Aug 21, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Freshman Nicki Barnes arrives at Marquette as the oldest of seven children and will look to make the transition to the back row after a career at outside hitter with Illinois prep powerhouse, Benet Academy.
Barnes helped the Redwings to back-to-back IHSA state titles as a junior and senior, including a 40-2 overall record in 2012 and a No. 13 final national ranking according to PrepVolleyball.com.
Learn more about Barnes' journey to Marquette and her affinity for kiwi fruit and bacon:
GoMarquette.com: Why did you choose Marquette?
Barnes: Marquette is the perfect fit for me academically, and I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the volleyball program. Being a student-athlete at Marquette will prepare me well for my life beyond college.
GoMU: What is your most embarrassing volleyball moment?
Barnes: My most embarrassing volleyball moment was sophomore year, against the best team in our conference, I got set and started my approach but slipped and fell, completely whiffing the ball and falling on my back.
GoMU: What is your proudest volleyball achievement to date?
NB: Winning the state championship in 2012.
GoMU: In kindergarten what did you want to be when you grew up?
Barnes: When I was younger I always dreamed of being a veterinarian.
GoMU: What do you plan on studying at Marquette?/What are your career goals?
Barnes: I plan to major in finance, and I plan to explore career options in the business world in finance or accounting-related fields.
GoMU: What are you looking forward to most in college?
GoMU: Is there a team you are looking forward to playing the most?Barnes:
Barnes: I am very excited to be a part of the volleyball team, as well as meeting new people.
I am looking forward to playing Seton Hall and Villanova, because I have a couple of close friends on those teams from high school and club volleyball. I also am excited to play USC and Penn State because it will be great competition.
GoMU: Who is your biggest hero and why?
Barnes: As cliche as it sounds, my biggest heroes are my parents. They are two of the hardest working people I know, and without their help I would not have accomplished half of the things that I have. They are constantly bending over backwards to support and care for my six siblings and me, and their hard work does not go unappreciated.
GoMU: What made you start playing volleyball?
Barnes: My mom and her sisters played very competitively growing up, and that's where my interest sparked. With her encouragement, I tried out and made my grade school team in fifth grade.
GoMU: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Barnes: I can't stand the sound of people chewing, especially crunchy foods.
GoMU: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Barnes: I have always wanted to travel to Greece.
GoMU: What are your interests or hobbies other than volleyball?
Barnes: I love watching movies, going out with friends, and spending time with my brother and sisters.
GoMU: Favorite food(s)?
Barnes: My favorite foods are bacon and kiwi.
GoMU: If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?
Barnes: I would be a penguin because they are classy animals and live easygoing lifestyles.