Of Note:Played with the Norwegian National team during the summer of 2011 and 2012
Honors: 2012 InnTowner Invitatioal MVP ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Oct. 31, 2010 ... 2011 and 2012 Academic All-Big Ten
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)
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
"Because the campus is beautiful, the Field House is pretty cool and one of a kind, and the team is great!"
19 (2x; MR vs. Illinois, 10-26-12)
56 at Purdue, 11-23-12
.727 (9-1-11) vs. Northwestern, 10-1-10
3 vs. Toledo, 9-11-10
2 (3x; MR at Ohio State, 11-14-10)
15 vs. Indiana, 10-19-12
8 vs. Illinois, 10-26-12
24.0 vs. Illinois, 10-26-12
Off the Court with Julie
Favorites - Spot on campus: Memorial Union Terrace and the Field House; Cartoon Character: Arnold from "Hey Arnold"; Movies: Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption; Food: Norwegian meatballs that my grandma cooks for me every time I go visit her; TV Shows: Friday Night Lights, Big Bang Theory; Book: I really enjoy reading the books of Camilla lackberg, a Swedish writer; Car: As long as it gets me from point A to point B I don't really care that much about cars; Musical artists: Pink, Red Hot Chili Peppers; Athletes: Usain Bolt, Petter Northug Volleyball Player: I really enjoy watching Dante Ameral and Leandro Vissotto on the Brazilian men's national team. I also enjoy watching Japan's women's team play; Sports team: Badgers, obviously First started volleyball: I was probably 16 or 17 Most memorable volleyball match: There are so many, both in Madison and with the national team. My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: The fans, the Field House, the team and the people around us Before each match, I: eat Best UW road trip: going to Long Beach last year was a pretty fun trip, we got to spend 30 minutes on the beach and many hours at the hotel, but it is always fun to travel with this team so every trip is great. Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Nebraska, can't wait to see and play in their new gym One word that describes the team: Goofy One word that describes me: Food My teammates say I am: A teammate and friend Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: relax, make food, hang out Most memorable volleyball achievement: Getting a full ride to the University of Wisconsin This summer, I: took two classes, went to Hawaii with my sister for eight days, spent some time with my sister in Madison. Layed on the docks with the team. Moved into my new apartment with 6(!) guys, and had a ton of fun with my friends Is there something significant about your uniform number? Its an even number The best thing about the Field House is: everything If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: to stop changing volleyball rules My goal for this year is: to win the Big Ten and to go to the NCAA tournament Dream as a collegiate player: Take this team where its supposed to be - the NCAA tournament Who is the funniest player on the team? Dom Who is the best-dressed player on the team? Tori or Ellen What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? Hopefully playing pro in Europe or playing beach in Brazil The best thing about Madison is: The campus, the terrace, the BADGERS Fantasy job/career: Pro indoor or beach player Persons most admired/role models: I really admire the kids that I worked with before I came here. They were kids with disabilities, but they never gave up on anything, that always wanted to try and they tried until the got it right. It was the most eye-opening experience in my life My most prized possession are: my photos Favorite childhood memory: Being outside playing all day and night I can't live without: Food, just ask my teammates, I always eat My secret addiction is: Sparkling water, or its probably not that secret The best sporting event I ever attended was: Badger football game and World Tour in Stavanger Norway, it's a beach volleyball tour. Nobody knows how much I love to: read a good book Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Skype If I could live any place in the world it would be: I want to live everywhere, but when I get old and get a family Norway for sure. A non-athletic talent I have is: Eating? Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: Singing and dancing If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Nelson Mandela, because he is one of those people you just wonder how he thinks and he is a great person in my eyes If I had a million dollars: I would travel the world and donate the rest How would you like to change the world? That's a though one, there is so much I want to do, I would like to go to Africa and help the needing children there My bucket list includes: Skydiving, going to India, Thailand, New Zealand, China, Africa, climb high mountains, snorkeling on the most amazing places, learn how to surf Post-college plans/goals: Play in Europe or somewhere else Most famous person I've ever met: Marcio, a brazilian beach volleyball player My dream date would be: surprise me What are you most thankful for? Being able to play at a high level while getting a college degree What are you passionate about? Volleyball My favorite quote or motto is: Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best. Also the sky is the limit The best advice I have ever gotten is: If you have the opportunity to do something awesome, don't be afraid, just jump into it and do it I am afraid of: Speaking in front of a large crowd, aka my class of 20 people
What does it mean to be a Badger?
"It means being part of something that is so great that you cant explain it. Traveling home wearing my Badger gear, I have people all over Europe yelling 'Go Badgers' at me. It amazes me how big of a community it is!"