UW Health Sports Medicine 

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 ... ranks second in program history with a career hitting percentage of .344 and seventh in blocks per set (1.22)

2015: Has started all 14 matches and played in all 50 sets ... ranks third on the team with 2.50 kills per set ... set a new career high with 18 kills vs. Arkansas (Sept. 19) ... leads the team and ranks 12th in the Big Ten with a hitting percentage of .372 ... ranks second on the team and seventh in the Big Ten with 1.24 blocks per set ... set a new career high with two block solos vs. Western Kentucky (Aug. 28) ... had a season-high seven blocks at Creighton (Sept. 19) ... set a new career high with four service aces vs. Kent State (Sept. 11) ... has a team-best 12 service aces (0.24/set) ... recorded a season-high four digs at Ohio State (Sept. 27)

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 (15) ... born April 6 ... nickname is Nelly ... advertising chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and member of the Coordinated Leadership Initiative (CLI) ... also volunteers with Badgers Give Back

Major: Marketing

Why Wisconsin?

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

Match Highs
Kills: 18 vs. Arkansas, 9-19-15
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: 4 vs. Kent State, 9-11-15
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; TV Show: Friends; Car: Mine! – a 2008 Honda Accord named Dory; Musical artist: George Strait; Athlete: Apollo Ohno; Volleyball Player: Kerri Walsh-Jennings; Sports team: Chicago Blackhawks
First started volleyball: seventh grade
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: punny
My teammates say I: ask too many questions
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: paddle board on Mendota
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Winning the 2014 B1G title outright
This summer, I: worked out, trained, and spent my days on the docks of Mendota
Is there something significant about your uniform number? It's the luckiest one
The best thing about the Field House is: the tradition
My “Bucky” List includes: sing karaoke at the Terrace, partake in the annual Bascom Hill snowball fight, and paddle board to picnic point
Dream as a collegiate player: win a national championship
What would you be doing if you weren’t playing collegiate volleyball? Riding horses and going to school by the beach
The best thing about Madison is: the people
Fantasy job/career: sports marketing or radio/TV commentator
My most prized possession is: my Big Ten championship ring
I can’t live without: bubble tea
My secret addiction is: Girl Scout Thin Mints
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I'm strangely good at finding four-leaf clovers
If I could live any place in the world it would be: the Australian Sunshine Coast
I wish I could: play the piano
Post-college plans/goals: have a career not a job
My dream date would be: Jim Halpert
The best advice I have ever gotten is: “All you have to do is get one percent better every day”

What does it mean to be a Badger?

"Being a Badger means working harder than anyone else for your dreams."

Volleyball vs Minnesota
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