Dec. 12, 2011
MADISON, Wis. – Seven members of the Wisconsin volleyball team earned spots on the 2011-12 Academic All-Big Ten team as announced by the Big Ten Conference. To receive this honor, a student-athlete must be a letterwinner in at least her second year at the school while obtaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher. The Badgers tied for second among all conference volleyball squads with the most team honors.
Seniors Janelle Gabrielsen and Elle Ohlander lead the group, ending their careers with three straight Academic All-Big Ten honors each.
Gabrielsen was one of three players to compete in all 117 sets this season. The 6-1 setter ended her career with 3,426 assists, sixth highest on the Wisconsin career records list, and 7.83 assists per set, seventh highest in program history. Gabrielsen became only the second Badger to record 3,000 assists and 1,000 digs in her final season, finishing with 1,118 saves. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., native was also named volleyball’s Athletic Board Scholar for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Gabrielsen is majoring in human development and family studies.
Ohlander played in 14 matches during her final season, starting eight of them, including the last seven in a row. The 6-6 middle blocker finished third on the team with 0.76 blocks per set while also adding 0.79 kills per set. Ohlander received a spot on the 2011 N.C. State Invitational All-Tournament team after hitting a season-high .400 (7-1-15) against Western Carolina on Sept. 3. The Caledonia, Ill., native is majoring in elementary education.
Junior transfer Bailey Reshel, redshirt sophomore Kirby Toon, and true sophomores Julie Mikaelsen, Lindsey Seil and Dominique Thompson all earned their first Academic All-Big Ten honors this season.
Reshel played in 19 matches in her second season at Wisconsin, starting five. The 6-0 outside hitter averaged 1.97 kills per set while recording double-digit kills in six matches. She scored on a season-high 14 kills off the bench against Penn State and Michigan State. Reshel, who stepped into the starting lineup after a season-ending injury to freshman Crystal Graff, added a career-high two assists twice this season, including against Michigan. The Hortonville, Wis., native is majoring in rehabilitation psychology.
Toon saw action in 22 matches this season after taking a medical redshirt in 2010. The 6-0 defensive specialist averaged 0.87 digs per set, including a season-high eight saves at N.C. State. Toon, a native of Middleton, Wis., scored on a service ace in three matches and recorded an assist in two matches. She is double-majoring in business: management and human resources.
Mikaelsen, a 6-3 right side hitter, played in 25 matches while averaging 1.24 kills per set. She led all non-starters with a season-high 11 kills at Ohio State earlier this season. She finished tied for fifth on the team with 0.45 blocks per set, recording a season-high three stuffs in four matches. The Askim, Norway, native is undecided on a major.
Seil saw action in 11 matches this season. The 5-5 defensive specialist averaged 0.6 digs per set, including a season-high four saves against Iowa. Seil, a native of West Bend, Wis., is also undecided on a major.
Thompson played in 30 matches this season, starting 23. The 5-11 middle blocker set or tied career high marks in every category this season. She finished second on the team with a .276 hitting percentage and 0.81 blocks per set. Thompson, a native of Plymouth, Minn., tied her career high with 11 kills twice this season. She also recorded a career best seven total blocks against Minnesota at home. Thompson is majoring in community and non-profit leadership.