|Year of Graduation:||1990-1994|
The Maryville College Athletic experience has always been special for dual-sport standouts. MC has always ensured the provision of a well-rounded collegiate experience that involves a balance of rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and the opportunity to pursue the multitude of other co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered on our campus. 2011 Wall of Fame inductee Nikki Boop took advantage of these opportunities and excelled for the Lady Scots from 1990-1994 in a pair of sports.
This Northwestern High School graduate from Springfield, Ohio made her way south to display her talents in the fall on the Lady Scots volleyball court and could not resist the dirt in the spring to play for the Softball Scots.
In the fall of 1990, her freshman campaign, Nikki along with teammates Leslie Henry, Jenny McCafferty, and Amy Hensley went on to win the Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 10-3 mark while finishing the season with a 24-12 overall record. This defensive specialist accumulated an team-high 282 digs while averaging 3.40 digs per game. She was also deadly with her serves posting 36 service aces on the season.
Her freshman spring saw her on the diamond for MC. She reported to camp as a catcher and a second baseman. Her first career hit was a double that provided an RBI against Tennessee Wesleyan. She had numerous standout games but her three hit performances against Milligan and Carson-Newman highlighted her inaugural campaign on the diamond.
As a sophomore in 1991, Boop’s athleticism propelled her to All-Conference accolades within the WIAC during volleyball season. This strong defensive player pushed MC to a 12-4 mark within the conference and a 23-20 overall season record. A big highlight in her second season within the volleyball program was their trip to Hilton Head to challenge Savannah College of Art and Design.
In the spring of 1992, Nikki took her skills to the pitching mound. Hitting for herself in the lineup, Boop recorded several outstanding games at the plate including a three-hit performance against Cumberland. This lead-off hitter also stroked a pair of hits off Tennessee Wesleyan, Carson-Newman and Lenoir Ryne.
Nikki’s junior year opened as being named co-captain of the Scots Volleyball program. She was named to the Greensboro Tournament All-Tournament Team. This consistent defensive specialist helped the Scots receive a No. 8 ranking within the South Region in their first season as an independent. Following her outstanding season in which her team achieved a 21-7 overall record, Nikki was rewarded with All-South region accolades.
Boop spent the spring as MC’s only pitcher on the fast-pitch circuit. She had a key role in big wins over Ferrum and SCAD while excelling at the plate. She had multi-hit games against the Panthers and Bees as well as Virginia Wesleyan, Erskine, and Bristol.
During her senior season, Boop co-captained the volleyball squad with Jenny McCaferty. This defensive standout accumulated an amazing 662 digs averaging 5.4 digs per challenge while leading the Scots to a 27-12 record. Her defensive prowess and her 48 service aces helped her Scots to earn a bid to the NCAA National Tournament. This NCAA trip was the first for MC Volleyball since 1982 and the first of seven trips by Head Coach Kandis Schram to the NCAA post-season.
The final spring was tough on Nikki as she battled through a torn ACL to compete for the Softball Scots at third base and on the mound. She beat Savannah twice in her final year on the mound.
Upon graduation, Nikki put her degree and passion for people to work. She helped local Maryville handicapped persons adapt and excel through Douglas Co-Op for four years. She returned to Ohio in 1998 and has been working within the YMCA organization for the past 13 years.
Coach Kandis Schram had this to say about her leader. “Nikki won numerous All-Tournament and All-Region honors due to her flawless defensive skills and savvy playing style. She was simply the glue to our defense.”
Ladies and gentlemen, help me welcome one of the best two sport standouts to ever wear the orange and garnet, 2011 Wall of Fame Inductee Nikki Boop.