Julie Mikaelsen
Julie Mikaelsen

RS Senior

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

2013: 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!"

Season SP MP/MS K/S % A/S SA/S D/S B/S Pts P/S
2010 78 25/20 2.24 .176 0.15 0.19 1.22 0.50 212.0 2.72
2011 67 25/0 1.24 .140 0.07 0.01 0.21 0.45 100.0 1.49
2012 118 33/22 2.63 .246 0.12 0.03 1.18 0.59 352.5 2.98
Career 263 83/42 2.16 .208 0.12 0.08 0.94 0.53 664.5 2.52
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: 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:
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:
One word that describes me:
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 Hawai'i 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 six (!) guys, and had a ton of fun with my friends
Is there something significant about your uniform number?
It's an even number
The best thing about the Field House is:
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 it's supposed to be - the NCAA tournament
Who is the funniest player on the team?
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. They always wanted to try. and they tried until the got it right. It was the most eye-opening experience of 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:
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:
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 needy 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?
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, a.k.a. 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!"

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