Height: 6' 2"
Hometown: Aliquippa, PA
High School: Hopewell
Club Team: Renaissance
Biography:Coach Sheffield's Outlook: “I think everyone in the country is going to know about Becky Novacek by the end of this season. She has absolutely taken her game to another level since last season. Her progression from year to year is a direct tribute to her hard work. People are going to notice that she's a lot quicker and more explosive than she was this time last year. She's so competitive that she sometimes has had a tough time dealing with frustration out on the court in the past. I see a player that is moving on to the next play much quicker this year. I think that's a reflection of how much more confidence she has right now, and that confidence and explosiveness is absolutely going to allow her to do some great things this season.”
2010 (Senior): Atlantic 10 Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year ... AVCA All-Northeast Region ... Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference ... Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team ... CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Second Team ... Lowes Senior CLASS Award candidate ... UD's OASSA All-Academic Team ... Paced the Atlantic 10 in blocks per set during conference play (1.36) ... One of three A-10 players with 100 or more blocks, doing so for the first time in her career ... .339 hitting percentage ranked sixth in the A-10 ... Eight matches with 10 or more kills ... Six matches with no attacking errors while recording five or more kills ... 12 matches with five or more blocks ... Recorded a career-high 10 blocks at Temple (10/8) ... Season-high of 14 kills occurred twice ... Named to Notre Dame Invitational All-Tournament Team, beginning with 14 kills on a .379 hitting percentage and five blocks against Santa Clara (9/17), followed by seven kills and six blocks against Delaware (9/18) and nine kills in three sets against Notre Dame (9/19) ... Had a string of four consecutive matches with a hitting percentage over .450 ... 13 kills with just one attacking error in the A-10 Championship Semifinals against Duquesne (11/20), guiding UD to its third tournament title in her four-year career ... Only recorded two attacking errors in two matches in her four appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... Five kills on a .556 hitting percentage in the First Round of the NCAAs against Butler (12/3) ... Tied a season-high 14 kills with five blocks in the Second Round against Ohio State (12/4).
My mom because she has done so much for me with strong love and support to always encourage me to be the best I can be. She has helped me become the person I am today.
Most Memorable Moment
Winning back to back basketball state championships while playing with my twin sister in high school. While at UD, it is winning the A-10 Championship on our home court with teammates I love.
Athletes I Admire
Christa Harmotto (US National Volleyball Team) and my twin sister Joyce Novacek (basketball player at Bucknell). Christa because she is an awesome volleyball player and an even better person. My twin sister because she works so hard and has improved so much to be at the level she is at.
UD Coaching Staff
They have really helped me take my game to another level by increasing my volleyball IQ and strength in the weight room.
Skull shirts! It got started in the 10th grade and it just continued from there :)
Favorite Local Food
Dewey’s Pizza. Their 'Ryan's Inferno' pizza is the best ever!
2009 (Junior): Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference ... Second-highest hitting percentage on the team at .332 ... Had a season-high 17 kills against Rhode Island ... Tied her season-high of 17 kills in a 3-1 win in the Atlantic 10 semifinal ... Hit .560 against Xavier with 14 total kills, one solo block and three block assists ... Season-high eight blocks against Wright State (11/11) ... Named to the Dayton Flyer Classic All-Tournament team after racking up a 15 kills against Creighton (9/12) ...... Third with .64 block assists per set...Averaged 2.42 kills per set.
2008 (Sophomore): Tallied a 150 kills in 123 sets played ... Notched 73 total blocks on the season ... Hit .772 against Saint Louis (11/23) ... Hit for .636 on Oct. 30 against Xavier ... Season-high of 14 kills came against Towson (9/6) ... Added 12 kills and five digs against the Tennessee (9/14) ... Registered nine block assists to help defeat No. 17 Illinois (9/12) in five sets ... Pieced together a season-high eight blocks against George Washington (10/3).
2007 (Freshman): Played in 28 sets in 14 total matches ... Ended the season with team's third-best hitting percentage (.304) and was fifth in blocks per set (0.46) ... Posted a season-high five kills against Radford (9/8) ... Tallied five total blocks against UMBC (9/15) ... Finished with four kills on 10 attempts against Jacksonville (9/8) ... Tallied her first career kill and first block in a season-opening win over IPFW (8/24).
High School: PIAA State Champion in three sports at Hopewell High School ... High School Athlete of the Year by the Beaver County Times (2007), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette West (2007), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2006), Pittsburgh Tribune Review (2007, 2006) and MSA Sports Network (2007, 2006) ... Led her volleyball team to the PIAA Title as a sophomore, three WPIAL Championships and four Sectional Titles ... A three-time All-State pick who earned First Team honors after recording a school record 470 kills as a senior ... three-time All-WPIAL and All-Section selection ... Led the Hopewell basketball team to PIAA State Championships as a senior and junior ... A two-time All-PIAA and All-WPIAL selection on the hardwood ... Won the 2007 PIAA State title in the High Jump with a leap of 5-5 ... Included as one of the 2006 'Top 100 Senior Aces' by PrepVolleyball.com ... Earned the Hopewell High School Scholar-Athlete Award ... A National Honor Society member who graduated among the Top 5 in her class.
Personal: Born October 24, 1988 to Jim and Julie Novacek ... Has three sisters: Joyce, Grace and Janice ... Her twin sister, Joyce, plays basketball at Bucknell University ... Her uncle Jay Novacek was a three-time Super Bowl Champion tight-end with the Dallas Cowboys in his 11-year NFL career ... Presidential Scholar at UD ... Business major.
Kills: 17, at Rhode Island, 10/10/2009 ; Temple, Nov 21, 2009
Attacks: 37, at Xavier, Oct 15, 2010
Attack pct: .560, Xavier, Sep 25, 2009 (14-0-25)
Assists: 2, 5 times
Serve aces: 1, vs Coastal Carolina, Aug 28, 2009
Digs: 5, at Tennessee Lady Vols, Sep 14, 2008
Blocks: 10, at Temple, Oct 08, 2010
Block solo: 2, at Gardner-Webb, Sep 12, 2008 ; at Duquesne, 11/8/09
Block assist: 9, at Temple, Oct 08, 2010 ; vs Illinois, Sep 12, 2008
Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship recipient; 2010-11
Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year; 2010
AVCA All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention; 2010
CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Second Team; 2010
Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference; 2009, 10
Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team; 2010
Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference; 2010
Lowes Senior CLASS Award candidate; 2010
Notre Dame Invitational All-Tournament Team; 2010
Dayton Flyer Classic All-Tournament Team; 2009