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Julie Mikaelsen
Julie  Mikaelsen


Askim, Norway

High School:
Sand Vidaregåande School



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Julie Mikaelsen Photo Gallery | 2010 Match By Match Stats | 2011 Match By Match Stats | 2012 Match-by-Match Stats

Of Note: 2013 team tri-captain ...Played with the Norwegian National team during the summer of 2011 and 2012

Honors: 2012 InnTowner Invitational MVP ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Oct. 31, 2010 ... 2011 and 2012 Academic All-Big Ten

2014: Has played in 11 matches and 13 sets ... recorded her first 4.5 points of the season with four kills and a block assist against Florida A&M (Sept. 6) ... also had one dig against the Rattlers and at Rutgers (Nov. 26) ... was a perfect 2-0-2 on the attack against Ball State (Sept. 13) ... added one kill on three attempts at Northwestern (Oct. 1) and one kill on four attempts against Rutgers (Oct. 10) ... put up her first assist of the season against Michigan State (Nov. 9)

Redshirt season after breaking her foot in preseason practice

2012: Played in all 33 matches, starting 22, and all 118 sets ... ranked third on the team with 2.63 kills per set ... had double-figure kills in 16 matches, including tying her career high with 19 vs. Illinois (Oct. 26) ... set a new career-high in blocks with eight vs. the Illini ... ranked fourth on the team with 0.59 blocks per set ... added 1.18 digs per set ... had double -figure digs in four matches ... started playing all six rotations vs. Michigan State (Oct. 5) and played all the way around the rest of the season ... had a career-high 15 digs against Indiana (Oct. 19)

2011: Played in 25 matches and 67 sets ... averaged 1.24 kills per set ... had double-figure kills in one match, a season-high 11 at Ohio State (Oct. 2) ... added 0.21 digs and 0.45 blocks per set

2010: Played in 78 sets and 25 matches, starting 20 ... missed the last five matches of the season with a head injury ... finished fourth on the team with 2.24 kills per set ... had double-digit kills in seven matches ... tallied a career best 19 kills at Northwestern (Nov. 6) ... had double-digit kills in seven matches ... led the team in kills in three matches ... ranked fourth on the team with 39 total blocks (0.50 per set) ... had a career-high five blocks against Michigan, including three block solos (Oct. 30) ... added 1.22 digs and 0.19 service aces per set ... had a career-high seven digs at Illinois (Nov. 3) ... had a career-best two service aces in three matches

High school: Played with Stavanger University club team in 2009-10 ... aided Stavanger to the Elite League championship ... member of the Norwegian Junior National Team since 2006 ... joined the under-17 in 2006, aiding her team to a fifth-place finish in the Nordic Championships ... played in the 2007 European Championships with the under-18 national team and in the 2007 World Championships with the under-20 national team ... played with the Norwegian National team in 2008, playing a match against Estonia ... competed in the 2008 Nordic Championships with the under-19 national team, being named team captain and outstanding hitter of the tournament ... traveled to Japan in September of 2008, practicing with some of the top teams in that country ... competed in beach volleyball at the 2008 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, Australia ... played for Topp Volley Norway, which is in the highest league in the country ... has received numerous MVP honors during her career ... an outstanding team handball player, she represented her region in a number of tournaments, including national championships

Personal: Nickname is Jules ... parents are Hilde Mikaelsen and Jens-Peter Christensen ... has one sister Sofie (19) ... enjoys playing reading, cooking and relaxing with friends ... has volunteered at youth volleyball clinics ... born March 20

Major: Sociology

Why Wisconsin?

"Because the campus is beautiful, the Field House is pretty cool and one of a kind, and the team is great!"


