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The D.C. Current announced on Tuesday that they have signed Nicky Spiva to their 2015 active roster.
Spiva carries nearly a decade of ultimate experience to the Current. He began his ultimate career as a high school junior at the University School of Nashville and then later captained Colorado College’s Wasabi for two years. In 2011, Spiva led the Division III school to its first ever appearance at the USA Ultimate College Championships, during which he qualified as a Callahan Award finalist, and Wasabi won the Open Division Spirit Award. Afterwards, Spiva was a member of the first NexGen Tour.
Since 2011, the Nashville native has played with Atlanta’s Chain Lightning, primarily on the offensive line.
“Nicky is a huge pick up for us,” said Defensive Head Coach Will Smolinski. “His skill and ability is so great, wherever he ends up, he will elevate the players around him…If he can give us one more offensive weapon after we get the turn, two or three more conversions after turns, that is going to put our opponent in a really tough spot.”
This March, along with his best friend, Markham Shofner, Spiva earned a bronze medal with the U.S. Mixed National Team at the World Championships of Beach Ultimate in Dubai.
Last July, Spiva also played with Shofner, Alan Kolick and Jeff Wodatch at Potlatch in Redmond, Washington.
“I am stoked to play with Markham, Alan and Wodatch,” said Spiva. “They all have very distinctive games and play the game beautifully…I can’t wait to be reunited on the field.”
Spiva is a dual threat as a handler and cutter who can stretch the field. The Current expect that he will play on the offensive line.
“Nicky is tall, strong and fast,” Shofner said. “The way he plays is a matchup nightmare for other teams because he can scorch teams downfield as a cutter, or facilitate disc movement as a handler. The Current fanbase is in for a treat.”
Spiva is expected to make his Current debut this weekend when D.C. hits the road to take on the Boston Whitecaps on Saturday before playing at the New York Rumble on Sunday. Spiva said that he is already looking forward to the Current’s next home game on May 16 against the New York Rumble.
“The crowd at the D.C. NexGen game a few years back was phenomenal,” said Spiva. “I hope the crowd is the same way for the Current games, that was very memorable for me. Overall, I’m stoked to be a part of the team.”