Taylor Fricano
Taylor Fricano

RS Freshman

Palatine, Ill.

High School:



2013: Redshirt season

High school: Ranked 33rd on the Senior Aces list by PrepVolleyball.com ... 2012 PrepVolleyball.com special mention All-American ... 2012 first-team all-state by the Champaign News Gazette ... earned all-area honors by the Daily Herald and Chicago Sun Times ... named the Mid-Suburban League Player of the Year ... recorded 293 kills, while hitting .339, and added 231 digs, 43 blocks and 41 service aces as a senior ... aided the Pirates to conference and regional championships her final season ... also plays with Sky High Volleyball Club under coach Scott Harris ... team finished fifth at the 2012 AAU Junior Championships and 19th at the 2012 USA Junior Nationals

Personal: Parents are Linn and Anthony Fricano ... has two brothers - Anthony Jr. (21) and Joe (16) ... mother competed in track at Harper College ... nicknames are Tay or Frick ... born Feb. 4 ... enjoys photography, painting, sketching/drawing, art things, cow tipping lol, atuo-mechanic repairs and rehabilitation ... has volunteered to coach volleyball and basketball with her local park district ... also volunteers to take photos of events for the park district

Major: Intends on majoring in law or business

Why Wisconsin?

"I chose Wisconsin because it holds the greatest coaching staff in the nation while also belonging to the most intense conference in the country. It's one of the most prestigious universities in the nation that offers not only a great athletic environment but a priceless education that's irreplaceable and unlike any other."

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Off the Court with Taylor Fricano

Favorites - Spot on campus: State Street; Cartoon Character: Batman; Movie: Forest Gump; Celebrity: Ryan Reynolds; Food: Pizza; TV Shows: The Walking Dead, Awkward, Blue Mountain State; Book: One Mississippi; Car: 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham; Musical artists: Billy Curlington, Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan; Athlete: Kobe Bryant; Volleyball Player: Destinee Hooker; Sports team: The New York Giants
First started volleyball: Freshman year of high school
Most memorable volleyball match: In high school, we had to play Schaumburg for the conference title. We took them to three sets and the final set went 27-25 and we won!
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: Our team (including coaches). We are all just so unique and fun as much as we are determined to get better and win.
Before each match, I: Say a certain phrase (which I will not give out on here) and I do handshakes with all of my teammates.
Best UW road trip: My official visit!
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): My high school, Palatine High School. Our gym is amazing! It has a great atmosphere. It's the best gym in our area, in my opinon.
One word that describes the team: Ready
One word that describes me: Passionate
My teammates say I am: Weird! I'm just really loud and strange! I asked my club team this question and they said really funny, really weird, but really unique. Even though I'm really goofy at times, they know they can come to me about anything. They also said I give good advice.
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Go to the beach!
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Winning MSL player of the year.
This summer, I: took two classes, worked out non stop, went to Nationals in Dallas for club and graduated high school!
Is there something significant about your uniform number? I have a family of five and I want to make them so proud. At Wisconsin when I play, I'm not wearing that jersey for just me, I'm wearing it for my family as well.
The best thing about the Field House is: The new floor!
My goal for this year is: Be a tournament team this year! We're going to make it to the NCAA tournament. I'm sure.
Dream as a collegiate player: I want to win the NCAA tournament sometime in my career and become an All-American.
Who is the funniest player on the team? Kt
Who is the best-dressed player on the team? Ellen
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? I would be playing collegiate basketball
The best thing about Madison is: Our volleyball program
Fantasy job/career: Fashion model
Persons most admired/role models: My parents and my coaches Dan Gavin and Kelly Sheffield
My most prized possession is: My car! She's been through a lot with me and I call her my sister because she's the same age as me. (1995 Nissan Altima - her name is Sadie)
Favorite childhood memory: Going to California and seeing the whales at Sea World
I can't live without: volleyball
My secret addiction is: shopping
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I don't eat beef - at all, never! I haven't eaten it for eight years and I plan on keeping it that way!
Nobody knows how much I love to: Turn old, boring clothes that I don't wear anymore into something new!
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Carlsbad, Calif.
A non-athletic talent I have is: Photography, I'm really good at photography.
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: I wish I was better at fixing cars. I'm okay at it but I would like to be better!
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Beyonce, I would love to have a voice like hers for a day!
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Blake Lively
If I had a million dollars: I would buy a Lamborgini faster than Justin Bieber's
How would you like to change the world? I would like for everyone to have a home and food to eat.
My bucket list includes: Go to Hawaii, go to the Olympics (either playing or not - preferably playing),be able to do the splits, run a marathon, run across the USA from the west coast to the east coast.
Post-college plans/goals: I want to play professionally and try and go to the Olympics.
Most famous person I've ever met: Jackie Joyner-Kersee
My dream date would be: "That's a tough one. I'd have to say April 25th, because it's not too hot, not too cold. All you need is a light jacket." But seriously, a picnic in the summer where we sit in the back of his truck and then stay there till the night comes and we watch the stars.
What are you most thankful for? My family and my health
What are you passionate about? volleyball
My favorite quote or motto is: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay it's not the end."
My favorite saying or a phrase I use all the time is: "It's okay, all God's children."
The best advice I have ever gotten is: "Focus on your career, don't let anyone get in your way."
My worst habit is: Biting my nails
I am afraid of: Heights! They're so tall!

What does it mean to be a Badger?

"Being an incoming freshman I don't know yet, but I can only imagine that feeling. This is the best conference to play in in the nation. You're playing with the greatest and hardest of athletes. Every game is ridiculously hard. There never is a game that won't be intense or passionate and that is something both I and the fans can look forward to this fall season."

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