Favorite professional sports team: White Sox
Favorite restaurant: Chi Tung, a Chinese restaurant by my house in Chicago.
Career Plans: Physical trainer for the elderly
Favorite Food: Mac and cheese
Favorite TV Show: One Tree Hill
Favorite Movie: Love Actually
How I started playing the game of volleyball: My cousins and my sister played so my mom made me try it. I didn't want to and I cried on my way to my first practice.
What I like most about being a Fighting Illini: The support we get from our fans, the community, and everyone that helps our program.
My dream job would be: Something I can wake up every day and be excited about doing.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why? Greece because I hear it's beautiful.
Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours. I always eat skittles in color order.
What's your favorite cartoon character? Stewie from Family Guy
One thing most people don't know about you: My pet peeves are missed serves and people who eat really loud.
Something I couldn't live without: My cell phone, I always have it on me.
Favorite Musical Group: I don't have a favorite music group but I love heavy metal music.
Favorite Illinois volleyball memory: When we had a team appetizer only dinner.
Made first collegiate appearance vs. IPFW, hitting 1.000 with three kills
Came in for an injured Vicki Brown, pounding down seven kills and racking up five blocks in her first Big Ten start of the season against Iowa
In a reserve role, slammed down four kills and registerd two block assists against Ohio State
Saw time against Northwestern, notching three kills, one dig and three blocks
Ranked 97th nationally and named All-American by prepvolleyball.com Led Marist to three regional titles 3-time all-area in the Southtown and Star Newspapers Was a 3-time all conference and 2-time all-state Earned All-East Suburban Catholic Conference accolades Marist was ranked 19th nationally by prepvolleyball.com and claimed the title in the ESCC, one of the top conferences in the state, in All-State selection by the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette and was named to prepvolleyball.com's list of "Top 50 Impact Recruits." Named MVP of the ESCC Posted a .410 career attack percentage with 849 kills, 1,410 blocks, 172 digs and 29 aces. As a senior, hit .446 with 242 kills and 380 blocks after hitting .508 with 208 kills and 380 blocks as a junior Earned all-tournament honors at the Junior Olympics in 2004 with Celtic Force, which one 15 open championship Holds school records for career attacks (1,623), kills, hitting percentage and blocks High school coach was Natalie Holder Played for Second City, Celtic Force (coached by Mike Brennan) and 1st Alliance
Born Jan. 19, 1989 Daughter of Bruce and Marilee Nelson Has one sister, Kate (age 19) and one brother, David (14). Plans to major in kinesiology Three cousins attended Illinois two others were Division I collegiate athletes -- Meg Troller (volleyball at Georgetown) and Maureen Troller (softball at Western Illinois) Member of Student Ambassadors
Year MP GP K E TA Pct. A SA SE RE DIG BS BA TB BE BHE 2007 15 27 19 11 42 .190 1 2 4 0 9 2 8 10 2 0 2008 34 125 199 62 464 .295 9 29 20 0 69 5 114 111 2 12 Total 49 152 218 73 506 .287 10 31 24 0 76 7 122 121 4 12
K: 10 vs. Michigan State (11/22/08) E: 5 vs. North Carolina (8/29/08) TA: 21, twice last vs. Ohio State (11/1/08) PCT: 1.000 (3-0-3) vs. IPFW (8/25/07) A: 2 at Saint Louis (9/5/08) SA: 5 vs. SIU-Edwardsville (9/19/08) SE: 23 vs. SIU-Edwardsville (9/19/08) D: 7 vs. Oregon (8/30/08) BS: 2, twice, last at Michigan State (10/24/08) BA: 8 at Saint Louis (9/5/08) TB: 8 at Saint Louis (9/5/08)