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Haleigh Nelson
Haleigh Nelson


Cary. N.C.

High School:
Cardinal Gibbons



Honors: 2014 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... 2014 HotelRED Invitational All-Tournament ... 2013 Big Ten All-Freshman ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Sept. 30, 2013

2014: Has started 31 matches and played in 105 sets ... ranks first on the team and third in the Big Ten with a .388 hitting percentage ... has hit .400 percent or better in 17 matches ... leads the team with 1.30 blocks per set, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten ... had a season-high seven blocks vs. Iowa (Oct. 22) and again vs. Western Michigan (Dec. 4) ... had six blocks in seven matches ... has at least two blocks in all 32 matches ... adds 2.42 kills per set, which ranks fourth on the team ... has double-figure kills in eight matches, putting away a career-high 16 at Michigan (Nov. 7) ... had a career-high six digs at Colorado State (Sept. 6) ... averaging 0.67 digs per set ... averaging 0.16 service aces per set with 17 aces on the season ... had a career-high three aces vs. Miami (Sept. 12) ... also had two aces at Northern Colorado (Sept. 5), at Rutgers (Nov. 26) and during both matches against Iowa (Oct. 22, Nov. 15)

Started 37 of 38 matches and played in 145 of 136 sets ... finished second on the team in hitting percentage at .318, which was tied for ninth in the Big Ten ... led the team with 1.13 blocks per set, which ranked seventh in the Big Ten ... tallied career bests of 16 kills at Michigan (Nov. 23) and 10 blocks at Nebraska (Oct. 5) ... had 14 kills vs. Minnesota (Nov. 27) ... collected nine blocks to lead the team in the NCAA National Championship game vs. Penn State (Dec. 21) ... hit a career-best .727 (8-0-11) at NDSU (Sept. 7) ... averaged 1.74 kills per set ... had double-figure kills in seven matches, including the last three regular season matches ... recorded a careerbest three digs at NDSU (Sept. 7) ... put up three-or-more blocks in 30 matches and five-or-more in 17 matches ... hit over .300 in 23 matches and .400-or-more in 12 matches

High school: AVCA Under Armour All-America first team ... guided Cardinal Gibbons High School to four-straight 3A state championships ... named state tournament most valuable player honors as a senior ... named the 2012 Carolina 6 Conference Player of the Year ... three-time all-conference selection ... also plays with Triangle Volleyball Club ... named the 2011 winner of the Triangle Award for leadership ... named a top-10 star at the 2012 Lone Star Classic ... earned all-tournament honors at the Carolina Region championship ... an excellent student with a 4.25 grade point average ... member of the National Honor Society

Personal: Parents are Harold and Suzette Nelson, and Vanessa Nelson ... has one sister - Hannah (12) ... born April 6

Major: Business

Why Wisconsin?

"Because it's the world's best university"


Match Highs
Kills: 16 (2x; MR at Michigan, 11-7-14)
30 at Michigan, 11-7-14
%: .727 (8-0-11) at North Dakota State, 9-7-13
Assists: 2 at Rutgers, 11-26-14
Aces: 3 vs. Miami, 9-12-14
Digs: 6 vs. Colorado State, 9-6-14
Blocks: 10 at Nebraska, 10-5-13
Points: 20.5 at Michigan, 11-7-14

Off the Court with Haleigh Nelson

Favorites - Spot on campus: the Terrace; Movie: Iron Man; Celebrity: Robert Downey Jr.; Food: Philly Cheesesteaks; Holiday: 4th of July; TV Show: 24; Book: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy; Car: mine! '08 Honda Accord named Dory; Musical artist: George Strait; Athlete: Apollo Ohno; Volleyball Player: Kerri Walsh-Jennings; Sports team: Carolina Hurricanes
First started volleyball (age/grade): 7th grade
Earliest volleyball memory: middle school team camp
Most memorable volleyball match: 2013 National Semifinal vs Texas
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: my team
Before each match, I: tie my bow
Best UW road trip: Seattle for the final four
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Nebraska
One word that describes the team: family
One word that describes me: energetic
My teammates say I: ask too many questions
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: paddle board
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Making it to the 2013 NCAA National Championship match
This summer, I: took classes and went to the lake
Is there something significant about your uniform number? it's lucky
The best thing about the Field House is: the tradition
If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: that I can block the other team's second contact
My goals for this year are: to win a Big Ten title and national championship
Dream as a collegiate player: to win a national championship
If you were stranded on an island, which three teammates would you bring with you and why? I'd bring Ito to fit into small spaces, Deme because she can "wrestle a bear," and Ellen cause she's the tallest so we could eat her first lol
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? speed skating or professional water sports
The best thing about Madison is: the summers
Fantasy job/career: professional whitewater kayaker
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? a veterinarian
Person(s) most admired/role models: Peyton Manning
My most prized possession is/are: my twitter account
Favorite childhood memory: going to the hospital to meet my little sister
I can't live without: lululemon
My secret addiction is: chocolate-covered strawberries
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: my dream pet is a domesticated raccoon
The community service activity or group I most like: Habitat for Humanity
The best sporting event I ever attended was: 2013 NCAA Volleyball Final Four
Nobody knows how much I love to: swim
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Netflix
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Charleston, SC
A non-athletic talent I have is: cooking
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: singing
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Erica Hosseini the pro surfer so I can make money riding waves all day
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Blake Lively
If I had a million dollars, I would: learn how to do as many new things as I can like play the piano and ski
How would you like to change the world? by spreading a little kindness whenever I can
My bucket list includes: Learn how to ski, raft down the Colorado River, climb Mount Everest, perfect my juggling, invent something, do a triathlon, go to grad school
Post-college plans/goals: to have a career, not a job
Most famous person I've ever met: Lauren Carlini
If I was Coach Sheffield for the day, I would: make Haleigh Nelson a 6-rotation middle
What is your favorite Kelly saying? "Where's Ito?"
My dream date would be: with someone who can laugh at a scary movie
What are you most thankful for? I can't pick out just one thing, my entire life has been an incredible gift
What are you passionate about? life
My favorite quote or motto is: Carpe diem
My favorite saying or a phrase I use all the time is: LOL
The best advice I have ever gotten is: "All you have to do is get 1 percent better every day"
My worst habit is: online shopping
I am afraid of: spiders

What does it mean to be a Badger?

"Being a Badger means everything. It's such an honor to represent UW and we're lucky to get to play our favorite game while getting a college education at the same time."

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