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Scott's last stand: Broken Bow senior prepares for final run of collegiate career
Matthew Iberg
Antelope Staff
Photo by Sanam Bhalia
Senior middle hitter Nikki Scott of Broken Bow prepares for a play against Hastings College. Scott is currently fourth in the nation in hitting percentage with .428, which is good for tops in the RMAC. Earlier this season, Scott was named the RMAC Academic Player of the Year for the second time.

UNK senior middle hitter Nikki Scott has just a few more matches to make an impression on a home crowd.

In truth, I highly doubt she needs those matches to impress her fans.

Scott, a three-time (soon to be four-time) letter winner for the fifth ranked Lopers (28-1, 17-0 RMAC) has achieved a flurry of awards throughout her career. She is a Division II All-American honorable mention, a two-time All-Regional selection, a member of the first team Academic All-RMAC, a member of the RMAC tournament team and has been named the RMAC Academic Player of the Year.

And those were just her first three years.

Already in 2009, Scott has been named to the Preseason All-Conference Team and the Academic All-Conference Team. In addition, she has again been named the Academic Player of the Year.

For Scott, this list of honors seems to have come and gone in a whirl. “My time here has been fast,” Scott said. “It feels just like yesterday I started two-a-days.”

Scott leads the conference, and is fourth in the nation in hitting percentage with a .428. Essentially, when Scott touches the ball, half of the time, the result is a kill.

She is a large reason why the Lopers will host the 2009 RMAC Championship Tournament on Nov. 13, 14 and 15.

“Getting to host the tournament is a huge advantage,” Scott said. “We have great fans, and we will have them on our side.”

“Besides,” Scott added, “the team that would have hosted is 10 hours away.”

Over the last few years, UNK has gained a reputation as a national title competitor.  

This year is no different, but it does bring an edge that has been missing in the past.

“I think we’re more experienced than we have been,” Scott said. “We all have been playing for three or four years now, and before we had to go through learning. Don’t get me wrong; we’re still working on things. But I just feel like we have a little more experience now.”

Scott will leave UNK ranked in the top 10 in career kills, the top five in hitting percentage in a career and No. 6 in blocking assists in a career.

When Scott graduates, she plans on going on to get her master’s degree in speech pathology.

Where?

“I plan on going somewhere…um…bigger,” Scott said with a slight twinkle.  “It’ll be a little different scene than here.”

But that doesn’t mean she will soon forget about her four years as a Loper.

“I’ll miss my teammates the most,” Scott said. “I think they made my experience what volleyball is all about.”

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