Senior graphic design major Sierra Nobley tends to greet anyone who crosses her path on the volleyball court with a smile. A 6’1” outside hitter for the Boise State women’s volleyball team from Scottsdale, Arizona, Nobley often finds herself reminiscing on fond memories watching college volleyball when she was young, wanting to be just like them. Now, as a returning player for Boise State volleyball, Nobley is looking to continue her success into the new season.
However, just getting on the team wasn’t enough for Nobley. During her time at Boise State, she has been named the Pre-Season Mountain West (MW) Player of the Year twice, and was awarded Mountain West Player of the Year in 2016. Nobley has broken the school kill record, and the MW kill record. As a result, she is moving her way up the NCAA total kill rankings, currently placed at No. 18. Nobley gives all the credit to her teammates and the school, and thanked her current setters and passers as well.
According to Nobley, her passion for sports emerged when she was a young girl. She grew up in a family who was very sports oriented, including her grandfather, who recently passed. Nobley said he was a dedicated fan that never missed a home match while she was playing on the high school team.
“He was the one I always would look for in the stands before the game,” Nobley said.
Nobley said she used this inspiration from her strong family connection to overcome a low in her sophomore season where she wasn’t sure if she could continue playing college volleyball. Ever since, Nobley has been a driving force on and off the court.
“We don’t get a lot of 6’1” athletic kids that also have the full package of skills,” said Shawn Garus, Boise State’s women’s volleyball head coach.
On top of everything, Nobley currently maintains a 4.0 GPA. She expressed deep commitment to her team, her faith, her friends and her family. As she approaches her final season, her goal is to make it to the NCAA tournament, and is prepared for some bigger competitors.
“I do hope down the road 10 or 15 years from now, she gets the chance to sit back, kick her feet up and appreciate all she has accomplished—because it’s really special,” Garus said.