Hometown: Champaign, Ill.
Birth Year: 1977
Residence: Edmond, Okla.
College: University of Central Oklahoma
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Paralympic Games (Silver Medal)… Volleyball Masters (Gold Medal)… Shanghai Exhibition Tournament… Netherlands Exhibition Tournament. 2011 – Parapan American Zonal Championships (Gold Medal)...ECVD Continental Cup (Gold Medal). 2010 – WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver Medal)... Parapan American Championship in Colorado (Gold Medal)… World Organization for Volleyball Disabled (WOVD) World Cup (Gold Medal). 2009 – Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold Medal)… Eurocup (Gold Medal). 2008 – Paralympic Games in Beijing (Silver Medal)... World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup (Bronze Medal). 2007 – Sitting Volleyball Invitational (Silver Medal). 2006 – Sitting Volleyball World Championship in Netherlands.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Started all 17 sets of the London Paralympics. Finished with 28 points on 18 kills, eight blocks and two aces. Best match was opening pool play loss to China where she scored 11 points on eight attacks and three blocks… Helped U.S. Women to a 4-0 record and a gold medal at the Volleyball Masters in The Netherlands. 2011 – Helped the U.S. Women to a 7-0 record and a gold medal at the ECVD Continental Cup in Yevpatoria, Ukraine... Competed with the U.S. Women's Sitting Team in China in four exhibition matches against the Shanghai club team... Nichole helped the U.S. Women to four victories over the Shanghai club team in exhibition, played in conjunction with 2011 Colorado Crossroads on March 17-20 in Denver… Ranked third on the team with 34 points on 22 aces… Recorded eight service aces, good for second on the team. 2010 – Played in 25 sets for the team at the Sitting Volleyball World Championships. At the event, she posted 28 kills, 1.12 per set, and five blocks, 0.50 per set. She was also the team leader in digs with 44, 1.48 per set, and finished fifth amongst the teams best point scorers with 46, 1.84 per set. 2009 – Awarded along with team as the Paralympians of the Year for 2008... 2008 – Was the sixth-leading scorer on the U.S. team that captured a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing... Nichole finished with 23 points in the tournament on 12 kills, eight blocks and three aces... Came in as a substitute in the semifinal match against the Netherlands and totaled eight kills and five blocks to lead the U.S. to the victory in five sets... Played in 12 of the 17 sets in Beijing.
PERSONAL: Born Nichole Ann Millage on March 27, 1977, in Champaign, Ill. ... Parents are Dennis Millage and Philomena Schnepper. Her stepfather is Dave Schnepper... Stepbrother is Brett Schnepper. Hannah Millage is her half sister... Graduated from Centennial High School in Champaign in 1995… While in high school, played volleyball and softball for all four years... Lost her left leg in a boating accident when she was 21... Discovered sitting volleyball while volunteering at a camp for disabled children... She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in business and human resources management in 2009... Nichole works as a waitress and bartender at the Oak Tree Country Club... Enjoys bike riding, sunbathing, reading and spending time with her friends... She enjoys listening to alternative music... Favorite foods are pizza, sushi and lobster... Among her favorite movies are Say Anything and She's Out of My League...Among her favorite TV shows are Scrubs, The Office and Nip/Tuck... Her favorite professional team is the Chicago Cubs...Clay Stanley is her favorite athlete... Role model is her mom "because she's such a good person. She's always there for me, no matter what, with unconditional love."