Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016; Spring 2017)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
- Class 2A State Singles Champion (2015)
- Athena Award - Most Outstanding Female Athlete (HS, 2015)
- Six-Time All-Conference (Tennis) (Four-Time All-Missota; Two-Time All-Metro West)
- Two-Time All-Conference (Softball)
Hayley Haakenstad made an immediate impact as a Husker freshman this season. She had an 11-win singles' season and picked up two Big Ten victories along the way. A fierce competitor in doubles, Haakenstad earned 19 wins, going 19-9 on the season. She earned seven conference wins and played with four partners until she found a stride with Claire Reifeis. The two were the most successful doubles duo for the Huskers this season with a 15-6 record on the court.
Off the court, she was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
Haakenstad, who was a state champion with both her tennis and softball high school teams, attended Chanhassen High School in Minnesota. Her tennis team won four conference championships under head coach Jim Mason, and Haakenstad led as team captain grades 10 through 12. Haakenstad held a career record of 149-10, was a 2015 class 2AA state champion, five-time section champion, six-time all-conference and 2015 class 2AA state runner up. Haakenstad also achieved the highest ranking of 38 nationally in G18’s doubes, highest ranking in G18’s Northern Section and the sportsmanship award as the USTA Texas closed regional. Voted team MVP by her softball team, all-around athlete Haakenstad also served as lead-off hitter and centerfielder for her team’s 2016 class AAAA state softball championship. Haakenstad attained a career batting average of .446 under head coach Joe Coenen. An outstanding student, Haakenstad graduated Magna Cum Laude and was 2015 Academic All-State and four-time Academic All-Conference.
The daughter of Wynne and Pete Haakenstad, Hayley was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 20, 1997. Hayley has one brother, Sam. Hayley studies mathematics at Nebraska, and her goal is to work in the sports industry as a statistician. She earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017.
Why Hayley Chose Nebraska
“I chose Nebraska because of the incredible tradition and pride that the university has for their academics and athletics. There truly is no place like Nebraska.”