Spartans stage entertaining match in final pre-season tuneup
17th in AVCA Pre-season Poll
The Spartans are taking a 10-day foreign tour throughout Italy
MSU distributes offense in three-set sweep
Michigan State Hosts First and Second Round Matches
2014 MSU Extra Mile Award
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 21, 2015)
JUNIOR (2016): Started all 34 matches at libero, and appeared in 116 of 117 sets on the season ... Averaged a team-best 3.47 digs per set, good 11th in the Big Ten ... Season total of 402 digs is just outside the single-season top 10 at MSU ... also averaged 1.03 assists per set and had 20 service aces ... Started all three matches at the SDSU Invitational at libero ... Had 10 digs and three assists vs. host San Diego State (Aug. 27) ... Had eight digs and a pair of assists vs. Denver in the opener (8/26) ... Led the Spartans with nine digs in the Spartan Invitational opening game vs. Morgan State (9/3), adding two aces and five assists ... Had eight digs and two helpers in the nightcap vs. Central Michigan ... Led MSU with 10 digs against No. 7 Florida (9/4) ... At the Western Kentucky Invite, shared the team lead with 13 digs vs. Cincinnati (9/9) ... Posted nine digs and a pair of assists in the second Tournament game vs. Southern Illinois (9/10) ... Wrapped up the WKU Invitational with 17 digs and eight assists ... Led all players with 13 digs and added seven assists vs. Notre Dame in the Spartan Classic opener (9/16) .. Recorded a team-best 11 digs with a pair of helpers vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore (9/17) ... Posted a career-best four aces in the Spartan Classic finale vs. DePaul, adding four assists and three digs ... Produced 10 digs vs. Iowa in the Big Ten opener (9/23) ... Against No. 1 Nebraska, had 17 digs and five assists (9/24) ... Had eight digs and six assists at Penn State (9/30) ... Shared the team lead with 11 digs and added three helpers in a 3-0 sweep at Rutgers (10/1) ... Tallied seven digs and six assists in a three-set sweep of No. 14 Ohio State (10/7) ... Notched seven digs and three assists in a home win over Maryland (10/8) ... Contributed five assists in addition to eight digs at Illinois (10/12) ... Posted 21 digs in a thrilling five-set victory over No. 3 Minnesota at Jenison Field House (10/15) ... Notched 10 digs and a pair of assists in a home sweep of Rutgers (10/19) ... Recorded a team-high seven digs and added two assists at Ohio State (10/22) ... Posted a match-best eight digs and also had six assists in a 3-0 sweep at Indiana (10/28) ... Recorded a match-high 14 digs and also contributed five assists in a road win at Purdue (10/29) ... Posted 11 digs, four assists, and a pair of aces in a home win over Northwestern (11/4) ... Shared the team lead with nine digs and added five assists in a home sweep of Illinois (11/5) ... Had 14 digs and three assists in a midweek win over Purdue (11/9) ... Had 17 digs, four assists, and an ace in MSU’s senior night victory over Michigan (11/12) ... Led the Spartans with 19 digs and added six assists in a five-setter at No. 2 Minnesota (11/18) ... Posted 19 digs for the second consecutive night, adding two assists in a loss at No. 3 Wisconsin (11/19) ... Estsablished a new career best with 25 digs in a road win at Iowa (11/26) ... Contributed a match-best 10 digs in MSU’s first-round NCAA victory over Fairfield (12/3) ... Posted 20 digs, two aces, and a kill in a second-round five-setter vs. Arizona (12/3).
