Jan. 23, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin volleyball team handed out its 2011 year-end awards at its annual team banquet on Sunday afternoon in Heritage Hall of Camp Randall Stadium.
Senior Janelle Gabrielsen was honored with the Margie Fitzpatrick F.I.G.H.T. (For Intensity, Guts, Hard work and Team work) award. The award is named in honor of the former UW player and coach who lost her battle with cancer in 2004.
Gabrielsen, a 6-0 setter/right-side hitter, also received special recognition for ending her career ranked sixth in assists with 3,426, seventh in assists per set with 7.63, seventh in digs with 1,118 and tied for 10th in sets played with 449. She became the 12th Badger to tally 1,000 digs and was just the second UW player to record 3,000 assists and 1,000 digs, joining current UW assistant coach Colleen (Neels) Bayer.
Gabrielsen played in 122 matches and 449 sets as a Badger, earning a starting role all four years. She picked up three all-tournament honors in her career and was also named to the 2008 Big Ten All-Freshman team and was the 2010 Big Ten Sportsmanship recipient for the Badgers.
Freshman Ellen Chapman
was named the team’s total points leader (kills + service aces + block solos + ½ block assists) with 343. The 6-5 outside hitter was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after leading the Badgers with 2.83 kills per set. Chapman was the team’s kill leader in 17 matches, including the last 15 of the season. She recorded four double-doubles this year, ranking fourth on the team with 1.51 digs per set.
Junior Alexis Mitchell
was named the team’s top blocker for the third year in a row. The 6-0 middle blocker led the Badgers with a .306 hitting percentage and 1.00 blocks per set. Mitchell ranked 10th in the Big Ten in hitting percentage and tied for 10th in blocks per set, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year. She ranked third on the team with 2.26 kills per set, leading the team in kills in six matches.
Sophomore Annemarie Hickey
led the Big Ten in digs per set with 4.77 (558 total) was named the team’s best defensive player. The 5-8 libero tallied double-figure digs in 30 of 32 matches in 2011, including a career-high 33 at N.C. State on Sept. 2. Hickey led the Badgers in digs in 28 matches, including 10 matches with 20-plus digs.
Freshman Crystal Graff
earned the academic award for having the highest cumulative grade point average on the team. The 6-2 outside hitter played in 20 matches and 63 sets before injuring her right knee and missing the second half of the season. Graff led the Badgers in kills in eight matches, averaging 2.63 kills per set. She also added 2.22 digs per set, recording three double-doubles on the season. Graff has yet to declare a major.
Freshman Kt Kvas was named the Scout Team Player of the Year. A 5-9 setter/defensive specialist, Kvas played in just two matches and four sets as a true freshman. She had five assists vs. Western Carolina and two assists vs. Campbell at the N.C. State Invitational. Kvas also added one dig vs. Western Carolina.