Crystal Graff Photo Gallery | 2011 Match By Match Stats | 2012 Match by Match Stats
Of Note: Joined the Badgers for the second semester of the 2010-11 academic year ... missed the second half of the 2011 season and the 2012 spring season with a leg injury
Honors: 2011 N.C. State Invitational All-Tournament team ... 2012 Academic All-Big Ten ... 2011 and 2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... two-time Athletic Board Scholar for volleyball for having highest GPA on team
2013 Did not play in first nine matches due to injury ... suited up for NC State Invitational, recording a season-high three kills vs. VCU (Sept. 21) ... also had a season-high four digs at N.C. State (Sept. 20) and a career-high three services aces against the Wolfpack ... served twice against Indiana (Sept. 28) and four times at Iowa (Oct. 2) ... did not play lafter Oct. 2 due to injury
2012: Played in 25 matches, starting 16, and 86 sets ... tied for fourth on the team with 1.93 kills per set ... had a season-high 16 kills vs. Illinois (Sept. 23) ... had double-figure kills in seven matches ... hit a career-best .500 (13-2-22) vs. Cal State Northridge ... also had a career high two service aces vs. the Matadors ... chipped in 1.43 digs per set ... had a season-high 14 digs in three matches ... had double-figure digs in four matches ... added 0.31 blocks per set ... had a season-high three blocks in four matches
2011: Missed the second half of the season after a knee injury on Oct. 19 ... played in 20 matches, starting 19, and in 63 sets ... averaged 2.63 kills per set ... had three double-doubles on the season ... finished with a team-high 14 kills at Ohio State (Oct. 2) ... had a career-best 15 putaways at N.C. State (Sept. 2) ... recorded a career-high six blocks at Michigan (Oct. 8), including three block solos ... added 2.23 digs per set ... had double-figure digs in five matches
High School: Ranked 21st by PrepVolleyball.com on its Senior Aces ... won a silver medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games as a member of the 2010 USA team ... participated in the 2006 and 2007 USA High Performance Select A1 camp ... National Junior of the Year finalist ... Class of 2011 Top 50 Recruit by PrepVolleyball.com ... 2010 AVCA Under Armour Second-Team All-American ... 2009 USAV Junior Olympics All-American and 2009 PrepVolleyball.com All-American ... two-time first team all-state selection ... named the 2009 and 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Wisconsin ... three-time all-city and three-time all-conference honoree ... named the 2009 and 2010 Big 8 Conference Player of the Year ... 2009 and 2010 Wisconsin State Journal Player of the Year ... led La Follette High School to the 2010 Big 8 title for coach Mark Rushton ... the Lancers also won a regional title and advanced to the state tournament ... also competed for Capitol Volleyball Academy under coach Dave Bayer
Personal: Parents are Roger and Carolyn Graff ... has one sister Michelle (27) ... father and sister both competed in rowing as freshmen at the UW ... nicknames are C, Graff, CG ... enjoys traveling and hanging out with friends ... member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... born Aug. 6
Majors: Kinesiology and Biology
"It's always been my dream to be a Badger alongside all the athletes I grew up watching and UW is also an amazing school academically."
||16 at Illinois, 9-23-12
||48 (2x; MR vs. Northwestern, 9-21-12)
||.500 (13-2-22), vs. Cal State Northridge, 8-31-12
||2 (3x; MR at Iowa, 10-13-12)
||3 at N.C. State, 9-21-13
||14 (3x; MRat Iowa, 10-13-12)
||6 at Michigan, 10-8-11
||17.5 at N.C. State, 9-2-11
Off the court with Crystal Graff
Favorites - Spot on campus: Memorial Union; Movie: The Proposal; Food: Pizza; TV Show: Arrested Development; Book: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; Car: Audi; Musical artist: Ellie Goulding; Athlete: Aaron Rodgers; Volleyball Player: Kerri Walsh; Sports team: Badgers
First started volleyball: Fourth grade
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: My teammates and the lasting friendships I've made with them.
Before each match, I: Relax and try to have fun with my team before focusing in on the game plan
Best UW road trip: Going to California for non-conference season last year
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Ohio State
One word that describes me: Calm
My teammates say I am: Open-minded
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Go the docks on the lake
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Winning Gatorade Player of the Year two years in high school.
This summer, I: took a class for my kinesiology major, took a trip with my family to St. Thomas, hung out with my teammates
Is there something significant about your uniform number? It was the same number I played with in high school
The best thing about the Field House is: The fans
My goal for this year is: To help the team get back to the top of the Big Ten as well as NCAA standings.
Dream as a collegiate player: To win an NCAA championship
Who is the funniest player on the team? Caroline
Who is the best-dressed player on the team? Ito
Who is the sloppiest player on the team? Caroline
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? Still going to school at UW
The best thing about Madison is: The lakes
Fantasy job/career: Sports medicine doctor
Persons most admired/role model: My sister
My most prized possession is: My computer
I can't live without: My phone
My secret addiction is: Almonds
The best sporting event I ever attended was: The Rose Bowl last year
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Computer
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Greece
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Ellen Chapman because she's such a cool gal.
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Ellen Chapman
If I had a million dollars: I would buy a boat and take my teammates out on Lake Mendota.
How would you like to change the world? I would like to become a doctor and help people get better with whatever illnesses or injuries they may come across.
My bucket list includes: Traveling the world
Post-college plans/goals: Attend medical school
Most famous person I've ever met: President Barack Obama
What are you most thankful for? My family and the opportunities they've provided me with including attending college and playing a sport there.
What are you passionate about? School and volleyball
What does it mean to be a Badger?
"It means so much to me to be a Badger since I grew up idolizing Badger sports teams. To now be on one myself is a dream come true."