Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown/Residence: Carrollton, Texas/Carrollton, Texas
Birth Date: Aug. 18, 1993
Club Team/Coach: Dallas Premier 17 Mizuno (Dallas, Texas)
High School/Grad Year: Hebron High School (Carrollton, Texas)/2011
College Status: Verbaled to UCLA
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Competed in FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Named to U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team…Chosen to U.S. Girls’ Youth Olympic Team roster. 2009 – Selected to the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Helped Dallas Premier 17 Mizuno qualify for USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in 17 Open Division by winning Lone Star Classic national qualifier…Named PrepVolleyball.com Top 50 Junior Recruits…Selected First-Team All-District 6 5A and District 6 5A Best Blocker. 2009 – Helped Dallas Skyline Juniors club team qualify for USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championship in the Open Division…Dallas Skyline 16 Roshambo Most Improved…Held season-highest hitting percentage out of entire Dallas Skyline Club. 2008 – Helped team to a berth in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships American Division…Named Most Improved Player on high school team…Selected All-District 6 5-A honorable mention. 2007 – Named Most Improved Player. 2006 - Started playing club volleyball with Dallas Synergy.
PERSONAL: Born Olivia Nkechinyere Okoro on Aug. 18, 1993, in Dallas, Texas.… Nickname is Liv…Father is Iheanyi Okoro (1952) and Mother is Ola Okoro (1964)… Brothers are Chris (1989) and Bryan (1995) and Sister is Ivuoma (1992)…Hobbies include volleyball, swimming, running, hanging with friends and shopping… Favorite food is lasagna…Favorite book is Eclipse…Favorite type of music is all kinds…Favorite musical group is Destiny’s Child…Favorite movie is Coach Carter, Love and Basketball, and Glory Road…Favorite professional team is Los Angeles Lakers…Favorite athletes are Misty May and Michael Jordan…Most admired person is my parents and Michele Massey because “my parents have always supported me through everything, always put others before themselves, and done sacrificed so much for me. Michele Massey influenced my volleyball career and life by teaching me how to accept the different/difficult obstacles life throws at me and do it all with a great attitude and a smile on my face.”…Happiest moment in life was “making the Junior National Training Team and winning the Lone Star National Qualifier.”
INTERESTING STORY: “Watching college volleyball on tv inspired me to go out and play. I tried out for the volleyball team in 7th grade and was very disappointed when I got cut the 1st round of tryouts. That next summer I did some camps and tried out again in 8th grade and made B team. I fell in love with volleyball and did many camps to get better, My freshman year I tried out for the freshman team and ended up making JV. Then sophomore year became a starting varsity player. That spring tried out for the Youth National Team and made it.”