Hometown/Residence: Barrington, Ill./Barrington, Ill.
Birth Date: July 3, 1987
College/Major/Grad Year: UCLA/Sociology/2009
Joined Team: February 2008
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)...Pan American Cup (Bronze). 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Tour of Brazil. 2009 – Tour of Egypt…Pan American Cup (Fourth); FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Gold)…Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver). 2008 – Tour of China.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Played significantly at Montreux Volley Masters with 20 sets played with just one start, that in bronze-medal match against China…Averaged 1.25 digs and 0.45 points per set while turning in a .625 hitting efficiency (6-1-8)…Started one match at Pan American Cup with 15 total sets played…Tallied 10 assists versus Trinidad & Tobago on July 3 with three aces and a kill. 2010 - Started all five matches at setter during the Montreux Volley Masters, leading the Americans to the silver medal…Tallied 174 running sets (10.88 set average) during Montreux on 408 attempts leading to a 43 kill percent based on attempts…Averaged 1.50 digs to go with 11 points scored (4 kills, 2 aces, 5 blocks) in 16 sets played at the Montreux event…Tallied three kills, three blocks and an ace for seven points to go with three digs versus Japan on June 8 at Montreux…Contributed a 2.00 assist average in eight sets during the FIVB World Grand Prix in which the U.S. won the gold…Started two of four matches on Tour of Brazil. 2009 – Starting setter for U.S. Women’s National Team versus Egypt on April 10, leading Team USA to a .314 hitting efficiency and 43 kill percent…Scored six kills on 10 errorless attacks versus Egypt, in addition to one block…Started all seven matches of the Pan American Cup, playing in 28 sets…Averaged 3.60 assists, 0.65 points, 0.45 digs and 0.25 aces per set at Pan American Cup…Started versus Barbados on July 7 during FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G, producing 18 assists and two kills on two attempts…Tallied 12 assists in 12 sets during Final Four Cup in which she started one of five matches at setter…Tallied two kills and a block in a reserve role against Peru on Sept. 10…Charted nine digs in a match versus Dominican Republic on Sept. 11. 2008 – Played in four sets during an exhibition tour of China as Team USA prepared for the Olympic Games.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America First-Team selection…Finished career ranked second-all-time at UCLA with 6,000 assists and third in digs with 1,299. 2008 – Named AVCA All-America First-Team…Led Bruins to NCAA Sweet 16 appearance with a 22-11 record…Set UCLA to a .238 team attack percentage while averaging 10.77 assists per set…Added 136 kills (1.12 per set), 297 digs (2.45 per set) and 72 blocks (0.60 per set). 2007 – Named AVCA All-America First-Team…Ranked 25th in the nation in assist average (12.92) and fourth on the team in digs with 3.07 per set…Added 91 total blocks and 21 aces to rank fourth on the team. 2006 – Earned AVCA All-America First-Team while setting 1,721 assists, the third highest single-season total in school history…Averaged 13.66 assists per set, along with averages of 1.13 kills, 2.52 digs and 0.74 blocks…Set senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether to the nation’s best hitting percentage. 2005 – Averaged 12.62 assists per set while playing 113 games for the Bruins as a freshman…Added 0.96 kills, 0.67 blocks, 0.28 aces and 2.80 digs per set…Selected All-Pac-10.
OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: 2005 – Participated on the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship. 2004 – Helped the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team to the gold medal at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship. 2000 – Began playing club volleyball for Sports Performance.
CLUB/PREP CAREER: Selected most valuable player of the 2005 USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships in the Under 18 Open Division, which her team Sports Performance won…Named all-tournament at the USA Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004...Selected AAU All-American four times…Four-year letterwinner at Barrington High School in Illinois…Named to Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50 and was one of the Top 10 high school seniors according to PrepVolleyball.com…Recipient of the 2005 Andi Collins Award given to the best senior setter in the country by PrepVolleyball.com…Named first-team all-State in 2002 and 2003…Holds Illinois state high school record for most aces in a season with 106.
PERSONAL: Born Mary Nelson Spicer on July 3, 1987, in Barrington, Ill…Parents are Barbara and Thomas Spicer…Brothers are Tommy (1981), Matt and Charlie (1987)…Sisters are Megan (1977), Betsy (1979) and Annie (1983). Twin brother is Charlie…Sister Betsy played for Grand Rapids in the USPV…Graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology in 2009…Graduated from Barrington High School in 2005…Hobbies are movies, eating, dancing, reading and being with her family…Favorite food is Mexican…Favorite Books are Angels & Demons and Without Remorse…Favorite musical category is alternative…Favorite musical group/performer is The New Pornographers and Tyrone Wells…Favorite Athlete is Wade Brookbank-Rockford Icehogs…Favorite Movies are Gone Baby Gone, Love Actually, Last of the Mohicans and ELF…Favorite Actor and Actress are Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep…Most admired person is her pops because “he did amazing things in his life but never wanted praise or glory. He was the hardest worker I have ever known.”…Happiest moment in life is “any time my entire family is together – so fun with my little nieces and nephew running around.”
Updated: July 11, 2011