Tori Blake Photo Gallery
Of Note: Graduated high school early and joined the Badgers for the 2013 spring semester
2013: Played in 14 matches, starting one, and 22 sets ... had one dig and two blocks vs. Iona (Aug. 30) ... recorded a career-high two kills vs. Colgate (Sept. 21) ... recorded one kill and one block at Purdue (Nov. 2) ... tallied one kill and two blocks at Northwestern (Nov. 30) and vs. Milwaukee (Dec. 6) ... averaged 0.23 kills and 0.41 blocks per set
High School: Ranked 89th nationally by PrepVolleyball.com ... top-10 finalist for Miss Michigan Volleyball ... 2012 AVCA Under Armour All-America honorable mention honors ... set school records for block solos, block assists and total blocks as a junior ... third-team all-state as a junior ... two-time all-conference and all-region ... member of the Midland Daily News Dream Team ... aided her team to three conference championships ... team also won the regional title in 2012 ... played club volleyball with Michigan Volleyball Academy under coach Jesse Ortiz ... also an outstanding track athlete, finishing second in the high jump at the state championship as a junior ... member of the National Honor Society ... three-year member of the honor roll
Personal: Parents are Gregg and Lynda Blake ... sister Dani (19), plays basketball at Michigan Tech ... born April 7 ... full name is Victoria ... nickname is Bambi ... intends to major in business
"I chose the University of Wisconsin because it is the ultimate package. The atmosphere of the campus is so energetic, the players on the team are like family, there are excellent academics here, and I could not see myself going anywhere else!"
||2 vs. Colgate, 9-21-13
||2 (3x; MR vs. Milwaukee, 12-6-13)
||1.000 (3x; MR at Northwestern, 11-30-13)
||1 vs. Iona, 8-30-13
||2 (3x; MR vs. Milwaukee, 12-6-13)
||2.5 vs. Colgate, 9-21-13
Off the Court with Tori Blake
Favorites - Spot on campus: Terrace; Cartoon Character: Either Popeye or Tweedy; Movie: The Blind Side; Celebrity: Morgan Freeman; Food: Plain spaghetti; TV Show: Duck Dynasty; Book: Tuesdays with Morrie; Car: old muscle cars; Musical artist: I listen to everything; Athlete: Muhammad Ali; Volleyball Player: Kerri Walsh (she is a mom and an Olympian); Sports team: Detroit Lions
First started volleyball: Seventh grade when I was 12
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: My teammates. We all have our own personalities and quirks, but they all fit together in a weird and quirky way.
Before each match, I: Listen to music
Best UW road trip: well the only one I have been on is going to Minnesota this past summer!
One word that describes the team: enthusiastic
One word that describes me: Smiles
My teammates say I am: Thankful
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: go swimming at the docks
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Player of the week back in Michigan
This summer, I: took an online class and spent almost every day outside while I studied on the docks, went swimming A LOT, worked some Badger volleyball summer camps, took a ferry (the SS Badger of course) to Lake Leelanau for the 4th of July to go boating, swimming, grilling, chill by the campfire and watch fireworks!
Is there something significant about your uniform number? I like the number 10 I guess
The best thing about the Field House is: the NEW shiny floors
If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: you can touch the net when you block
My goal for this year is: NCAA champions
Dream as a collegiate player: All-American
Who is the funniest player on the team? Ito
Who is the best-dressed player on the team? Carol
Who is the sloppiest player on the team? Mmm... we all have our moments!
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? High jumping
The best thing about Madison is: The terrace
Fantasy job/career: owning a company
Persons most admired/role models: Grandparents
My most prized possession is: my health
Favorite childhood memory: Swimming in my grandparents' lake
I can't live without: Chocolate milk
My secret addiction is: Jules' cinnamon rolls
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I was in my high school's marching band
The community service activity or group I most like: Relay for life
The best sporting event I ever attended was: UW football games in general. (Jump Around put it over any other event I have ever been to)
Nobody knows how much I love to: Sing at the top of my lungs when I'm alone
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: M&Ms
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Somewhere in Europe
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: Singing
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Misty May because I would want to know what it felt like to win the Olympics
Who would star as you in the story of your life? Rapunzel from Tangled
If I had a million dollars: I would travel the world and donate the rest
How would you like to change the world? More laughter
My bucket list includes: Traveling the world!
Post-college plans/goals: More volleyball
Most famous person I've ever met: Does touching Scotty McCreerys' boot at a concert count?
If I was Coach Sheffield for the day, I would: Throw a party in the Field House
My dream date would be: On the beach
What are you most thankful for? My friends
What are you passionate about? This sport
My favorite quote or motto is: ``Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." -Muhammad Ali
My favorite saying or a phrase I use all the time is: It's all good
The best advice I have ever gotten is: It is not enough to keep your head up. Keep your head up, and then work twice as hard as you ever have for whatever it is that you want.
My worst habit is: My closet can get really messy really fast
I am afraid of: SPIDERS! I still have to ask other people to kill them
What does it mean to be a Badger?
"You give everything your all. If you want something, you have to focus all of your energy and time on it and if you are going to do something do your absolute best.