COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 13, 2013) – Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio), an opposite with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, set the world record for individual points scored in a single match on Feb. 12 while playing in the Korean Volleyball League.
|Nicole Fawcett, left, attacks for the U.S. Women's National Team.
Fawcett scored 55 points in leading her Korea Expressway club to a five-set victory over Industrial Bank of Korea. She recorded 53 kills on 85 attacks with only seven errors as part of her record-breaking performance.
“This was a really big and important game for us, so I was never thinking about the points I was scoring,” Fawcett said. “The only thing that was going through my mind was making every point count so we could win the match. I was completely unaware of the points that I had until after the game when my interpreter came up to me and told me that I broke a record here for most points in a match.”
Fawcett’s 55-point performance eclipsed the previous scoring record of 54 points held by Dominican Republic's Bethania de la Cruz and Colombia's Madelynne Montano.
When asked if this match was her best performance ever, Fawcett responded that the record set is something that she will always remember, but not necessarily for the number of points scored.
“This is a tough question!” Fawcett said. “I can't really say, but this will definitely be a match that I will always remember. I think learning wise, this is the most significant because there were things that I was focusing on that I previously never have before and I feel like that really elevated my game.”
Fawcett leads Korean Volleyball League with 503 points during the 2012-13 season, out-distancing American Whitney Dosty by 14 points. Fawcett has scored on 50.8 percent of her attacks this season and averages 7.5 points per set.
“The biggest thing that I have learned through my short amount of years playing is that it is very difficult to be experienced without playing to get experience,” Fawcett said. “A lot of the situations that I have been placed in, in Korea, has given me great training, albeit very difficult at times. But those are the moments that I've learned that the harder something is, if I can do my best to learn from it, I come out of it a better player and stronger person. What we do can be very challenging for a lot of reasons, but that's what makes it so rewarding when we have the success.”