Honors: 2013 Big Ten All-Freshman ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Sept. 30, 2013
2013: 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
"Because it's the world's best university"
||16 at Michigan, 11-23-13
||29 (2x; MR at Minnesota, 11-27-13)
||.727 at North Dakota State, 9-7-13
||1 (4x; MR vs. Purdue, 12-14-13)
||3 at North Dakota State, 9-7-13
||10 at Nebraska, 10-5-13
||18.5 at Michigan, 11-23-13
Off the Court with Haleigh Nelson
Favorites - Spot on campus: docks at Porter Boathouse; Cartoon Character: Tweety Bird; Movie: Iron Man; Celebrity: Bradley Cooper; Food: Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit; TV Show: Friday Night Lights; Car: Mine - a 2008 Honda Accord; Musical artist: Tim McGraw; Athlete: Apollo Ohno; Volleyball Player: Kerri Walsh-Jennings; Sports team: Indianapolis Colts
First started volleyball: Seventh grade
Most memorable volleyball match: High school state championship match my senior season
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: the Field House
Before each match, I: don't really do anything special
Best UW road trip: I'm so pumped for the trip to Malibu!
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Definitely my old high school, Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh, N.C. Love that place and my old teammates.
One word that describes the team:driven
One word that describes me: influential
My teammates say I am: selfless
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: go to the beach
Most memorable volleyball achievement: winning the high school state championship my senior season
This summer, I: Came to UW to go to summer classes and work out with the team and went to USAV Junior Nationals in Dallas
The best thing about the Field House is: the tradition
If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: that the middle can't reach over the plane of the net to block the other setter's second contact
My goal for this year is: to improve every day and succeed in whatever my role becomes
Dream as a collegiate player:to win a national championship
Who is the funniest player on the team? Kt
Who is the best-dressed player on the team? Ellen
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball?probably playing and working for dreams in something else
The best thing about Madison is: Lake Mendota
Fantasy job/career:Athletic trainer for an NFL team
Favorite childhood memory: the day I learned how to ride a bike without training wheels
I can't live without: Lululemon
My secret addiction is: chocolate-covered strawberries
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I can kind of juggle? It's shaky, but sometimes possible
The community service activity or group I most like:Habitat for Humanity
The best sporting event I ever attended was: 2012 NCAA Volleyball Final Four
Nobody knows how much I love to: sing. Actually lots of people know that.
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Netflix
harIf I could live any place in the world it would be: Cleston, S.C.
A non-athletic talent I have is: solving word search puzzles
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: gymnastic abilities
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Nastia Liukin so I can finally touch my toes
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Blake Lively please
If I had a million dollars: I'd pimp my ride
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: Grad school for physical therapy or athletic training
Most famous person I've ever met: Kerri Walsh-Jennings
My dream date would be: That's a tough one. I'd have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.
What are you most thankful for? My friends and family because they've always been such a solid support system, and they've cheered me on every time I've set a new goal or set out to achieve my dreams.
What are you passionate about? My future
The best advice I have ever gotten is: Your only limitations are those you set in your mind or permit others to set up for you.
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."