Nov. 29, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Junior Julie Mikaelsen has been named the Wisconsin volleyball team’s Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship honoree for the 2012 season. One member from every sport at all 12 conference institutions are chosen based on sportsmanship and community service.
Mikaelsen, a 6-3 right-side hitter, played in all 33 matches for the Badgers this season, starting 22. She ranked third on the team with 2.63 kills per set, recording double-figure kills in 14 matches and leading the team on the attack in nine matches.
Mikaelsen was named the most valuable player of the 2012 InnTowner Invitational, leading the Badgers to the tournament title with a 3-0 record. She averaged 3.67 kills per set on the weekend while hitting .467.
After starting the season as just a front-row player, Mikaelsen began playing all the way around halfway through the year. She averaged 1.18 digs per set, tallying double-figure digs in four matches. The Askim, Norway, native recorded the first double-double of her career against Indiana on Oct. 19, putting away 11 kills and adding a career-high 15 digs.
She ranked fourth on the team with 70 total blocks (0.59/set), including a career-best eight blocks against Illinois on Oct. 26.
Mikaelsen also participated in several community service projects during the year, including a visit to a homeless shelter and area middle school with the team.
The Sportsmanship Award winners are student-athletes who observe the rules and intent of their sports' rules at all times. The individuals must be fair and respectful to their opponent, and in addition, be enthusiastic about the game, enjoy playing it, and win or lose, do their absolute best at all times. The recipients must also be active participants in their campus communities.