UNLV: Nina returns for her fourth season with the Rebel volleyball program. 2003: Had her best season as she played in all 107 games.... led the team with 263 digs and a team-high average of 2.46 digs per-game... set a career-high with 23 digs against Kentucky (Nov. 27) 2002: Nina played in 28 matches during the 2002 season. She tallied 183 digs in 85 games for 2.15 digs-per-game average. 2001: Nina played in 20 matches and 55 games last season... played her best match at home against New Mexico (Oct. 20), finishing with a career-high 13 digs... finished the season with 68 digs. 2000: Redshirt.
KEELEY ON FRANCHINI: "Nina is a steady passer and soild on defense. She has great work ethic and her starting experience at the libero spot will contribute to the team."
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2000 graduate of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M. ... the team was district and state champion her sophomore and senior seasons ... her junior year, the team was district champion and state runner-up ... was first-team all-district and first-team all-state her junior and senior seasons ... as a senior was named state Player of the Year by the Albuquerque Journal ... was an all-star, first-team all-metro, summer game north all-star and selected as the Tribune Player of the Year.
PERSONAL: Nina Laura Franchini was born on April 30, 1982 in Albuquerque, N.M. ... the daughter of Greg and Betsy Franchini ... both parents attended the University of New Mexico ... has one brother, Nick ... major is communications.