Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
NICOLE AT A GLANCE: Hoping for a healthy year ... Extremely explosive hitter ... Continued improvement in her passing and defense ... Needs to continue building confidence and consistency ... Very good instinctive blocker ... Expected to improve consistency ... Has potential to perform at a high level.
JUNIOR (2005): Earned a starting role on the outside ... Set career highs with 346 kills and 36 total blocks ... Was second on the team in total kills and kills per game (3.43) ... Ranked sixth in the SSC in kills per game ... Posted a career-high 21 kills against Eckerd on Sept. 11 ... Recorded a career-high 12 digs against Tampa on Sept. 23 ... Helped lead Barry to their 12th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
SOPHOMORE (2004): Saw limited time playing in 11 matches and 16 games ... Despite limited time, posted a career-high .324 hitting percentage ... Averaged 2.25 kills per game ... Hit a season-high .500 clip against Lynn on Oct. 5 ... Posted a season-high eight kills and seven digs against Augusta State on Sept. 11 ... Helped lead Barry to a school-record 34-1 overall record and 33 consecutive matches won ... Helped lead the Bucs to an undefeated 16-0 mark in the SSC for their sixth conference title ... Assisted in leading Barry to their third NCAA Division II national title in 10 years.
FRESHMAN (2003): Played in 43 games and 19 matches ... Tallied 70 kills and 67 digs ... Averaged 1.63 kills and 1.56 digs per game ... Posted a career-high .714 attack percentage against Saint Leo on Oct. 3 ... Posted a season-high nine kills against Northern Kentucy on Aug. 30 ... Recorded a season-high nine digs against Saint Leo on Nov. 9.
HIGH SCHOOL & CLUB: Played at Colegio Rosa Bell under coach Alejandro Roman ... Was named her team’s Most Valuable Player in volleyball ... Has played in the Junior Olympics and other national tournaments since the age of 11 ... Also played basketball and softball ... Served as a member of the student council.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Rodolphe Castera and Carmen Velez ... Has two older brothers, Rodolfo and Luis ... Majoring in math.