2002: Played in 27 matches and 116 games as a junior...ranked fifth on the team in kills per game (1.53) and sixth in blocks per game (0.49)...also ranked fifth on the team with 23 service aces...tallied seven-plus kills on eight occasions, including a career-high 11 vs. LSU (9/7) in the NOKIA Sugar Bowl Classic and again at South Alabama (9/10)...also posted a career-best seven digs in Tulane's five-game win at South Alabama...posted 12 multiple-block contests, including a season-best four blocks vs. Bowling Green (9/21) at the Badger Invitational and vs. UL-Lafayette (10/1).
Prior To Tulane: Played two seasons at the University of Massachusetts before the school discontinued its program...as a sophomore, earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors after leading the Minutewomen in kills per game (3.23), ranking second on the team in blocks (54) and fourth in digs per game (1.74)...in 2001, helped UMass go 15-11 overall and 8-8 in the A-10...competed in 47 games and 17 matches as a freshman...had a career-high nine kills and 10 digs vs. Illinois-Chicago (9/9/00)...named to UMass Athletic Director's Honor Roll in 2000.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Campbell Hall High for coach Chris McGee...helped lead the Vikings to state playoffs as a sophomore and senior, advancing to the second round in her final prep season...as a senior, earned first-team all-area, second-team all-league and team Most Improved Player honors...also lettered twice in basketball and three years in track and field where she helped set the school record in the 4x100-meter relay as a sophomore...off the court, was a member of the chess club and the honor roll.
Club: Played club volleyball for Gene's Team of the Santa Monica Beach Club from 1995-2000.
Personal: Born Nitia Kara Small on Sept. 23, 1980 in Los Angeles, Calif...daughter of Irwin and Jackie Small...has one brother, Kyle, and one sister, Kiva...chose Tulane over LSU, Long Beach State, Charlotte, UCF, Maryland and Iowa...majoring in political science.