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Micha Hancock
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Personal information
Nationality American
Born November 10, 1992 (1992-11-10) (age 28)
McAlester, Oklahoma, U.S.
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Spike 305 cm (120 in)
Block 297 cm (117 in)
Volleyball information
Position Setter
Current club Italy Igor Gorgonzola Novara
Number 12
Career
Years Teams
2015 Italy Imoco Volley Conegliano
2015 Puerto Rico Indias de Mayagüez
2015–2016 Poland Dąbrowa Górnicza
2016–2017 Poland Impel Wrocław
2017–2019 Italy US Pro Victoria Monza
2019– Italy Igor Gorgonzola Novara
National team
2014– United States United States

Micha Danielle Hancock (born November 10, 1992) is an American indoor volleyball player, a member of the United States women's national volleyball team, Olympic gold medalist and Italian club Igor Gorgonzola Novara. Hancock played setter for Penn State, where she led Penn State to two consecutive NCAA championships. She competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Career

High school

Hancock played high school volleyball for Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Oklahoma. She guided her team to the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Oklahoma 6A State Championship, was a two-time All-Edmond Player of the Year, All-City Player of the Year and MVP of the State Championship All-Tournament Team. She was named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year twice.

College

She played college women's volleyball at Penn State University. In her freshman season in 2011, Hancock was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as the AVCA Mideast Region Freshman of the Year and set the Penn State single season aces record with 91. As a sophomore in 2012, she was a first team All American and Big Ten Setter of the Year. Hancock set the NCAA Tournament record for aces in tournament play with 22 including Penn State single match record for aces with 10. In her final two seasons, she helped Penn State to back-to-back NCAA Titles. In 2013, Hancock was named a First Team All-American and earned NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors and she became the Nittany Lions' all-time career aces leader with 254. In 2014, she was named the AVCA National Player of the Year and her third consecutive First Team All-America honor. Under her guidance, Hancock ranked first national as a college senior in aces per set (1.05) with at least one ace in all but three matches in 2014. Hancock finished her career among Penn State's all-time career record-holders, ranking first in service aces (380) and service aces per game (0.76), fifth in assists (5,578) and sixth in assists per game (11.16).

Hancock was named as one of the four finalists for the Honda Sports Award in volleyball for 2014–15.

International

In the 2016 Pan-American Cup she was awarded Best Server after she set a new serving record in a single match, first with 11 aces in the pool play against Costa Rica, then 12 aces in the bronze medal match over Cuba. She was named Most Valuable Player in the 2017 Pan-American Cup. She was selected to play the Italian League All-Star game in 2017.

In May 2021, Hancock was named to the 18-player roster for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament. It was the only major international competition before the 2020 Summer Olympics. USA won the gold medal for the third year in a row after defeating Brazil in the final.

On June 7, 2021, US National Team head coach Karch Kiraly announced she would be part of the 12-player Olympic roster for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Primarily used as a backup setter and serving substitute, Hancock stepped in after starting setter Jordyn Poulter injured her ankle during USA's final pool play match against Italy, helping lead the team to victory in 5 sets. In the quarterfinals against Dominican Republic, Hancock started again and led her to team to victory, advancing USA to the semifinals. Team USA eventually won the gold medal after defeating Brazil, 3 sets to none.

Clubs

  • United States Penn State University (2011–2014)
  • Italy Imoco Volley Conegliano (2015)
  • Puerto Rico Indias de Mayagüez (2015)
  • Poland Dąbrowa Górnicza (2015–2016)
  • Poland Impel Wrocław (2016–2017)
  • Italy US Pro Victoria Monza (2017–2019)
  • Italy Igor Gorgonzola Novara (2019-2021)

Awards

Individuals

  • 2015 Nominee for Honda Sports Award (volleyball)
  • 2016 Pan-American Cup "Best Server"
  • 2017 Pan-American Cup "Best Server"
  • 2017 Pan-American Cup "Best Setter"
  • 2017 Pan-American Cup "Most Valuable Player"
  • 2019 Pan-American Cup "Most Valuable Player"
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