HONORS AND AWARDS
USA Volleyball A2 National Team
Baylor 25th Anniversary Team
Co-MVP -- Baylor Classic
All-Tournament -- Rhode Island Classic
First-Team AVCA all-Central Region
First-Team all-Big 12 Conference
Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic MVP
Baylor Classic MVP
AVCA Freshman all-America
AVCA Central Region Freshman of the Year
Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year
First-Team all-Big 12 Conference
Crowne Plaza Invitational MVP
Starwoods Plaza all-Tournament
Baylor Classic all-Tournament
Career at Baylor - Fifth all-time in attacking percentage at .258 ... Fourth all-time with 1,428 kills ... 42 double-doubles ... 69 matches with at least 10 kills ... 34 matches with at least 20 kills ... Owns school record with eight 30-kill matches ... 43 matches with at least 10 digs ... Two matches with at least 20 digs.
2002 (Junior) - Missed majority of season due to medial-meniscus tear in right knee sustained Oct. 18 against Colorado ... Injury cut short one of finest offensive seasons in Big 12 history ... Hit .251 with 5.45 kills, 0.95 service aces, 2.83 digs, 0.73 blocks and 6.81 points per game in 11 matches ... Earned all-tournament honors at the Rhode Island Classic and at the Baylor Classic ... Named co-MVP of the Baylor Classic ... Led Big 12 in kills, service aces and points per game at time of injury ... Still tied for eighth in conference in total service aces ... Posted six double-doubles, seven matches with at least 20.0 points and three matches with at least 30.0 points ... Reached double figures in kills in all 11 matches played, tallying 20 or more kills six times and 30 or more kills once ... Tallied 41 kills, seven service aces, 21 digs, six blocks and 51.5 points in two Big 12 matches ... Started season with 30 kills, five service aces, five digs, three blocks and 36.5 points while hitting .300 Aug. 30 against Oral Roberts ... Followed that with 23 kills, two service aces, 11 digs, three blocks and 27.0 points with a .312 attacking percentage the next day against Loyola-Chicago ... Came one service ace shy of school record Sept. 6 against Arkansas-Little Rock, tallying a career-best eight ... That service ace total was best in Big 12 ... Had 23 kills, three service aces, 13 digs, four blocks and 28.5 points the following day against Texas-Arlington ... Hit .333 with 17 kills and 10 digs Sept. 13 at Rhode Island ... Pounded Northeastern with a .372 attacking percentage, 22 kills, four service aces, nine digs, three blocks and 27.5 points the next day ... Tallied 24 kills, six service aces, 12 digs and 31.0 points later that day against Utah State ... Hit .280 with 24 kills, five service aces, 12 digs, three blocks and 31.0 points Sept. 18 against Colorado ... Playing injured, posted 17 kills, two service aces, nine digs, three blocks and 20.5 points Sept. 21 against Kansas State in final outing of the season.
