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Olympic Spotlight: Nicole Davis

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Written by USC blog contributor, Andie Hagemann

Just one week shy of the 2012 London Olympic games, USA women's volleyball hosted Bulgaria in a three-match series at the Galen Center. Team USA features former USC libero, Nicole Davis, who led the Women of Troy to two consecutive national championships in 2002 and 2003.

The USA-Bulgaria series marked Davis' debut at the Galen Center and her homecoming to the USC campus.

"Galen was promised to me when I was being recruited as a junior. The facility is absolutely amazing and fun to play in," Davis said. "I have such a strong emotional tie to USC. I am proud to be a Trojan and it's special to me to be able to play here."

Nicole Davis.jpeg(Photo by Pierson Clair)

After spending the past four years overseas, Davis and the women's national team were excited to play in front of a home crowd.

"We don't get to play in the United States too often so it is very cool to have people in the stands cheering for us, not against us," Davis said. "With us leaving on Friday for London, it was rare and unique to be able to play in front of this crowd. I definitely appreciate the moment."

After sweeping Bulgaria in the three-match series, Davis felt that the series gave the team the extra edge it needs in order to succeed at the London 2012 games.

"The series follows the same format as the Olympics and I think the team has improved from the first match until now," Davis said. "Every day is an opportunity to get better and it is really important that we're doing that even until the last match of the Olympics--finding something to get better at because that can be the difference between us winning the gold medal."

London will mark Davis' second trip to the Olympic games as she earned a silver medal in 2008 in Beijing. However, Davis believes her experiences after the Beijing games have increased her sense of pride in representing the United States.

"When I went to Beijing, I was the young kid on the court and followed the older girls around as I was not in the leadership role that I am in now," Davis said. "My experience of living and playing overseas for four years has given me a stronger sense of pride in being an American and what it means to represent our country and wear the USA uniform."

With the opportunity to earn the United States the first gold medal for women's indoor volleyball, Davis emphasized the need for the team to stay focused.

"We stay focused on the process and know that playing our best down the stretch will be good enough to win the gold," Davis said. "We just have to stay focused on the little things."

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