
SA: 3, twice, last at Michigan (10/3/09)
D: 22 at Minnesota (11/8/08)
BS: 2 vs. Penn State (11/24/06)
BA: 5, 3x, last at Wisconsin (10/23/09)
TB: 6 vs. Purdue (10/9/09)