2001 (Sophomore) - Earned first-team AVCA all-Central Region honors and first-team all-Big 12 Conference honors ... Became just third two-time first-team all-conference honoree in Baylor history and the first to achieve first-team all-conference honors in each of her first two seasons ... Selected MVP at NOKIA Sugar Bowl Classic and at Baylor Classic ... Led team and Big 12 with 5.33 kills per game, second in Baylor history ... Average ranked sixth nationally ... Also led Big 12 with 5.32 kills per game in conference matches ... Finished season with 597 kills, tops in conference and fourth in school history ... Had 10 or more kills in 28 of 30 matches, including all 20 conference matches ... Reached 20-kill plateau in 13 matches, most of any player in the Big 12 ... One of only five players nationally to reach 30 kills in a match more than twice, doing so three times ... Season high for kills came Oct. 20 at Kansas, tying school record with 36 kills ... Had 10 or more digs in 19 matches, including a season-high 19 Oct. 6 at Missouri ... Had at least one block in 27 of 30 matches, including a span of 20 straight matches from Sept. 22 to Nov. 24 ... Posted a season high and tied career best with six blocks Oct. 31 at Colorado ... Tallied at least 10.0 points in all 30 matches, including a season- and career-high of 42.0 points Oct. 22 at Kansas ... Totaled 20 or more points in 19 matches and 30 or more points in six matches ... Led Baylor and finished second in the Big 12 with a school-record 0.53 service aces per game ... Tied for Big 12 lead with 0.46 service aces per game in conference matches ... Finished year with 59 service aces, second in league standings and second in school history ... Had at least one service ace in 25 of 30 matches, including each of the season's first 10 matches ... Established a career best with seven service aces Sept. 22 against Colorado ... Also had five service aces Aug. 31 against UNLV and Nov. 7 at Oklahoma ... Finished second on team with 339 digs for an average of 3.03 per game ... Led team and Big 12 with 692.5 points on the season and an average of 6.18 points per game ...Highest attacking percentage in a match with at least 30 attempts was .405 (36-4-79) Oct. 22 at Kansas ... Established school record for highest attacking percentage in a match with at least 60 attempts in that match ... Also had four service aces, 16 digs and three blocks in that match ... Led team with 18 double-doubles ... Hit .365 (27-8-52) with two service aces and 12 digs Sept. 1 at Tulane ... Hit .448 (18-5-29) with nine digs and four blocks Sept. 7 against Rhode Island ... Blistered Cal Poly for a .314 attacking percentage (24-8-51) to go along with four service aces, 14 digs and three blocks Sept. 8 ... Hit .333 (32-8-72) with eight digs and four blocks Oct. 27 against Texas ... That match started a streak of four consecutive matches with at least 20 kills ... Averaged 5.94 kills per game in that stretch ... Attacked at a .379 rate (28-6-58) Oct. 31 at Colorado with 18 digs and six blocks ... Followed that with .327 night (26-9-52) Nov. 3 against Texas A&M ... Finished season with three straight 20-kill matches, beginning with a 27-kill, 16-dig performance Nov. 21 at Texas Tech ... Pounded 32 kills with only nine errors (.343) to go along with two service aces, 13 digs and four blocks Nov. 24 against Missouri ... Pounded 26 kills and hit .360 (26-8-50) with three service aces Nov. 30 at Colorado State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... First-team Academic all-Big 12 selection.
2000 (Freshman) - Produced the most outstanding freshman season in school history, breaking five school records and tying two others ... Also established 15 school freshman records ... Named AVCA Central Region Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year ... Selected first-team all-Big 12 Conference, the first freshman in school history to earch all-conference honors ... Finished season ranked seventh nationally and first in the Big 12 with a school-record 5.68 kills per game ... 613 total kills ranked third in school history, seven shy of the record ... Also established school records for kills in a conference season (421), consecutive double-digit kill matches to begin a career (16), consecutive 20-kill matches (six) and matches in a season with at least 20 kills (13) ... Also tied school marks for consecutive 30-kill matches (two) and 30-kill matches in a season (four) ... Along with freshman records in each of those categories, also set such marks for digs (354), digs per game (3.28), digs in a conference season (248), consecutive matches with at least 10 kills (16), consecutive matches with at least 20 kills (six), conseuctive matches with at least 30 kills (two), kills in a match (35), kills in a four-game match (32), digs in a match (29), total matches with at least 10 kills (30), total matches with at least 20 kills (14) and total matches with at least 30 kills (four) ... Contributed 