Nick Vogel

USA Volleyball

Nick Vogel

Birth Year: 1990
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Position: Middle blocker
Height: 6-9 (208cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (90.7kg)
High School/Grad Year: Valhalla High School (El Cajon, Calif.) / 2008
College: UCLA 

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2011 – Pan American Games. 2009 – FIVB Junior World Championship

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Started 21 sets of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico where the U.S. Men finished fifth. Was one of four collegiate players on the team. Finished with 44 points on 34 kills, nine blocks and one ace. Led the U.S. in blocking and was third overall. 2009 – Member of the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that finished eighth at the FIVB World Championship.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Played in 26 matches with 23 starts, all at the opposite position ... Recorded season-highs of 13 kills (.526) and 14.5 points at Pepperdine... Also recorded 13.5 points at Hawaii (2/18) with nine kills (.429) and a season-best of six total blocks... Matched his blocks total in the next match against Cal Baptist... Ended his career ranked fourth on the career rally-scoring total blocks list at 299... Three-time member of the DHR. 2011 – Played in 16 matches with eight starts for UCLA… scored a season-high of 11.5 points vs. LBS… Averaged .9 blocks per set (bps) and 2.3 points per set (pps). 2010 – Saw playing time in 28 matches with 25 starts… led the Bruins in blocking averaging 1.1 bps. 2009 – Played in 29 matches and started in 20 as a freshman… hit .400 or better 11 times, good for best on the team… tied for the team lead with 23 aces.

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012/13 – Played for Panathinaikos VC in Greece.

CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Served as team captain during his final year with the Epic Volleyball Club and ended the season with a silver medal at the 2008 Junior National Championships, where he also earned all-tournament team honors... Won the Grossmont League South Division and advanced to quarterfinals of the CIF tournament...  Earned CIF Division II first-team honors his senior year. 2006 – Began playing club volleyball with Epic 16s.

PERSONAL: Born in 1990 in San Diego, Calif. ... Lettered in volleyball, soccer and tennis at Steele Canyon HS before transferring to Valhalla HS as a senior... Has a half-brother Dylan Gilbert-Vogel... Graduated from UCLA in ... Started playing volleyball as a high school sophomore... Enjoys volleyball because of the teamwork and intensity on the court... Chose UCLA because of "its incredible academics and athletics tradition," and its proximity to home... Favorite book is Stranger in a Strange Land... Enjoys spending time at the beach, playing guitar and piano and writing... Played with U.S. Men's Junior teammate Thomas Amberg during his senior year at Valhalla... Nick would eventually like to teach English abroad.