University of Tennessee
- Outside Hitter/Right Side
A business major, Nikki Fowler currently possesses a sparkling 3.79 GPA through her first three years at Rocky Top. She has twice been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Team and is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She is the only Lady Vol volleyball player to ever earn academic all-district honors twice and will look to add a third award to her name this year. Following graduation, Fowler plans to attend graduate school and work with a music promotion company.
A quiet but determined leader, Fowler has been the steadying hand that has led the Lady Vols to back-to-back 20-win seasons and consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. The Dallas, Texas, native was a finalist in 2009 for the Miss Tennessee Award at UT’s annual VOLSCARS banquet. This award is given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of Tennessee, based on academics, athletics, team leadership and service. Fowler also serves as the representative from the volleyball team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Despite all the hours dedicated to volleyball and academics, Fowler always makes time to give back to the Knoxville community. She has participated in numerous charitable activities, including assisting with free volleyball clinics for children, reading to preschool children, Teams for Toys, April Play Day, Habitat for Humanity, Saving Little Hearts miniature golf fundraiser and visiting sick children at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. She has also helped to host a holiday dinner where she helped provide food and clothing for the homeless.
A three-year starter for UT, Fowler has been named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and All-SEC First Team member in each of the past two seasons. This past summer, she spent time training and playing with the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team, winning a gold medal with the Blue squad at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships. A “do-it-all” player, Fowler currently ranks 12th on the Lady Vols’ all-time career kills list, second in attacks per set, sixth in kills per set, seventh in digs per set and sixth in total attacks.