Blue Hens Add Another to the 2011 Volleyball Recruiting Class; Sign Middle Hitter Nikki Gomes
June 1, 2011
NEWARK, Del. - - Already securing three standout high school student-athletes for the upcoming 2011 season, University of Delaware volleyball head coach Bonnie Kenny wasn’t done and announced that the Blue Hens will also add Nikki Gomes to this year’s recruiting class.
Gomes, a 6-2 middle hitter from Framingham, Mass., will join the Blue Hens this fall after an outstanding three-year career on Framingham High School varsity’s team.
As a senior, Gomes was named the Flyers’ team Most Valuable Player and also was a First Team Bay State – Carey Conference All-Star for her performance in the fall of 2010. She led her team to an 8-9 overall record, and a fourth place finish in the conference.
“Nikki is an athletic, young volleyball player with lots of untapped talent,” Kenny, the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Co-Coach of the Year, said. “I have high hopes for her as she develops physically and improves her volleyball IQ. She is a terrific addition to our incoming freshman class.”
Even with her impressive performances on the court, her academic resume comes highly regarded. Gomes was the 2011 Class Valedictorian at Framingham, graduating with honors in all five (math, science, social science/history, world language and English) academic areas. She is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and a Junior Class officer.
With that complete background, Gomes has been awarded one of Delaware’s prestigious Eugene DuPont Memorial Distinguished Scholar Award. The merit based full scholarship is only given to 10-12 incoming students and will continue through her four-year educational career.
In addition to her standout career on the court, Gomes also performed tremendously on the track. She was a four-year varsity track and field athlete, competing in the long and triple jump events. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a junior.
Gomes plans on majoring in exercise science starting in the fall.
The Blue Hens finished 26-6 overall and in first place in the CAA (13-1). They earned the right to host the CAA Tournament, and came back to defeat third-seeded Northeastern, 3-2, to earn the conferences automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Hen’s season came to a close with a NCAA First Round loss to Virginia Tech.
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