Tori Blake Photo Gallery
Of Note: Graduated high school early and joined the Badgers for the 2013 spring semester
2014: Has played in 12 sets and nine matches ... had two kills vs. Notre Dame (Aug. 30) ... was a perfect 2-0-2 vs. the Fighting Irish ... recorded five kills, nine attempts and a dig against Florida A&M (Sept. 6), all career-highs ... hit .556 vs. the Rattlers ... marked two kills and a career-high four blocks against Rutgers (Oct. 10)
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!"
||5 vs. Florida A&M, 9-6-14
||9 vs. Florida A&M, 9-6-14
||1.000 (4x; MR vs. Notre Dame, 8-30-14)
||1 (2x; MR vs. Florida A&M, 9-6-14)
||4 vs. Rutgers, 10-10-14
||5.0 vs. Florida A&M, 9-6-14
Off the Court with Tori Blake
Favorites - Spot on campus: The Terrace; Cartoon Character: Tweedy; Movie: The Blind Side; Celebrity: Morgan Freeman; Food: Plain Pasta with nothing on it; Musical artist: I will listen to anything; Athlete: Muhammad Ali; Volleyball Player: Kerri Walsh for being a mom and an Olympian; Sports team: Detroit Tigers
First started volleyball (age/grade): 7th grade when I was 12
Most memorable volleyball match: Down goes Texas!
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: Our team. We all push each other to be better.
Best UW road trip: Seattle last year for the final four
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): The Key Arena
One word that describes the team: Unique
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Just eat dinner after a long day of volleyball and talk about everything we can think of... or go lay out on the docks.
This summer, I: took two classes- statistics and gender and women's studies and I also went up to northern Michigan a few times, hung out on my Grandma's lake, and played sand volleyball.
The best thing about the Field House is: The people. I love seeing the fans right before warm-ups- and I started to remember the very dedicated ones and where they sat.
If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: You should be allowed to touch net (sorry Coach Kelly)
If you were stranded on an island, which three teammates would you bring with you and why?
Ito- she's smart and would know how to stay alive, Jules- she could make really good tasting food
Erin- we would just sing all the time
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate volleyball? High jumping in the Big Ten.
The best thing about Madison is: Farmers Market
Fantasy job/career: Buyer/ Seller for a large company
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? CEO of Google or an orthodontist
Person(s) most admired/role models: Grandma and Grandpa Gallant
Favorite childhood memory: Swimming at the lake or picking blueberries every summer
My secret addiction is: Jules' cinnamon rolls- still
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I can hold a book with my scapula's
The community service activity or group I most like: Bookin' it with Bucky
The best sporting event I ever attended was: Key Arena for the final four
Nobody knows how much I love to: Belt our random songs at the top of my lungs
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: M&Ms
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Michigan
A non-athletic talent I have is: Playing the flute (marching band for 3 years!)
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: A great singing voice- I love to sing but people around me don't always love it!
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Sir Richard Branson- I would go hang out on my own Island
If I had a million dollars, I would: donate half of it, then invest the rest to give to a charity of my choice
How would you like to change the world? End hunger and never have to worry about cancer affecting anybody.
My bucket list includes: Traveling the world!
Post-college plans/goals: No idea
Most famous person I've ever met: Kerri Walsh
If I was Coach Sheffield for the day, I would: Dance around my office at Camp Randall and listen to some oldies... I wonder if he does that already though...
What is your favorite Kelly saying? Bring it
What are you most thankful for? My friends
What are you passionate about? Volleyball and my friends
My favorite quote or motto is: ``Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." -Muhammad Ali
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.
I am afraid of: Snakes- they are just too much to handle
What does it mean to be a Badger?
"Being a Badger means always bringing it- on and off the court. It means challenging yourself and those around you to go outside of your comfort zone- but you are all together like a family and have all the support you need."