SOPHOMORE: (2015): Ranked 14th in the Big Ten in digs per set (3.04) ... Opened the season with two assists and 10 digs in a five-setter vs. Kentucky (8/28) ... Had eight and six digs, respectively, vs. Little Rock and IUPUI in the other two games at the Bluegrass Invitational at Kentucky (8/29) ... Posted a season-best six assissts along with eight digs, one ace, and a kill vs. Butler in a five-set win at the Spartan Invitational (9/4) ... Had her second double-digit dig performance against Miami (9/5) ... Earned the libero jersey for the three matches at the Holly Young Invitiational at New Hampshire (9/11-12) ... Had 11 digs in a three-set win over Boston College (9/11) with an ace ... After a 14 digs in the morning match vs. New Hampshire (9/12), came back in the nightcap vs. Delaware to establish a new career best of 16 along with an ace and two assists against the Blue Hens ... Posted 19 digs in a win at North Carolina (9/18) ... Turned in her career-high in digs for the fourth straight match with 22 in a sweep of Duke, and delivered a service ace on match point (9/19) ... Earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors (9/21) for the first time in her career after the UNC/Duke weekend ... Extended her streak to seven straight matches with double-digit digs with 10 vs. Indiana (9/25) ... Had 17 digs and four assists with an ace in a four-set match with Purdue (9/26) ... Eleven digs vs. Michigan at Jenison Field House (9/30) and 18 in the rematch three days later in Ann Arbor (10/3) ... Posted 15 digs at No. 4 Nebraska (10/7) ... Tied her Big Ten best dig total with 18 at Iowa (10/10), and added a season-best eight assists ... Match-best 16 digs in a home win over Maryland (Oct. 14), with a pair of assists ... Nine digs vs. Rutgers (Oct. 17) snapped a streak of 13 straight matches with double-digit digs ... Match-best 11 digs as the Spartans upset No. 6 Ohio State (10/21) ... Contributed a team-high 13 digs, one of four players in double-digits, in a tough loss to No. 5 Penn State (10/24) ... Had 17 digs and five assists over two games at No. 21 Illinois and Northwestern (10/30-31) ... Six digs in a loss at No. 4 Minnesota (11/6) ... Posted 17 digs, one shy of her Big Ten high, in a five-setter with Nebraska (11/11) ... Posted 11 digs at Indiana (11/14) and again vs. Northwestern (11/18) ... Had eight digs in a 3-0 sweep at Rutgers (11/21) ... Nine digs at No. 14 Purdue in a gutty 3-2 Spartan win (11/25) ... Had eight digs and three assists in MSU’s second-round NCAA match vs. No. 1 Washington (12/5).
FRESHMAN: (2014): Appeared in 21 matches, providing depth for MSU’s defensive play and excelling as a server ... Averaged 0.86 digs per set ... Also had six service aces ... Made her collegiate debut at the UAB/Samford Invitational (8/29-30) ... Recorded her first career service ace vs. Jacksonville State (8/30) ... Saw action in all five sets in a tough loss to Duke (9/6) ... Earned her first career start against Oregon State (9/13), and had five digs ... Pressed into setting duties against LIU-Brooklyn (9/19), had 17 assists and 13 digs along with a pair of service aces for her first career double-double ... Had seven digs, the third highest total on the team, in just two of four sets vs. Purdue (9/27) ... Came in off the bench and recorded five digs and a season-best three service aces in a home win over Michigan (10/3) ... Contributed a pair of digs and a service ace in a loss to Nebraska (10/10).
CLUB: Played club volleyball for Northern Lights and head coach Adam Beamer ... Finished third at 2010 USJO 14 Club Nationals ... National Champions at 2011 USJO, Earning All-America and All-Tournament honors in addition to being named libero of the Tournament ... Finished sixth at USJO nationals in 2012 and seventh in 2013 ... Fifth in AAU 17 open in 2013. HIGH SCHOOL: 2013 Prep Volleyball All-American Honorable Mention ... 2013 Under Armour Watch List ... 2013 Prep Volleyball Senior Ace, 2011, 2012, 2013 Prep Volleyball Defensive Dandy ... 2010 Prep Volleyball Fab 59 Freshmen ... Attended Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, Minn., and earned five varsity letters in volleyball (made the varsity team as an 8th grader) ... AAA state champions her freshman and junior seasons, and a runner-up during her sophomore campaign ... 2010, 2011, and 2012 Section Champions ... High school team was state runner-up her sophomore year ...Selected to the 2013 St. Paul Pioneer Press All-Metro Team and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune All-Metro Team in both 2012 and 2013 ... 2010 Minnesota Breakdown Elite 50 Underclassman (2010, 2011), 2012 Minnesota Breakdown Top Junior, and 2013 Minnesota Breakdown Preseason All-State Team ... Finished high school career with 1,510 digs, 173 service aces ,and 202 assists, while recording 528 digs in her senior season while serving as a team captain ... All-conference and All-State selection her senior year in which her team was the conference champion ... All-conference honorable mention her freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 5, 1996... Daughter of Kirsten and Ken Nelson ... Majoring in advertising.