Sept. 30, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Haleigh Nelson, a freshman on the Wisconsin volleyball team, has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the Big Ten Conference announced today. She is UW’s first newcomer honoree since 2010 when Julie Mikaelsen was recognized on Nov. 1, 2010.
Nelson, a 6-4 middle blocker, averaged 1.86 blocks per set, aiding the Badgers to a 2-0 start in Big Ten play for the first time since 2007. She had a career-high seven stuffs in a 3-0 win over No. 20 Purdue on Sept. 27 and added six blocks in a 3-1 win over Indiana on Sept. 28.
Against the Boilermakers, Nelson had three blocks in the third set, keying a 6-1 run by the Badgers. Against the Hoosiers, Nelson had three blocks and a kill scoring four of UW’s last five points to win the third set. She opened the fourth set with three straight kills to put the Badgers up 3-0 in the period.
Nelson hit a team-best .417 on the weekend and added 2.43 kills per set. She had eight kills against Purdue and nine kills vs. Indiana.
On the season, Nelson has started 13-of-14 matches and played in 52 sets. She shares the team lead with 1.00 blocks per set, stopping 52 shots on the season. Nelson ranks fifth in the Big Ten with a .393 hitting percentage while adding 1.67 kills per set.
The 23rd-ranked Badgers (13-1 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) take to the road for the first time this Big Ten season. Wisconsin puts its seven-match winning streak on the line when it travels to Iowa (9-5, 0-2) on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. match from Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That match airs live on the Big Ten Network.
On Saturday, UW faces its third ranked opponent of the season, taking on No. 10 Nebraska (9-2, 2-0) at 7 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb.