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Niki Williams

School

Washington

Position
Utility
Major
Arts & Sciences
AVG
.324
R
44
H
45
FLD%
.935
RBI
36

Classroom

Williams carries a 3.02 in Individualized Studies and was on the Dean’s List last quarter.

Character

“Williams is a shining example of servant leadership.  She routinely displays a team-first attitude in her selfless coordination of team activities and events, on and off the field.  She is the undisputed leader of our team. Nikia is a two-time All American utility player.  Her utility nature embodies what the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award represents- strength in multiple areas! Her off –the-field volunteering efforts are numerous.  She has battled back from offseason back surgery to be stronger than ever.  She continues to thrive in our program, making her teammates better people with her infectious attitude and personality.  She is a dream to coach,” head coach Heather Tarr says.

Community

During her four years here at UW, Williams has volunteered with her colleagues in Coins for Kids. During football tailgates she walked around collecting coins for children who are less fortunate. She has also participated in the first annual Boot Drive with softball alumni Mindy Williams; they paired up with local firemen around the Seattle area to help raise money to build a Children’s Burn Center in the local hospital. She has also participated in the Shoe Drive hosted by WASAAC, donating old pairs of shoes to those overseas who are not fortunate enough to afford their own. She has also spent time with young children at the Children’s Hospital painting shirts and playing games as well as card games and reading books. She has volunteered as a Sign Language tutor, helping lower level ASL students practice and learn Sign Language and at Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA). This included tasks associated with ongoing ecological restoration projects.

Competition

As a junior, Williams was named Second-Team NFCA All-American and was a Top 25 finalist for ASA Player of the Year. She was named team co-offensive MVP with Kimi Pohlman in addition to being First-Team All-Pac-10 and All-Pacific Region. She batted .364, collecting 56 hits in 154 at bats with 14 home runs, 42 runs, 12 doubles, one triple and 56 RBIs. As a sophomore, Williams appeared and started in all 59 games. She batted .357, collecting 61 hits in 171 at bats with 11 home runs, one triple, seven doubles and 47 RBIs. She was a first-team NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America and All-Pacific Region and second-team All-Pac-10 Conference. As a freshman, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team and named to the Women’s College World Series All-Tournament team after setting WCWS records for RBI in a game (7) and series (10). She also tied the World Series record with three home runs on the week, a two-run shot, a three-run shot and a grand slam.