UW Health Sports Medicine 

Kelli Bates
Kelli  Bates


Bradley, Ill.

High School:



Honors: Member of the 2015 Big Ten Conference All-Star tour of Europe ... 2014 Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... 2014 Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Nov. 24)

Has started all 14 matches and played in all 50 sets ... leads team and ranks 12th in the Big Ten with 3.20 kills per set ... has double-figure kills in ten matches, putting away a season-high 16 kills vs. North Carolina (Sept. 4) ... has five double-doubles ... added 16 digs vs. Illinois (Sept. 30) and 14 digs vs. Colgate (Aug. 29) ... adds 2.72 digs per set ... has seven service aces on the season, averaging 0.14 per set, and tying a career high with two aces vs. Georgia (Sept. 10) ... also adds 0.50 blocks per set ... has a season-high three blocks in five matches

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 (28) and one sister Kara (24) ... brother played football and basketball in college ... sister was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference outside hitter at Ball State ... born March 22 ... major is undeclared

Why Wisconsin?

"The culture and tradition makes Wisconsin a very special place to play - only a few players get this kind of opportunity!"


Match Highs
Kills: 17 vs. Illinois, 11-19-14
50 vs. Illinois, 11-19-14
%: .500 (11-1-20) vs. Rutgers, 10-10-14
Assists: 5 at Colorado State, 9-6-14
Aces:  2 (2x; MR at Georgia, 9-10-15)
Digs: 19 vs. USC, 9-18-14
Blocks: 5.0 at Illinois, 10-4-14
Points: 19.5 vs. Illinois, 11-19-14

Off the Court with Kelli Bates

Favorites - Spot on campus: Terrace; Cartoon Character: Donald Duck; Movie: Elf; Celebrity: Lauren Carlini; Food: Oreos; TV Shows: The Bachelor(ette), Scandal; Book: To Kill a Mockingbird; Car: Jeep; Musical artist: Luke Bryan; Athlete: Sam Dekker; Volleyball Player: Lauren Carlini; Sports team: The Badgers!
First started volleyball: Nine years old
Most memorable volleyball match: Our away game at Michigan where both teams put up a ridiculous battle. Lauren’s serve for match point was an ace that trickled over the net and gave me an anxiety attack mid-point.
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: We all look cool when we scoot together
Before each match, I: Eat a power popsicle and shake what my mama gave me
Best UW road trip: Seattle
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Purdue
One word that describes the team: Inspiring
One word that describes me: Selfless
My teammates say I am: the coolest of the cool
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Go to the docks at the Terrace
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Winning the Big Ten championship
This summer, I: Took classes, worked out every day, went to Europe for the B1G European tour
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 loyal fans and Bucky
If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: Let the attackers touch the 10-foot line when they have a back-row attack
If I was Coach Sheffield for the day, I would: Buy the whole team Lululemon gear
What is your favorite Coach Sheffield saying? Never let anyone question your heart
My “Bucky” List includes: Windsurf on the lake, eat at all of the restaurants on State Street
Dream as a collegiate player: National championships for the rest of my time here
What would you be doing if you weren’t playing collegiate volleyball? Playing with my dog
The best thing about Madison is: Badger volleyball
Fantasy job/career: Get paid to play with puppies
Persons most admired/role models: Both my parents and siblings are the best role models I could have ever asked for
My most prized possession is: Big Ten championship ring
I can’t live without: Oreos, sweets, etc.
My secret addiction is: Making paninis
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I can only wiggle my left ear
The best sporting event I ever attended was: One time I went to an Angels vs. Cardinals baseball game
Nobody knows how much I love to: Sleep
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Fric’s dads cinnamon muffins
If I could live any place in the world it would be: An island far, far away
A non-athletic talent I have is: I can type on the computer really fast - lightening fingers
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: To dance
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Haleigh, I always wonder what goes through her head throughout the day
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Buddy the Elf
If I had a million dollars, I would: Save it for a rainy day
How would you like to change the world? Teach little tikes how to play volleyball
My bucket list includes: Skydiving, traveling the world, owning multiple labradoodles
Post-college plans/goals: Travel, start working, possibly keep playing volleyball
What are you most thankful for? My family, best friends, teammates, and coaches!
What are you passionate about? Volleyball, my friends
My favorite quote or motto is: Anything said by Haleigh is normally a classic
The best advice I have ever gotten is: Never give up!
My worst habit is: Cracking my knuckles
I am afraid of: Birds and snakes

What does it mean to be a Badger?

"Being a Badger means that you show value and heart with everything you do. Whenever you are wearing the W, you represent hard work and determination."

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