10  Melissa Nance
Melissa Nance

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Frankfort, Ind.

High School:
Clinton Prairie HS

Height:
6-2

Position:
Middle Hitter

Birthdate:
03/09/1985

Experience:
3L


A team co-captain along with libero Christen Clayton...Played multiple positions last year after seeing time primarily at middle blocker in her first two seasons...One of the Tigers' most consistent performers...Fifth on Memphis' all-time attack percentage list with a .261 career clip.

Junior (2005)
Finished second with a .250 percentage and 46 service aces...Was seventh in C-USA in aces...Tied for 10th all-time at Memphis with 143 career aces...Was fourth on the team with 255 kills...Posted match highs in kills twice and led Memphis in kills in three matches...Currently ranked 11th all-time with 215 block assists...Made 96 total blocks as a junior (15 solos, 81assists)...Notched 10 or more kills eight times, including a career-high 17 kills and 8.0 total blocks vs. Louisiana Tech (9/10/05)...Named to the Mercer Bear Brawl All-Tournament team...Posted 142 digs on the season...Made a career-best 14 digs in a five-game loss at Tulsa (10/21/05)...Downed 16 kills and added a career-high 9.0 blocks and five service aces vs. UNC-Asheville (9/9/05)...Hit a blistering .526 with 13 kills in a sweep of Ole Miss (10/26/05).

Sophomore (2004)
Team captain...One of the team's most consistent performers...Had a solid sophomore season in which she finished second on the team in hitting (.286), service aces (52) and total blocks (72; 8 BS, 64 BA)...Her .286 attack percentage is ninth on the single-season chart...Finished third on the squad with a career-best 306 kills (2.43 k/g) in 126 games...Started 33 of the 36 matches she played in...Also showed defensive strength with 70 digs from her middle blocker position...Earned All-Tournament recognition after helping lead the Tigers to four-straight shutouts en route to claiming the U of M Invitational title...Posted a team-best .625 hitting percentage against Illinois-Chicago with 12 kills and just a pair of miscues in 16 swings...Had 10 or more kills in 12 matches, including slamming a season-high 16 kills against Ole Miss (10/19/04) and then again against TCU (11/21/04) in the C-USA Tournament... Downed at least 10 kills and hit .300 or better eight times...Served up six aces versus Delaware State (9/4/04)...Tied a season-high with six digs against Cincinnati (10/22/04).

Freshman (2003)
Started all 36 matches and played in all but six games...Finished with 202 kills, which was fifth on the team...Was also third on the team with 81 total blocks, including 11 solos...Started her college career with a bang, downing 11 kills against UALR in the season opener...Only cleared double-digit kills one more time when she had 12 at Tulane in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament...Changed her serve in the middle of the season, which propelled her to 45 aces (second on the team).

At Clinton Prairie High School
Played volleyball under head coach Connie Garrett at Clinton Prairie High School...A four-year letterwinner in volleyball, softball and basketball...Was a member of the 2002 Class A softball state championship team...In that championship game, pitched a one-hitter, striking out seven while walking three and driving in the game-winning run with a double...Helped her volleyball squad to a 25-10 record as a senior...Was named a 2002 J&C all-area and all-county honoree...Was also a 2000 all-state volleyball honoree...A member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Pep Club, Letterman's Club and Honor Roll.

Personal
Full name is Melissa Lou-Ann Nance... Daughter of Rick and Marsha Nance... Born on March 9, 1985...Majoring in Integrative Studies, with a concentration in Early and Middle Grades.

Nance's Career Highs
Kills:	         17 vs. La. Tech (9.10.05)
Total Attempts:	43 vs. La. Tech (9.10.05)
Assists:         5 vs. Duquesne (9.16.05)
Service Aces:	7 vs. CBU (10.14.04)
Digs:	         14 at Tulsa (10.21.05)
Total Blocks:	9.0 vs. UNC-Asheville (9.9.05)
Block Solos:	3, twice, last vs. ECU (10.14.05)
Block Assists:	7, three times, last at UAB (10.9.05)

2005 Match Highs Kills: 17 vs. La. Tech (9.10.05) Total Attempts: 43 vs. La. Tech (9.10.05) Assists: 5 vs. Duquesne (9.16.05) Service Aces: 5 vs. UNC-Asheville (9.9.05) Digs: 14 at Tulsa (10.21.05) Total Blocks: 9.0 vs. UNC-Asheville (9.9.05) Block Solos: 3 vs. ECU (10.14.05) Block Assists: 7, three times, last at UAB (10.9.05)

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