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Courtney Thomas
Courtney Thomas

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
DeKalb, Ill.

High School:
DeKalb

Height:
6-0

Position:
RS/OH

Experience:
2 letters

L/R:
Right

Courtney Thomas Photo Gallery | 2011 Match-By-Match Stats | 2012 Match-by-Match Stats

Honors:
2013 North Dakota State University MVP ... 2013 Pepperdine Classic All-Tournament ... 2012 USF Invitational All-Tournament ... 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... 2011 Rhode Island Invitational MVP ... 2011 and 2012 InnTowner Invitational All-Tournament

Of Note: Member of the 2013 USA Volleyball A2 program ... had two triple doubles as a freshman, becoming just the fourth Badger to accomplish that feat ... ranks 10th on the UW career record list with 1,872 assists ... also ranks seventh in assists per set with 8.07

2013: Started 33 matches and played in 126 sets ... did not play in the NC State Invitational due to an abdominal injury ... started four matches at setter before moving to outside hitter with the return of Lauren Carlini ... put away a career-high 19 kills at Ohio State (Oct. 11) ... has double-figure kills in 16 matches ... ranks fourth on the team with 2.39 kills per set ... recorded a season high 19 digs vs. Kansas (Sept. 13) ... has double-figure digs in 17 matches and averages 2.71 digs per set, fourth on the team ... has 12 double-doubles this season ... put up a season-high 40 assists at North Dakota State (Sept. 7) and at Pepperdine (Aug. 31) ... tied her career high with six blocks at Ohio State (Oct. 11) and at Purdue (Nov. 2) ... averages 0.74 blocks per set ... just missed her third career triple-double at Pepperdine, recording 10 kills, 40 assists and nine digs ... recorded a season-high five services aces at NDSU (Sept. 7) ... third on team with 25 total aces (0.21/set) ... has tallied three-or-more blocks in 15 matches

2012: Started 32 matches and played in 115 sets ... averaged 10.55 assists per set, which ranked fifth in the Big Ten ... put up a career high 57 assists vs. Illinois (Sept. 23) ... added 0.92 kills per set ... had a season-high eight kills vs. Cal State Northridge ... averaged 0.14 service aces per set ... had a season-high two service aces in three matches ... ranked second on the team with 2.54 digs per set ... had double-figure digs in 15 matches, including a season high 19 vs. Michigan State (Oct. 5) ... had 15 double doubles on the season ... also added 0.79 blocks per set ... had a season-high five blocks in six matches

2011: Started all 32 matches and played in all 117 sets ... averaged 5.63 assists per set ... finished third on the team with a .225 hitting percentage ... recorded her first career triple-double at Michigan State (Oct. 7), finishing with 16 kills, 26 assists, and 15 digs ... set a career-high mark in kills vs. the Spartans ... added a second triple-double vs. MSU (Nov. 12) with 10 kills, 23 assists and a team-high 13 digs ... led the team with 16 double-doubles ... averaged 1.96 kills, 2.49 points and 2.58 digs per set

High school:
Ranked No. 16 by PrepVolleyball.com on its Senior Aces list ... Volleyball Fab 50 ... named to the 2010 U.S. Women's Junior National training team ... named Most Outstanding Player at the 2011 National Junior Classic ... all-state honoree ... four-time all-conference selection ... 2010 Daily Chronicle Player of the Year ... also plays with Sports Performance Volleyball Club under coach Rick Butler ... named the best setter at the 2008 National Junior Classic and 2008 Junior Volleyball Association Classic

Personal: Parents are Kelly and the late Jaceson Thomas ... has one brother Bret (18) ... nickname is Court ... born Jan. 12

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

Why Wisconsin?

"I chose Wisconsin because I fell in love with the campus. The lakes are amazing around here. I also really wanted to play in the Big Ten and wanted to be close to home, so this was the perfect fit for me."

Season SP MP/MS K/S % A/S SA/S D/S B/S Pts P/S
2011 117 32/32 1.96 .225 5.63 0.14 2.58 0.66 291.5 2.49
2012 115 32/32 0.92 .169 10.55 0.14 2.54 0.79 174.0 1.51
2013 134 35/35 2.32 .165 1.60 0.22 2.70 0.75 392.0 2.93
Career 366 99/99 1.77 .184 5.70 0.17 2.61 0.73 857.5 2.34
Match Highs
Kills: 19 at Ohio State, 10-11-13
Attempts: 53 at Nebraska, 10-5-13
Hitting %: .733 (11-0-15) vs. Columbia, 9-10-11
Assists: 57 at Illinois, 9-23-12
Aces: 5 (2x; MR at North Dakota State, 9-7-13)
Digs: 22 vs. Minnesota, 10-19-11
Blocks: 6 (4x; MR at Purdue, 11-2-13)
Points: 22.0 at Ohio State, 10-11-13














Off the Court With Courtney Thomas

Favorites: Spot on campus: The Terrace; Movie: My Sisters Keeper; Celebrity: Usher; Food: Guacamole; TV Show: The Bachelor/Bachelorette; Book: The Hunger Games; Car: Range Rover; Musical: King Louie; Volleyball Player: Taylor Morey; Sports team: Chicago Blackhawks
First started volleyball: 3rd grade
Most memorable volleyball match: 2011 AAU Finals in Orlando, Fla.
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: Our team
Before each match, I: Shower
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Michigan
One word that describes me: competitive
My teammates say I am: Straightforward
Most memorable volleyball achievement: All-American in club
This summer, I: Took classes, worked out, went on vacation for my brother's graduation, went to Dallas to play for the A2 team with Anne and Ellen.
Is there something significant about your uniform number? It's my dad's birthday
The best thing about the Field House is: The kids
If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: A team could have three liberos
My goal for this year is: Make it to the NCAA tournament
Dream as a collegiate player: Make the Final Four
Who is the funniest player on the team? Ellen
Who is the best-dressed player on the team? Kt
Who is the sloppiest player on the team? Deme
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? Playing collegiate softball
The best thing about Madison is: EVERYTHING!
Fantasy job/career: Sports Broadcaster for the NHL or NFL
Person most admired/role model: my mom
My most prized possession is: my phone
Favorite childhood memory: The time spent with my dad
I can't live without: my mom
My secret addiction is: chips
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I wish I could sing or be a back up dancer for Beyonce
The best sporting event I ever attended was: Bulls game
Nobody knows how much I love to: pick at everything
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: iPhone
A non-athletic talent I have is: painting nails
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: sing
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? I would trade places with any NFL player because I would want to see what it would be like to play n the NFL.
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Taylor Morey
If I had a million dollars: Buy all my family members a nice house
My bucket list includes: Be an Olympian
Post-college plans/goals: Play volleyball
If I was Coach Sheffield for the day, I would: Make him do burpies for an hour
My dream date would be: On a beach during sunset in Fiji
What are you most thankful for? My mom
What are you passionate about? Volleyball
My favorite quote or motto is: Everything happens for a reason
My favorite saying or a phrase I use all the time is: Everything happens for a reason
My worst habit is: picking at everything
I am afraid of: snakes

What does it mean to be a Badger?

"Being a Badger is very meaningful. You represent your school anywhere you go and people all over the country know who you are. When we go to other states, people always say 'Go Badgers!'"

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