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Haleigh Nelson
Haleigh  Nelson


Cary. N.C.

High School:
Cardinal Gibbons



Honors: 2014 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American ... 2014 AVCA All-Northeast Region ... 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: Played in 34 matches, starting 33, and 114 sets ... led the team with a .359 hitting percentage, which ranked second in the Big Ten and 54th nationally ... ranked fifth on the team with 2.28 kills per set ... had double-figure kills in eight matches ... tied her career high with 16 kills at Michigan (Nov. 7) ... led the team in kills in four matches ... had a career-high two assists at Rutgers (Nov. 26) ... ranked fourth on the team with 18 service aces (0.16/set) after not serving at all as a freshman ... had a career-high three aces vs. Miami (Sept. 12) ... led the team in aces in five matches ... added 0.68 digs per set ... had a career-high six digs at Colorado State (Sept. 6) and vs. Ohio State (Dec. 12) ... led the team with 1.33 blocks per set, which ranked third in the Big Ten and 31st nationally ... led the team in blocks in 19 matches

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: Seventh 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
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 most admired/role models: Peyton Manning
My most prized possession is: 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, S.C.
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
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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