Match Highs
Kills: 19 (2x; MR vs. Illinois, 10-26-12)
Attempts: 56 at Purdue, 11-23-12
%: .727 (9-1-11) vs. Northwestern, 10-1-10
Assists: 3 vs. Toledo, 9-11-10
Aces: 2 (3x; MR at Ohio State, 11-14-10)
Digs: 15 vs. Indiana, 10-19-12
Blocks: 8 vs. Illinois, 10-26-12
Points: 24.0 vs. Illinois, 10-26-12

Off the Court with Julie

Favorites - Spot on campus: Terrace and picnic point; Cartoon Character: Arnold in Hey Arnold; Movie: Green Mile or Shawshank Redemption; Food: My grandma's cooking; Holiday: Christmas; TV Show: Criminal Minds; Book: Stieg Larsson triology; Car: Gary's yellow Jeep; Musical artists: Adele, James Morrison, Red Hot Chili Peppers; Athlete: Petter Northug, Norwegian skier; Volleyball Player: Dante and Giba, two of Brazils national team members (men's volleyball); Sports team: Badgers
First started volleyball: around 10th grade
Earliest volleyball memory: Playing in gym class
Most memorable volleyball match: playing with the national team at home in Norway for the first time, all my friends were at the game and it was really sweet. Also of course Texas game in the national semis in 2013.
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: the fans, the team and the culture
Before each match, I: put on my kneepads and my shoes, and think through what I'm supposed to do
Best UW road trip: Seattle
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Nebraska probably, they always have a great crowd who cheer for good volleyball and it is always exciting to play there
One word that describes the team: Energetic
One word that describes me: Loving
My teammates say I am: Genuine
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Making food and relax
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Becoming a Badger and meeting all of these great girls
This summer, I: Took a Class, worked camps, went to Colorado for a week with my best friend and spent a lot of time in the sun with the girls on the team
The best thing about the Field House is: That it's our gym, I love it
If you were stranded on an island, which three teammates would you bring with you and why? I don't know, it would be way to hard to pick only three
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? I would probably be playing somewhere else in the world or traveling a lot.
The best things about Madison are: The terrace, the people and the athletics
Fantasy job/career: Volleyball pro at first then a job working with children or helping people in other countries
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to be a firefighter
Persons most admired/role models: my parents, grandparents and my best friend at home
My most prized possession is/are: my pictures, and my memories of everything I've experienced so far
Favorite childhood memory: Playing outside and going to Denmark every summer to visit my grandparents
I can't live without: Food
My secret addiction is: Breakfast sandwiches
The community service activity or group I most like: Badgers give back
The best sporting event I ever attended was: World tour in Stavanger (beach volleyball grand slam)
Nobody knows how much I love to: Travel but everyone probably knows that by now
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Skype and the cell phone
If I could live any place in the world it would be: I want to live in New Zeeland, Brazil, Greece, Denmark and Norway
A non-athletic talent I have is: Braiding hair
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: Signing and dancing
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? I would trade place with Dalai Lama to see how he looks at the world and get a different perspective.
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Cameron Diaz, I think she's hilarious
If I had a million dollars, I would: travel the world and give back to people as much as I could
How would you like to change the world? I want to travel to experience new cultures so I can bring it back with me so I can teach my family and friends about different cultures and different values
My bucket list includes (things you dream about doing): Travel everywhere and learn new cultures and standards of living. I want to explore and learn new languages
Post-college plans/goals: Play somewhere pro
Most famous person I've ever met: Kerri Walsh and other beach volleyball players
If I was Coach Sheffield for the day, I would: Run practice like normal
What is your favorite Kelly saying? Bring it
My dream date would be: A surprise
What are you most thankful for? My teammates, friends, family and all the experiences I've had
What are you passionate about? Volleyball and doing what is right
My favorite saying or a phrase I use all the time is: Smile, I always try to meet everyday with a big smile
The best advice I have ever gotten is: To jump into new things, don't over think everything in life, You have to step outside your comfort zone for great things to happen.
I am afraid of: Humongous snakes

What does it mean to be a Badger?

"It means giving your all in everything you do. And it means the world to me, I am so happy I'm able to be a part of something so great.

Volleyball vs Minnesota
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