Honors: 2014 Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... 2014 Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Nov. 24)
2014: Played in all 34 matches, starting 29, and all 116 sets ... led the team with 2.85 kills per set (331 total) ... record double-figure kills in a team-best 19 matches ... had a career-high 17 kills vs. Illinois (Nov. 19) ... hit .201 on the season ... hit a career-best .500 (11-1-20) vs. Rutgers (Oct. 10) ... added 0.26 assists per set ... had a career-high five assists at Colorado State (Sept. 6) ... had eight service aces on the year (0.07/set) ... had a career-high two aces at Iowa (Nov. 15) ... ranked third on the team with 2.30 digs per set ... had double-figure digs in 11 matches ... had a career-high 19 digs vs. USC (Sept. 18) ... had seven double-doubles on the season ... added 0.59 blocks per set (68 total) ... had a career-high five blocks at Illinois (Oct. 10) ... had a career-high 19.5 points vs. Illinois (Nov. 19)
High School: 2013 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 ... ranked No. 63 on PrepVolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces ... 2013 AVCA Under Armour honorable mention All-American ... was named an AVCA Player of the Week as a freshman ... 2012 and 2013 Kankakee Daily Journal Player of the Year ... wrapped up her high school career as the school record holder for career kills with 1,160 and career digs with 962 ... averaged 4.02 kills, 3.66 digs, 0.56 aces and 0.58 blocks per set while hitting .426 as a senior ... led the Boilermakers to a 29-7 record 2013, defending their All-City title and winning the Red Division of the SouthWest Suburban Conference for the first time in school history ... three-time Southwest Suburban all-conference selection ... four-time all-area pick ... four-time most valuable player for the Boilermakers ... also plays with the Chicago Ultimate Volleyball Club under coach Marco Quintana and club director Erin Lorenz ... earned All-America honors in 2011, leading her team to a third-place finish at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships ... her team finished ninth at the 2012AAU National Championships and 13th in the USA Volleyball Championships
Personal: Parents are Katie and Don Bates ... has one brother Andy (27) and one sister Kara (23) ... brother played football and basketball in college ... sister was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference outside hitter at Ball State ... born March 22 ... intends on majoring in exercise science or kinesiology
"I chose Wisconsin because of the tradition about all aspects of the university. The coaches are successful and are great at bringing a team together. My teammates are cool too!"
||17 vs. Illinois, 11-19-14
||50 vs. Illinois, 11-19-14
||.500 (11-1-20) vs. Rutgers, 10-10-14
||5 at Colorado State, 9-6-14
||2 at Iowa, 11-15-14
||19 vs. USC, 9-18-14
||5.0 at Illinois, 10-4-14
||19.5 vs. Illinois, 11-19-14
Off the Court with Kelli Bates
Favorites - Spot on campus: Terrace; Cartoon Character: Donald Duck; Movie: Horrible Bosses; Celebrity: Josh Duhamel; Food: Taylor Fricano's dad's cinnamon muffins; Holiday: Thanksgiving; TV Show: Keeping Up with the Kardashians (I can't believe I'm saying that); Book: To Kill a Mockingbird; Car: Mustang; Musical artist: Florida Georgia Line; Athlete: Sam Dekker; Volleyball Player: Lauren Carlini; Sports team: Chicago Cubs
First started volleyball: Nine years old
Earliest volleyball memory: When I was nine, I kept trying to serve a jump top on a boy's net and after 729 tries, I finally got it.
Most memorable volleyball match: When our club team was 16, we were playing to get into the Gold bracket of the Open division and we sent a team to three sets by winning the second set 39-37. We still lost but it was pretty nuts
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: When we scoot together, we look like a gang
Before each match, I: Shake what my mama gave me
Best UW road trip: Purdue because their fans are just as loud as ours
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Seattle
One word that describes the team: Hard working
One word that describes me: Selfless
My teammates say I am: The coolest/ugliest freshman on the team
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: eat
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Beating Fusion for the first time at AAU's this past year and knocking them out after losing to them every time we've played them (since we were 15)
This summer, I: came here in late June, took two summer classes, worked out with the team, played in open gyms and worked camps
Is there something significant about your uniform number? Annemarie (Hickey) told me to take hers so that's about as awesome as it get!
The best thing about the Field House is: The reliable fans
If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: Let the outside hitters touch the 10-foot line when they have a back-row attack
My goal for this year is: to help the team make it to the national championship
Dream as a collegiate player: win two-plus national championships and Big Ten championships
If you were stranded on an island, which three teammates would you bring withyou and why? Haleigh, Carol, and Romana. Haleigh and Carol would entertain me for days and Romana can be the tough guy to catch all of our fish to eat
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? Playing with my dog all day every day
The best thing about Madison is: The city is so lively and you get a happy vibe just being on campus
Fantasy job/career: Training little kids to be ballers when they grow up
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? A vet or a teacher
Person most admired/role model: Jordan Larson (U.S. National team) is a baller
My most prized possession is: The medal we got when our club team was 15 for getting third in the national division
Favorite childhood memory: Mastering how to ride my bike around the block without touching the handle bars once
I can't live without: My dog
My secret addiction is: Taylor Fricano's Dad's cinnamon muffins
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I can only wiggle my left ear
The community service activity or group I most like: Encouraging runners to keep pushing through the race
The best sporting event I ever attended was: Our high school football team this past year made it to the second round of playoffs and it was just a good time
Nobody knows how much I love to: eat Taylor Fricano's dad's cinnamon muffins
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Taylor Fricano's dad's cinnamon muffins
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Bora Bora
A non-athletic talent I have is: not a single one
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: Being able to dance
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Lauren Carlini because it's Lauren
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Buddy the Elf
If I had a million dollars, I would: Go to Bora Bora and purchase Taylor Fricano's dad's cinnamon muffins
How would you like to change the world? ELIMINATE WORLD HUNGER
My bucket list includes: traveling the world
Post-college plans/goals: not a single clue, I'm only 18 years old!
Most famous person I've ever met: Lauren Carlini
If I was Coach Sheffield for the day, I would: make my players watch my inch worm
What is your favorite Coach Sheffield saying? Bring It!
My dream date would be: at the Eiffel Tower
What are you most thankful for? My family's support
What are you passionate about? Volleyball duh
My favorite quote or motto is: A dream is a wish your heart makes...
My favorite saying or a phrase I use all the time is: "You have got to be kidding me"
The best advice I have ever gotten is: Never give up
My worst habit is: Cracking my knuckles, eating too many Oreos
I am afraid of: Never being able to eat Oreos
What does it mean to be a Badger?
"It means that you wear your jersey with pride and play for your teammates and the program."