Hometown/Residence: Swansea, Ill./Belleville, Ill.
Birth Date: July 12, 1992
Club Team/Coach: Southwest Illinois Volleyball Club (Belleville, Ill.)
High School/Grad Year: Althoff Catholic High School (Belleville, Ill.)/2010
College Status: Signed with Missouri State University
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship…Part of USA Girls’ Youth Team that toured Europe over the winter holidays. 2008 – Named Best Setter at the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship and led team to gold-medal finish, which qualified squad for the 2009 FIVB Girls’ Youth Continental Championship…Averaged tournament-best 2.87 assists per set, in addition to placing 32nd in scoring as a setter with 15 points (7 kills, 3 blocks, 2 aces).
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Named to U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. 2009 – Selected to U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that participated in FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship. 2008 – Selected to the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team…Helped Southwest Illinois Volleyball Club to a National Division bid for USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships. 2007 – Selected to USA Volleyball Select A1 Red Team that won the Junior Division of the USA High Performance Championships…Led club team to a bronze medal in the 16 National Division of USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships and named all-tournament in 16 National Division. 2006 – Selected to USA Volleyball Select A2 Camp at Colorado Springs…Helped club team to fifth-place finish in 15s National Division of USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship. 2005 – Selected to USA High Performance A2 Camp at Colorado Springs. 2002 – Began playing club volleyball with Southwest Illinois VBC.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Helped Southwest Illinois VBC qualify for USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship in National Division…Named All-Illinois State First Team, All-Metro First-Team and All-Conference most valuable player…Tabbed Althoff Catholic High School Female Athlete of the Year for 2009-2010. 2008 – Named to USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship All-Tournament Team after leading Southwest Illinois VBC to a third-place finish in the National Division…Chosen All-Illinois State Second Team, All-Metro First-Team and All-Conference First Team. 2007 – Named all-tournament and helped team to fifth place at the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship…Named All-State Second Team and all-conference first-team…Tabbed a Fab 50 pick. 2006 – Paced team to fifth place at the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship in the National Division…All-State Special Mention and all-conference first-team…PrepVolleyball.com Frosh 59. 2002 – Began playing club volleyball for Southwest Illinois Volleyball Club.
PERSONAL: Born Carly Nicole Thomas on July 12, 1992, in Clayton, Mo.… Father is Tim Thomas (1956) and Mother is Liz Thomas (1959)… Sisters Sara (1986), Emily (1987) and Abby (1989)…Hobbies include sports and art (ceramics and painting)… Admires many people because “There are many people I admire such as my mom, dad, sisters, and my Aunt Kathy, but the one I most admire at this time is my friend John Sheehan. John has been one of my older coaches during my volleyball career. He has helped mold my personality and attitude thus far. Unfortunately, John passed away at the age of 61. I will always remember the advice John would give me even when I knew my attitude needed adjusting. He would give me advice that others would not tell me. I will miss John, and I will continue to play always thinking of him. God took a good man and a volleyball icon in this area, and I know John will always be with me.”… Favorite book is Twilight Saga…Favorite food is pizza…Favorite types of music is country…Favorite musician is Brad Paisley…Favorite movie is Avatar…Favorite actor is Jim Carey…Favorite professional team is the St. Louis Cardinals…Favorite athlete is Albert Pujols…Happiest moment in “is graduating from high school and finding out I will be an aunt...Aunt Kathy Crotty Wuller played for the Minnesota Monarchs in 1987 and 1988.
INTERESTING NOTE: “My friend John Sheehan that I talked about earlier, had me going. He told me that when he used to play back in the 60’s that the VB was Sqaure!! YES, I did believe him… He even said he still had a square ball and would bring it to practice and show me. No wonder why my dad calls me BLONDIE…”