Nicole Fawcett has shown her excitement on returning to play in Brazil in her Instagram. Tuesday night, she posted a departure pic directly from John Glenn Columbus International Airport of her trip to Uberlândia:
The post gathered lots of commentaries by fans and supporters, including one from her former national team teammate Alex Klineman, who played for Uberlândia last season, but has since transferred out. A press conference should be held soon in Uberlândia to formally address her signing and welcome her to the public and fans. This should be followed by a common adaptation period for the athlete to get in adequate playing form, as her teammates have already been training for the last two months.
This will be Fawcett’s second season in Brazil, as she played for Uberlândia’s bitter rivals Minas Tênis Clube in 2010/2011, after which she circled the world playing for many different teams in different countries. She will have important shoes to fill, as she is replacing Cuba’s Daymi Ramirez at the outside spot, a fan favorite, who transferred out to Turkey.
She will be looking to comeback from below average seasons in Turkey and Italy in the likes of her former national teamer teammate Destinee Hooker, who had previously vanished from the volleyball world, only to renew her legacy last season with Minas Tênis Clube. The biggest difference between both players, though, is that nobody expected Minas Tenis Clube to go very far in last year’s Superliga, so there wasn’t that much pressure on Hooker. In Fawcett’s case, however, there will be enormous pressure for her to perform, as Uberlândia recently spent loads of dollars in transfers and is the early title favorite. The team is desperately trying to lose its “big spenders, but underachievers stigma.”
Fawcett in an accomplished player, winning titles in every level of competition she has played in. She played for Penn State University from 2005–2008, winning two NCAA National Championships in 2007 and 2008, receiving All-American and National Player of the year Honors. As a pro, she won the 2014 World Championship and 2015 Pan American Games gold medal with the United States national team. She even t set the most points in a single match world record, scoring 55 points while playing for the Seongnam KEC Hi-pass club in South Korea’s V-League on February 14, 2013, which was later broken by Bulgaria’s Elitsa Vasileva.
Coming back from injury and underachiving seasons, though, we wonder if she made the right choice by signing with one of Brazil’s most most scrutinized team. The fans will have their eyes on her every move on the court.
|Nicole Marie Fawcett
|December 16, 1986
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
|310 cm (120 in)
|291 cm (115 in)
|Representing the United States
|Pan American Games
|2011 Ciudad Juárez