13 Julia Mailander
13 Julia Mailander
Height: 5-11
Year: Senior
Hometown: Reno, Nev.
High School: Galena
Position: OH

2009: Team captain...Appeared in 34 sets...Averaged 0.59 kills and 1.35 digs per set...Hit .500 with a season-high six kills in the Sept. 25 sweep of Central Connecticut State...Had 11 digs in the Oct. 30 match at Penn...Picked up 10 digs in both matches of the Harvard-Dartmouth road weekend on Nov. 6-7...Landed five service aces.

2008: Appeared in 82 sets over 24 matches...Averaged 0.88 kills and 1.56 digs per set...Racked up 31 assists, seven service aces and 12 blocks...Recorded six kills and a season-best 15 digs on Oct. 11 against Harvard...Served up three aces and distributed three assists on Oct. 18 against Penn...Picked up a match- and season-best 12 kills on Nov. 7 against Columbia...Notched 11 digs and a season-best three blocks in the Nov. 14 win at Penn...Matched her career high of three assists in the NCAA Championship First Round win over Ohio.

2007: Emerged as one of the team's most versatile weapons, playing in 88 games and making 20 starts...Finished second on the squad with 254 kills (2.89 per game) and fourth with 228 digs (2.59 per game)...Also tallied 31 service aces and 35 blocks...Had 11 double-doubles during the season, including a span of five in a row...Developed a jump serve over the summer and had three service aces on five occasions...Posted a career-high 20 kills in a home victory over Penn on Nov. 9...Tallied five blocks three times, including the match at Brown on Nov. 13 where she had 13 kills and 16 digs...Registered 18 kills and a career-high 21 digs while tying a career-high with three assists against UC Santa Barbara in the Baden Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 24).

2006: Appeared in 15 games...Recorded 25 kills, 14 digs and four blocks...Slammed a career-high seven kills against Princeton on Oct. 21...Also posted a career-high three digs in that match...Had another three-dig effort against Harvard on Nov. 11...Posted five kills, three digs and two blocks against Central Connecticut in the Courtyard by Marriott Yale Classic on Sept. 23.

Before Yale: Named 2005 co-MVP of the Northern Nevada State Zone as well the Gatorade Girl's Volleyball Player of the Year for the state while at Galena High School...Recipient of the 2005 Harvard Book Prize and a 2004 inductee to the National Honor Society...A member of the Nevada State All-Academic team throughout her high school career.

Appleman on Julia: “I am very happy to have Julia as our team captain. Her experience will play a big role in our team chemistry on and off the court. She makes good decisions as passer and can be a major threat as a hitter.”

Getting to Know Julia

Favorite Quote: "All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a twin."- Lord Byron
Your Theme Song: "Mr. Jones" by Counting Crows... I always wanted to be a black-haired flamenco dancer.
Biggest Inspiration: Anybody who overcomes great odds in order to achieve their goals.
Favorite Reality TV Show: "Food Network Challenge"
Greatest Fear: Having Lydia beat me at anything. Just kidding.. kind of.
Pre-Match Superstition: I have a lucky T-shirt, and I always put my left hand in to cheer in the huddle.
Favorite Sports Movie: Miracle
Signature Dance Move: There are too many to list.
People are surprised that you…: used to be nicknamed “Machete”.
Which of your teammates would make the best coach?: Taylor Cramm for sure; she loves kids!
Why did you choose Yale?: I didn’t apply anywhere else! There are very few schools with a combination of great volleyball and great academics.