Deme Morales Photo Gallery | 2011 Match-By-Match Stats | 2012 Match-by-Match Stats
Of Note: Versatile player who can play front row or defensive specialist ... has a powerful top-spin jump serve
Honors: 2013 NCAA Championship All-Tournament ... 2013 NCAA Regional All- Tournament ... 2013 InnTowner Invitational All-Tournament ... 2012 Georgia Southern Invitational All-Tournament Team ... 2012 and 2013 Academic All-Big Ten
2014: Has started 14 matches, played in all 32 matches and 107 sets ... ranks fifth on the squad with 1.48 digs per set ... had a season-high 11 digs at Purdue (Oct. 29) before upping her season-high and career-high to 19 digs vs. Illinoiw (Nov. 19) ... has five-or-more digs in 16 matches ... adds 0.23 kills per set ... recorded 10 kills and eight digs against Florida A&M (Sept. 6) ... put up a season-high two assists against USC (Sept. 18), vs. Rutgers (Oct. 10) and at Purdue (Oct. 29) ... also put up a season-best two blocks against Rutgers (Oct. 10) ... has 18 assists on the season, averaging 0.17 assists per set
2013: Played in all 38 matches, starting 36 on the left side ... averaged 2.78 kills per set, second on the team ... recorded a career-high 20 kills vs. Purdue (Dec. 14) in the NCAA Regional final to lead the Badgers to the national semifinals ... tied her career-high with 18 digs vs. Illinois (Oct. 27) ... tallied 17 kills and 13 digs to record first ever double-double vs. Kansas (Sept. 13) ... ranks second on the team with 19 double-doubles ... recorded a career-high five blocks at Northwestern (Nov. 30) ... also had a career-high four assists in three different matches ... had double-figure kills and double-figure digs in 24 matches ... averaged 2.76 digs per set, third on the team ... had three service aces at North Dakota State (Sept. 7) and at Ohio State (Oct. 11), tying her career best ... totaled 23 service aces on the season ... one of the team's primary passers, getting aced only 26 times in 751 reception attempts (.965) ... added 0.27 blocks per set
2012: Played in 30 matches, starting 13, and 104 sets ... played back row for left-side hitter or all the way around ... averaged a career-best 1.79 digs per set ... had a career-high 18 digs against Indiana (Oct. 19) ... had double-figure digs in two matches ... added 0.41 kills and 0.14 assists per set ... had a career-high 10 kills against Savannah State (Sept. 14) ... tied her career best with two assists vs. Cal State Northridge (Aug. 31) ... had 20 service aces (0.19/set) ... had a career-high three service aces vs. three different teams this season
2011: Played in 14 matches and 30 sets ... played all the way around vs. Furman (Aug. 27), finishing with seven kills and 10 digs ... had her first career service ace vs. Duke (Aug. 27) ... had her first block vs. Western Carolina (Sept. 3) ... put away three kills vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 17) ... finished with two kills and four digs in her first conference match vs. Illinois (Sept. 25) ... averaged 0.60 kills and 1.33 digs per set
High School: Volleyball Fab 50 ... ranked No. 88 by PrepVolleyball.com ... 2010 Gatorade state Player of the Year ... two-time first-team all-state selection ... earned AVCA Under Armour second-team All-America honors and PrepVolleyball.com All-America honors in 2010 ... three-time all-conference selection, earning conference MVP honors as a senior ... four-time first-team all-district honoree, earning MVP honors as a junior and as a senior ... earned AVCA MaxPreps National Player of the Week honors ... was also the AVCA MaxPreps Ohio Player of the Week twice ... plays with the Maverick Volleyball Club
Personal: Parents are Beth and Aquilino Morales ... has two brothers Ben (30) and Esiah (23) ... enjoys hanging out with friends, doing outside activities and boating ... full name is Maria Demencia ... nickname is Deme
Major: Life Sciences Communication
"I chose Wisconsin because it offered competitive academics as well as athletics. It was a place I could imagine myself if volleyball was out of the picture."
