Getting to know the Badgers: Ashley Van Zeeland

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She was a member of the state champion team in 2010 and her high school team ranked fifth in the nation her junior year. The righty batter was named to the Wisconsin All-Star team as well as Team Wisconsin after graduation and went on to win the state championship.

She was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball and her volleyball team won the state championship her junior year and placed second during her sophomore year. Ashley was a high school teammate of Maria Van Abel. Her major is business/accounting.

We took a little time for some Q&A with Ashley:

Q: Who or what got you started in softball?
A: My parents got me involved in softball when I was really young, because I would always play softball in my backyard with my brothers.

Q: At what age did you start playing softball?
A: 10

Q: If you didn't play softball, which sport would you play?
A: Volleyball

Q: What is your dream job?
A: Professional athlete

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Benchwarmers

Q: Who is your favorite athlete/athletic team?
A: Donald Drive/Green Bay Packers

Q: Describe your dream vacation
A: Mexico with my family and cousins.

Q: What is your favorite sports/softball memory?
A: Winning the Super World Series when I was 12 years old.

Q: Do you have any pump up or pre-game music or rituals?
A: Everyone stands in a circle and they each get a chance to do a dance move.

Q: What is the best part of playing softball at Wisconsin?
A: It is a great experience overall and I love the team.

Q: Where is your favorite spot on campus?
A: Camp Randall

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Chocolate chip cookie dough

Q: What is your favorite Crayola crayon color?
A: Pacific blue

Q: What TV show do you wish you could be in?
A: Friends, because they always look like they are having fun and they are hilarious.

Q: If you could be any person for a day, who would you be?
A: Aaron Rodgers, because it would be amazing to be that talented, and he is a great role model.

Q: If you were stranded on an island and could only have three items with you, what would they be?
A: Matches, a tent and a laptop.

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