3 Hanna Nielson
3 Hanna Nielson
Height: 5-11
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Saratoga, Calif.
High School: Saratoga HS
Position: S

High School
Played four years for coach Brad Fredrickson at Saratoga High ... Was a four-year starter for the Falcons ... A four-time all-league selection, Hanna averaged 40 assists, 11 kills and 15 digs per match ... Was an All-Central Coast selection in all four years of high school ... Was the Falcons team captain and MVP in 2010 ... Carried the team to the Central Coast Section postseason in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... Also played basketball for two seasons, helping the team to the league title as a freshman ... Was a two-time all-league pick in that sport and the basketball team was in the playoffs in both of her years as a member of the squad ... Was named the 2007 Redwood Middle School Athlete of the Year.

Played three years for Vision ... On her Vision 18 Gold Team, under the director of Jason Mansfield, Hanna led her team to a bronze medal in the 2011 Junior Olympics and a silver medal at Far Western ... The 18 team won the NCVA Power League and captured a bronze at the Southern California qualifier ... As a member of the Vision 17 Team she served as a captain for coach Will Yven ... The team won a bronze at Junior Olympics where she was selected to the All-Tournament Team ... Carried the squad to a gold medal at Colorado Crossroads and a silver medal at the Pacific Northwest qualifier ... The 17 team also won the Power League ... With the Vision 16 Team and coach Joe Ripp, Hanna was a team captain ... Helped the team to a fifth-place finish at Junior Olympics ... The team won the Power League and also a silver medal at the Colorado Crossroads.

Hanna Nielson entered the world on November 18, 1992 in Mountain View, Calif. to parents John and Jincy ... Has two older siblings - her sister Bryte, who played volleyball at Cal and her brother, Bo, goes to Colorado ... Roots for the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors ... Enjoys going to the beach, swimming, hanging with her friends, riding in golf carts and on her dad's Vespa as her favorite activities ... Favorite flick is "Love and Basketball" ... Listens to Britney Spears, Rihanna, Li'l Wayne and Taylor Swift ... Calls winning a bronze medal at the 2011 Junior Olympics and being selected to the All-Tournament Team her most memorable athletic accomplishments ... Her favorite athletes are LeBron James, Brian Wilson, Monta Ellis and Kerri Walsh ... Has a dog, Louis, and a cat, Stanley ... Is undeclared at UCSB but will likely become a communications major ... Aspires to become either a sports writer or own her own company.