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  Nicole Taurence
Nicole Taurence

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Trenton, Mich.

High School:
Trenton

Height:
5-10

Position:
S

AS A JUNIOR (2007)
Taurence saw action in 20 matches, making her first start of the season against Duquesne...averaged 8.72 assists a game...recorded 40 assists against the Dukes...posted five assists in the Michigan contest...earned the start against George Mason and recorded 35 assists and 11 digs for her first double-double of the season...added 14 assists and two blocks in the UCLA match...came off the bench to give the Panthers nine assists during the extra-point session in the Notre Dame match...blocked an attack to give Pitt a match point opportunity in game four against the Fighting Irish...posted a season-high 47 assists in the ND contest...tallied nine digs in the DePaul matchup...posted six digs and two blocks in the St. John's match...posted a double-double and season-highs against USF with 50 assists, 12 digs and six kills...added 27 assists in the Robert Morris win...chipped in 26 assists in the Louisville match...recorded double-doubles in back-to-back games against Saint Louis (39 assists/12 digs) and Rutgers (41 assists/10 digs)...a Big East Academic All-Star.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2006)
Nicole Taurence played as a setter in 40 games and 20 matches...had 11 assists and two aces against No. 12 Tennessee (Sept. 8)...recorded a career-high five service aces along with 21 assists and two kills against Lehigh (Sept. 9)...had four assists against No. 24 Arizona (Sept. 25)...led the team with 49 assists against Northwestern (Sept. 15) while also having eight digs and two blocks...put up 34 assists and a career -high four blocks against Georgetown (Oct. 7)...contributed five digs against Marquette (Oct. 20).

AS A FRESHMAN (2005)
Taurence appeared in 23 matches and made 20 starts at the setter position for the Panthers...named the Big East Rookie of the Week on Oct. 3 for her efforts in the wins over USF (Sept. 30) and Georgetown (Oct. 2)...had 92 assists and 14 digs in seven games against those two teams, becoming the fourth Pitt player to earn the Big East weekly honors...broke a Pitt freshman record with 69 assists in the five-set win over Rutgers (Sept. 25)...led the Panthers with 855 assists and a 10.96 average...added season bests in kills (tied), aces (tied), digs (15) and blocks (tied) for her best effort thus far...posted 53 assists on three occasions, including Duke (Sept. 17) at the OSU Buckeye Classic and versus American (Sept. 10) at the Pitt Invitational...had a total of 97 assists in eight games at the Buckeye Classic, averaging 12.13 assists/game...also posted eight digs against the Blue Devils and added three blocks...also had three blocks vs. South Carolina (Sept. 2) and Ohio State (Sept. 16)...posted 88 assists in six games in a weekend sweep of Syracuse (Oct. 8) and Marquette (Oct. 9)...put up 56 assists and 10 digs for a double-double against West Virginia (Oct. 14), adding two aces for the Panthers...recorded a total of seven 50-plus assist performances throughout the season...a strong server with 15 aces on the season.

HIGH SCHOOL
Taurence was a three-time all-region, all-conference and all-league honoree while playing at Trenton High School...was named the team's Most Valuable Player in each of her last three seasons...a News Herald Dream Team honoree all three years as well...named the News Herald MVP on two occasions...played six years of club ball for the Motor City Volleyball Club...an all-area selection for the Trenton swim team and also played basketball.

PERSONAL
Born Feb. 20, 1987...daughter of Alan and Pamela Taurence...has two brothers and one sister...a biolgical sciences major.

CAREER HIGHS
Kills:6 (vs. USF, 10-14-07)
Attempts: 12 (vs. Long Beech State, 11-23-07)
Digs: 15 (vs. Rutgers, 9-25-05)
Assists: 69 (vs. Rutgers, 9-25-05)
Service Aces: 5 (vs. Lehigh, 9-9-06)
Solo Blocks: 2 (four times)
Block Assists:5 (vs. Long Beech State, 11-23-07)
Total Blocks: 4 (vs. Long Beech State, 11-23-07)