31.6 percent of team's kills, 23.1 percent of team's solo blocks and 19.2 percent of team's digs ... Put down 317 more kills than any other freshman in the nation ... Only freshman in the nation to average at least 4.00 kills and 2.00 digs per game ... Finished season eighth in Big 12 with 3.28 digs per game ... Was ninth in the conference in that category for Big 12 matches, averaging 3.31 per contest ... Collected at least 10 kills in all but one match, including each of first 16 matches ... Only eventual national champion Nebraska held her under 10 ... Earned all-tournament honors at all three regular season tournaments -- Crowne Plaza Invitational, Starwoods Plaza Classic and Baylor Thanksgiving Classic ... Named MVP at Crowne Plaza Invitational after amassing 69 kills and 12 blocks with 5.75 kills per game and a .379 attacking percentage ... Hit .433 (16-3-30) in first collegiate match ... First-career double-double came in second match with 17 kills and 17 digs to go along with a .343 attacking percentage Sept. 1 against Louisiana Tech ... Hit .522 (19-3-29) with four blocks Sept. 2 against Texas-Pan American ... Pounded 12 kills and a .346 attacking percentage with 11 digs Sept. 6 against Southern Methodist ... Reached 20-kill plateau earlier than any player in school history, putting down 20 in three games with 12 digs Sept. 8 against Santa Clara ... Again reached 20 kills the following day and hit .400 (20-6-35) with 10 digs and four blocks against New Mexico State ... That match started a school-record string of six consecutive 20-kill matches ... Hit. 364 with 25 kills and 19 digs in four games Sept. 13 against Texas Tech ... Tallied 22 kills and hit at a .372 rate in three games Sept. 16 at Kansas State ... Named Big 12 Player of the Week after those two outings, the first freshman in school history to be so honored ... Had 24 kills and 20 digs for first-career 20-20 match Sept. 20 against Texas ... Became just the second freshman in school history to reach 30-kill plateau with 34 kills, fifth in school history, Sept. 23 at Missouri ... Put down 25 kills with 13 digs Sept. 27 against Kansas ... Streak ended Sept. 30 against Oklahoma, but still managed 17 kills in three games while hitting .350 ... Picked back up Oct. 4 at Colorado with 22 kills against only four errors in 45 attempts (.400), nine digs and three blocks in three games ... Had 23 kills in four games with 15 digs Oct. 7 against Texas A&M ... Hit .406 with 19 kills in three games Oct. 17 against Texas Christian ... Became the first freshman in school history to post two 30-kill matches Oct. 21 at Texas Tech, putting down 30 with a Baylor freshman-record 29 digs, one shy of becoming the first 30-30 player in school history ... Also had season-high tying three service aces against the Red Raiders ... Matched Kia Young as the only players in school history to post back-to-back 30-kill matches four nights later, pounding Kansas State for 35 kills, tied for third all-time at Baylor, and a .400 attacking percentage to go along with 19 digs ... Produced 11 errorless kills in the fourth game ... Had 20 kills and 10 digs Oct. 27 at Texas ... Again reached 30-kill plateau, this time in four games, Nov. 8 at Oklahoma with 32 and a .338 attacking percentage ... Was error-free in second and fourth games ... Pounded Nevada-Las Vegas for 23 kills, a .327 attacking percentage and 16 digs Nov. 24 ... Tallied 16 kills, 10 digs and matched season high with three service aces Nov. 25 against UCLA.
High School - Selected to the Fab 50 Team by Volleyball Magazine as a senior ... Four-time letterwinner at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, Calif. ... First-team all-league selection in 1997, 1998 and 1999 ... Also lettered in track, in which she was a 1997, 1998 and 2000 league champion in the high jump ... 1998 state runner-up in the high jump and California Interscholastic Federation champion ... Member of the 1998 and 1999 USA Volleyball Youth National teams ... 1998 gold medal winner ... 1999 Junior Olympic Tournament finalist, earning all-tournament honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000 ... Freeway League Athlete of the Year in 2000.
Personal - Full name is Stephani Blair Nicholas ... Born March 21, 1982 in Fullerton, Calif. ... Daughter of Steve and DeAnne Nicholas ... Father wrestled at Oregon State and mother competed in high jump at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany ... Has two older sisters, Lauren and Sunny ... Sister Sunny played volleyball at Baylor from 1998 to 2001 and, like Stevie, was named to the 25th Anniversary Team ... Chose Baylor over Long Beach State, Penn State, Southern California and UCLA ... Majoring in business ... Favorite thing about Baylor is that "everyone is so nice" ... Craziest ambition is to be the marketing director for an NFL team ... Says three words that describe her are "crazy, crazy, crazy" ... After graduation, would like to get her MBA and work in marketing.