Issaquah resident makes Vandals Hall of Fame
September 24, 2008
By Derek Johnson
When the envelope arrived at their Issaquah home, it first seized the attention of Nancy Dahlquist’s 10-year old daughter Hope.
“She came to me right away,” Dahlquist said. “She said, `Mom, this looks like it might be important.’”
That envelope, containing a letter from the University of Idaho, announced the imminent induction of Dahlquist into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. Nancy’s entire family — husband Scott, daughter Hope, and 8-year old twins Max and Nick — recently made the trip to Moscow, Idaho, for the induction ceremony Sept. 13.
Nancy Dahlquist starred in volleyball at Idaho from 1990-1993. Back then, she was known as Nancy Wicks. After being named the Big Sky Conference’s 1990 freshman of the year, she went on to become the Big Sky’s most valuable player in both her junior and senior seasons. In her last two years, the Vandals won conference crowns and advanced into the second round of the NCAA tournament. In Dahlquist’s time at Idaho, the team boasted a record of 77-42.
“I had a number of friends on hand at the ceremony, and about 30 family members,” she said. “I saw a few old friends and it was great to reconnect with them. It was such an honor.
“To also see some of the older men acknowledged, who played at Idaho several years ago, and to hear their stories was great,” she said. “There were some legends there, too, like Don Monson (former men’s basketball coach) and Dan O’Brien (former world champion decathlete).”
For Dahlquist, the trip back to her college stomping grounds enabled her to recall the teams of which she was a member.
“I played with a great group of girls,” she said. “I contributed to the team as a whole, and everyone had that same mentality. They were great teammates. They picked me up in practice, and pushed me to become better.
“I remember a game we had on the road at Northern Arizona in my junior year. We won a game that we weren’t supposed to win, on our opponent’s court,” she said. “That caught some attention. We went on and played in the NCAA tourney in back-to-back seasons. Those were some great times.”
As she stood on stage and was officially inducted, she said the best part was seeing the reaction from her children.
“The trip was a highlight for them,” she said. “When Hope first saw the envelope in the mail, she was excited. To see the actual ceremony, she was thrilled.”
Reach interim Sports Reporter Derek Johnson at 392-6434, ext. 236, or firstname.lastname@example.org.