33 Amanda Nielson
Amanda Nielson


West Valley City, Utah

High School:


Outside Hitter



• Preseason First-Team All-WAC (2007)
• Second-Team All-WAC (2006)
• Big West Conference All-Freshman Team (2004)

An explosive athlete who can hit a variety of sets... Plays great defense and is very competitive... One of the better athletes in the WAC... One of 12 players named to theWAC's preseason team in 2007.

2006 Season (Jr.):
Earned second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors as she ranked third in the league in points per game (4.93), fourth in kills per game (4.04), ninth in service aces per game (0.34) and 10th in blocks per game (1.03)... Also averaged 2.30 digs and hit .137 on the season... Played in all 32 matches and 115 games during the year... Recorded a team-high 465 kills, which ranks fourth all-time at Utah State for a single-season, while her 1,390 attacks rank second all-time at USU... Also had 39 service aces and 109 block assists during the year, both of which rank eighth at USU for a single-season... Recorded a career-high 32 kills against Arkansas-Little Rock on Sept. 15 as she hit .303 (32-9-76) in the match... Also recorded a career-high 19 digs against the Trojans... Recorded her first career triple-double against Boise State on Oct. 21 as she had 18 kills, 11 digs and a career-high 11 blocks... Set a new career-high with five service aces at Cal State Northridge and against Temple... Recorded double-digits in kills in 25 matches and had 20-plus kills eight times during the season... Also recorded double-digits in digs 11 times and notched 10 double-doubles during the year... Led Utah State in kills 19 times during the season and in blocks four times.

2005 Season (So.):
Played in 32 matches and 97 games in her second season as a starter for Utah State on the outside... Recorded double-digits in kills in three matches, including a season-high 12 against then 24th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 15... Also had 10 kills at Idaho on Oct. 1 and 12 kills against Boise State on Nov. 5... Recorded a season-high nine blocks at San Jose State on Oct. 29 and had a career-high three solo blocks against the Gauchos on Sept. 15... Had a season-high four service aces against Boise State on Sept. 29 and against New Mexico State on Nov. 12... Finished the season by averaging 1.64 kills, 0.92 blocks, 0.55 digs, 0.41 assists and 0.26 service aces per game, while hitting .119.

2004 Season (Fr.):
Named to the Big West Conference all-freshman team as she averaged 2.22 kills, 0.70 digs and 0.56 blocks per game... Played in all 27 matches during the season and started 16, while appearing in 96 games... Finished the year tied for third on the team with 213 kills and was also third with 54 total blocks... Had double-digits in kills in 12 matches on the year and had a stretch where she notched double-digits in kills in nine straight matches... Recorded a season-high 18 kills in a five-game win at UC Riverside on Oct. 16... Posted her only double-double of the season on Nov. 5 at Cal Poly as she notched 11 kills to go along with a season-high 10 digs... Her best match of the season was at UC Davis on Sept. 25 when she hit .429 (11-2-21) to go along with seven blocks... Had a season-high seven block assists and eight total blocks at Idaho on Sept. 23.

High School/Club:
Earned first-team all-state and all-region honors as a senior and second-team all-region honors as a junior at Granger High School... Also a two-time first-team all-region selection in basketball as she averaged 25 points per game as a junior to lead the state... Was a standout track athlete placing first in her region as a senior in the 300-meter hurdles and second in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles... Was a member of the Players Volleyball club team coached by Dave Richards.

Born December 26, 1985 in Murray, Utah... One of six children of Joseph and Rosanne Orgill... Majoring in parks and recreation at Utah State... Married Zach Nielson in June, 2006.

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