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Sara Nielsen
Sara  Nielsen

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Glen Ellyn, Ill.

High School:
Benet Academy

Height:
5-11

Position:
Setter

Birthdate:
04/21/1999


08/17/2017

Freshman Feature: Sara Nielsen

Gophersports.com caught up with freshman setter Sara Nielsen after her first week on practice.

PRONUNCIATION:



HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB:
Played for Benet Academy and Mizuno Sports Performance Volleyball • named a 2016 Under Armour All-America honorable mention • ranked 69th in Prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces  first-team all-state selection  helped Benet to sectional and conference championships in 2015 and a regional championship in 2016 • all-conference selection in both 2016 and 2015 and honorable mention status as a sophomore • had 968 assists, 122 digs, 28 aces, 26 blocks and 63 kills • played five years at Sports Performance and won the 18-Open national championship, a world championship and was a 2015 AAU All-American • played in the European Global Challenge with the U22 BIP Midwest Team in Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia • was an honor roll student in high school. 

PERSONAL:
The daughter of Rob Nielsen, Gwen Nielsen and Chris Gambol • born April 21, 1999 • plans to major in business • has an older brother, Connor • mother, Gwen, played volleyball at Northwestern, and aunt, Kelly, played volleyball at Purdue • step-father, Chris, played football and ran track at Iowa. He also played in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots • father, Rob, played water polo at West Point. 

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