||20 vs. Purdue, 12-14-13
||63 vs. Purdue, 12-14-13
||.769 (10-0-13) vs. Savannah State, 9-14-12
||4 (3x: MR vs. Iowa, 11-10-13)
||3 (5x; MR at Ohio State, 10-11-13)
||19 vs. Illinois, 11-19-14
||5 at Northwestern, 11-30-13
||22.5 vs. Purdue, 12-14-13
Off the Court with Deme Morales
Favorites -Spot on campus: Terrace; Movie: Despicable Me 1 & 2; Food: Ma's home cookin' Holiday: Christmas; TV Show: The Office; Car: White Mazda 3; Musical artist: John Mayer
First started volleyball: Sixth grade
Earliest volleyball memory: Beating Elyria in high school Sectionals
Most memorable volleyball match: Beating Texas
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: The philosophy that has been developed here
Before each match, I: Have a dance off
Best UW road trip: Going to Caroline's house last preseason
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Nebraska
One word that describes the team: Spunky
One word that describes me: Workhorse
My teammates say I am: Inspiring
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Lay out by the docks at the terrace and make food together
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Making it as far as we did in the NCAA tournament
This summer, I: Took an online Rehab Psychology course, volunteered, tanned, practiced volleyball (inside & out), lifted, and read. And of course hung out with friends and teammates as much as I could.
Is there something significant about your uniform number? I've had it since I was five years old. When I was five, I played soccer and wanted number 11, but accidentally told the woman handing out jerseys that I wanted number seven. After I cried because I was wrong, but my dad encouraged me to keep the number because it's lucky. I've been seven ever since.
The best thing about the Field House is: The atmosphere
If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: To provide challenge plays for questionable calls.
My goal for this year is: Win the Big Ten Conference and the National Championship.
Dream as a collegiate player: Continuing playing after college or coach
If you were stranded on an island, which three teammates would you bring with you and why? Haleigh because she can entertain me. Ito because she's tactful and could problem solve quick and Ellen because she could reach the coconuts high in the trees.
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? Playing collegiate soccer.
The best thing about Madison is: The Badger pride every Badger has around the world
Fantasy job/career: Agent
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? Vet
Person(s) most admired/role models: My dad, my coaches, and my teammates
My most prized possession is/are: My semi finalist ring
I can't live without: An alarm
My secret addiction is: Ice cream
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I got hit in the face with a golf club and had to get emergency reconstructive surgery
The community service activity or group I most like: Adaptive Fitness
The best sporting event I ever attended was: Wisconsin vs. Texas
Nobody knows how much I love to: Be outside and enjoy the sun
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Phone
If I could live any place in the world it would be: California
A non-athletic talent I have is: I have an amazing ability to embarrass myself. I've embraced my true talents.
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: Sing
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Kelsey Robinson (of the U.S. National Team) because she's living the dream
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Me
If I had a million dollars, I would: Take my parents on a nice vacation
How would you like to change the world? Inspire people to become ambitious. Chase their dreams and not give up.
My bucket list includes: Traveling the world, hiking a giant mountain, and be able to do a handstand. Those are only a few things I'd like to do though.
Post-college plans/goals: Either continuing playing, or coaching somewhere. If those don't work out finding a job would be important.
Most famous person I've ever met: Kerri Walsh
If I was Coach Sheffield for the day, I would: Play with Lexi and Reagan all day
What is your favorite Kelly saying? Bring it.
My dream date would be: An awesome date would doing something adventurous like paint balling or going to the batting cages. Maybe catch a movie or grab some dinner/ice cream.
What are you most thankful for? Everything I have, people included.
What are you passionate about? Volleyball and caring for others
My favorite quote or motto is: "You can be anything you want in this world. Just don't be ungrateful."
My favorite saying or a phrase I use all the time is: I say, "Here we go." a little too often.
The best advice I have ever gotten is: Don't ever give up on yourself.
My worst habit is: Buying something I think I need and never using it.
I am afraid of: The lake weeds that touch your legs when you jump in the lake. Can't see what's down there!
What does it mean to be a Badger?
"Never give up no matter the cost. You go all out to be a Badger whether that's inside the gym or in the classroom."