Nancy Metcalf

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Nancy Metcalf
Personal information
Full name Nancy Jean Metcalf
Nationality  United States
Born Nancy Jean Meendering
(1978-11-12) November 12, 1978 (age 39)
Sioux Center, Iowa, U.S.
Hometown Hull, Iowa
Lincoln, Nebraska
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Spike 314 cm (124 in)
Block 292 cm (115 in)
Volleyball information
Position Opposite
United States University of Nebraska
Puerto Rico Indias de Mayagüez
Italy Despar Sirio Perugia
Puerto Rico Indias de Mayagüez
Italy Arzano Volley (it)
Turkey Eczacıbaşı Zentiva
Spain Grupo 2002 Murcia
Turkey Eczacıbaşı Zentiva
Brazil Minas Tênis Clube
Puerto Rico Criollas de Caguas
Azerbaijan Lokomotiv Baku
Azerbaijan Igtisadchi Baku
Japan Ageo Medics
National team
2000–2012United States USA

Nancy Jean Metcalf (born Nancy Jean Meendering[1] on November 12, 1978 in Sioux Center, Iowa) is an American indoor volleyball player. She represented her native country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece,[2] where she finished in fifth place with the USA National Team.[3] She missed the 2008 Olympics with a torn labrum,[4] and was not named to the national team in 2012.[5]

Early life[edit]

Nancy Meendering is the second of four children born to Harry and Dee Meendering.[1] She attended Western Christian High School, where she earned two state titles in volleyball and made it to the all-state squad three times.[4] In addition, she is Western's career leader in kills, kills per game and blocks.[6] She was inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in May 2012.[4]


Metcalf graduated from the University of Nebraska in December 2001 with a bachelor's degree in advertising, and joined the national team in January 2000. While playing in college, in 1999 she set Nebraska’s school record for kills per game (5.09) and attacks per game (12.17) and broke the Huskers’ single-match record for kills with 39. She finished her career at Nebraska ranked third for career kills (1,603), third for attacks (3,741), ninth for block assists (376) and tenth with total blocks (412)[6]

She started playing professionally in Puerto Rico in 2002, playing two years with Indias de Mayagüez and being elected MVP for the 2002 season,[7] and Best Scorer and Spiker in both 2002 and 2003 seasons.[8]

In 2002, she earned a silver medal at the World Championships in Germany[9] and the bronze medal at the 2003 World Grand Prix.[10]

She won the gold medal at the 2003 NORCECA Championship in Santo Domingo, qualifying for the 2003 World Cup.[11][12] At the 2003 World Cup, her team took a berth for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.[13]

In 2004, she played professionally for Despar Sirio Perugia in Italy.[14] She won the silver medal at the 2004 edition of the Montreux Volley Masters.[15]

The next year, Metcalf participated in the Pan-American Cup, ending up in 4th place and taking home the "Best Scorer" award.[16] Later that season, she was awarded "Most Valuable Player"[17] at the NORCECA Championship won by her national team.[18] Metcalf returned to the Indias de Mayagüez for the semifinal round of the 2005 season.[19] Later that year, she signed with Arzano Volley in Italy for the 2005–2006 season, but transferred to the Turkish club Eczacıbaşı Zentiva due to Arzano's financial problems.[20]

Metcalf spent the 2006–2007 season with the Spanish club Grupo 2002 Murcia winning the "Copa de la Reina",[21] Spanish Supercopa, Spanish Superliga (Superliga Femenina de Voleibol),[22] and the CEV Top Teams Cup.[23]

Metcalf then returned to Turkey, playing for Eczacıbaşı Zentiva from 2007–2009. She was selected to the 2008 All Star Game,[24] and awarded with her team Runner-Up from the Turkish League Championship, losing to Fenerbahçe Acıbadem in the final game.[25]

Her team finished fourth at the 2009 NORCECA Championship, but she took the "Best Spiker" honor.[26]

She played the 2009–2010 season with Minas Tênis Clube in Brazil.[27] From 2010–2013, Metcalf played in Azerbajian, with the clubs Lokomotiv Baku[28] and Igtisadchi Baku.[29] Metcalf played her final season[30] with the Ageo Medics in 2013–2014.[31]


She married Jason Metcalf in 2001.[32][33]



