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Nichols Recognized As Outstanding Grad

Marissa Nichols will be honored Saturday at UNLV's Spring Commencement as an Outstanding Graduate.

May 7, 2010

LAS VEGAS - UNLV's Spring Commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 8 will include Rebel softball's Marrisa Nichols being honored as an Outstanding Graduate.

More than 3,200 UNLV undergraduate, graduate and professional students are eligible to participate in the ceremonies at the Thomas & Mack Center and Nichols is one of seven officially recognized as an Outstanding Graduate. Those eight were selected by UNLV President Neal Smatresk through a semester-long nomination process. Students were chosen based on outstanding academic achievement, community outreach and their ability to overcome adversity.

Nichols, who came to UNLV in the fall of 2004 from Diamond Bar, Calif., has overcome many obstacles as a student-athlete throughout her tenure as a Rebel and has written her name in 12 of the program's career categories. She is second in stolen bases (55), third in batting (.364), runs (151), slugging (.676) and on-base (.440). She is fourth in home runs (39) and total bases (395); fifth in and doubles (47); sixth in hits (215) and triples (10); seventh in walks (72); and eighth in RBI (108).

During her freshman year, she was selected an NFCA All-American and UNLV's Sportswoman of the Year, while earning Mountain West Conference honors as the Freshman of the Year and membership on both the all-conference and all-tournament squads. She was named the conference's player of the week on six occasions. She rewrote the school's single-season record book with program-bests in runs, hits, home runs, total bases and stolen bases.

After playing the first half of her sophomore season in 2006, she was sidelined by various injuries until the 2009 campaign, when she regained her all-conference form on the diamond. She led the team in walks, stolen bases and game-winning runs, while finishing second in home runs, total bases and slugging percentage. Currently, she leads the 2010 squad in at-bats, hits, doubles, home runs and total bases.

Nichols has performed just as well in the classroom as a student. She is a four-time academic all-conference honoree and has earned the scholar-athlete award twice. She just recently was named to ESPN The Magazine's 2010 Academic All-District Eight First Team after taking home second team honors last year.



Earlier this spring she was named one of 30 candidates for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.

She earned her B.S. degree in human services counseling in 2008 and will receive her M.Ed. in school counseling at the commencement. She also serves as president of the Student Organization of Addiction Professions, which offers low-cost addiction counseling to Las Vegas residents.

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