  • 2011 #7 Jersey Retired[34]
  • 2001 Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year
  • 2001 AVCA First-Team All-American
  • 2001 AVCA Central All-Region Team
  • 2001 AVCA Player of the Year Candidate
  • 2001 NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award
  • 2001 MVP of State Farm/NACWAA Tournament
  • 2001 Big 12 Player of the Year
  • 2001 Big 12 Player of the Week (Oct. 1)
  • 2001 First-Team All-Big 12
  • 2001 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-American
  • 1999 AVCA First-Team All-American
  • 1999 Big 12 Player of the Year
  • 1999 First-Team All-Big 12
  • 1999 AVCA First-Team District VII
  • 1999 NCAA Pacific Region All-Tournament Team
  • 1999 Big 12 Player of the Week (Sept. 6)
  • 1998 AVCA First-Team All-American
  • 1998 AVCA First-Team District V
  • 1998 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Second-Team All-American
  • 1998 NCAA Pacific Region All-Tournament MVP
  • 1998 First-Team All-Big 12
  • 1998 Nebraska US Bank All-Tournament Team
  • 1998 San Diego State All-Tournament Team


National team[edit]


  • 2006 Turkish League – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Eczacıbaşı Zentiva
  • 2006 Spanish Supercopa – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Grupo 2002 Murcia
  • 2007 Superliga Femenina de VoleibolSimple cup icon.svg Champion, with Grupo 2002 Murcia
  • 2007 Copa de la Reina – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Grupo 2002 Murcia
  • 2007 CEV Top Teams CupSimple cup icon.svg Champion, with Grupo 2002 Murcia
  • 2008 Turkish League – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Eczacıbaşı Zentiva
  • 2009 Turkish League – Gorm silver cup.jpg Runner-Up, with Eczacibasi Zentiva
  • 2012-13 Azerbaijan Super League - Gorm silver cup.jpg Runner-Up, with Igtisadchi Baku


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  2. ^ "Olympics: China defeats USA women to begin 2004 Olympics". Retrieved 2010-03-26. [permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ a b c "Iowa Sports Hall of Fame: Metcalf's big dreams took her to Olympics and beyond". Des Moines Register. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  5. ^ Hersom, Terry (July 16, 2012). "London likely off the table for Metcalf". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Nancy Metcalf Nebraska Cornhusker's Player Page". University of Nebraska. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  7. ^ Zona Zaguera. "Nancy Metcalf" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Lideres por Temporada del 1995 al 2008" (in Spanish). FPvoleibol. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
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  10. ^ "World's Second-Ranked USA Women to Play Intrasquad Match". FIVB. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  11. ^ "NORCECA Women's Continental Championship – Cuba and USA qualify for the World Cup". FIVB. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  12. ^ "USA wins the gold medal, Cuba and Dominican Republic follow". FIVB. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  13. ^ "Final Olympic berth goes to USA; China, Brazil already qualified". FIVB. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  14. ^ Hersom, Terry (July 2, 2004). "Metcalf hopes to land Olympic volleyball berth". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Todo listo para la Copa Panamericana" (in Spanish). FIVB. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  16. ^ "Cuba confirmed as major power in Women's Pan American Cup". NORCECA. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  17. ^ "Nancy Metcalf fue JMV en Continental de NORCECA" (in Spanish). NORCECA. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  18. ^ "USA is the Women's Continental Champions of Norceca". NORCECA. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  19. ^ "Caguas derrotó a Mayaguez en inicio se serie semifinal" (in Spanish). NORCECA. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  20. ^ "Nancy Metcalf kimdir?" (in Turkish). Eczacıbaşı Holding. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  21. ^ "El 2002 Murcia conquista la Copa de la Reina" (in Spanish). Federacion de la Region de Murcia de Voleibol. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  22. ^ "El Grupo 2002, campeón de la Superliga femenina de voleibol" (in Spanish). Murcia Periodista Digital. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  23. ^ "Top Team Cup: Final Four" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  24. ^ "All Star'ın yabancıları belli oldu!" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  25. ^ "Turchia: Il Fenerbahce vince il campionato femminile" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  26. ^ "Dominican Republic wins NORCECA gold in dramatic fashion". FIVB. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  27. ^ "Usiminas/Minas se reabilita e vence São Bernardo por 3 a 0" (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Voleibol. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  28. ^ Kauffman, Bill (April 16, 2012). "U.S. Women's Update for April 16". USA Volleyball. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  29. ^ "US Women's Weekly Update for Nov. 4". USA Volleyball. November 4, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  30. ^ Wagner, Brent C. (14 April 2014). "NU volleyball notes: Nebraska will take international trip this summer". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  31. ^ [1](in Italian) Retrieved 21-10-2013
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  33. ^ Chatelan, Dirk (April 23, 2002). "NU's Metcalf aims to make 2004 Olympics". The Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  34. ^ "NET Sports Volleyball: Nancy Metcalf Jersy Retired, 2011 Videos". 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  35. ^ "Metcalf named Player of the Year". Sioux County Index Reporter. December 23, 2009. 

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