Honors & Awards
- Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018; Spring 2017, 2018)
- Nebraska Herman Team GPA Award (2018, 2019)
- Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2018)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018, 2019)
- 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)
Haakenstad is 13-8 (6-3 B1G) this spring in singles play, competing in the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots in the lineup. In doubles play, she’s 10-8 and has played with three different partners, including Claire Reifeis (2-0), Elizabeth Gould (1-0) and Jeannie Lozowski (7-8).
Haakenstad began her junior season by going 2-1 and finishing in fifth place in Singles Flight B at the Minnesota Invitational in the fall. She lost her first match before winning two in-a-row to clinch the consolation bracket. She defeated Caitlyn Merzbacher (MINN) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.
In doubles play, she partnered with fellow junior Claire Reifeis. The pair went 4-2 together on the weekend.
At the ITA Regional Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, Haakenstad went 0-2 in singles play and 0-1 in doubles play, once again partnering with Claire Reifeis.
Hayley Haakenstad is looking to continue the success she had as a sophomore and become one of Nebraska’s top players as an upperclassman. After playing mostly out of the five and six spots in singles last season, she hopes to compete for a spot in the top four.
“We are expecting Hayley to make a big jump heading into her junior season,” said Coach Scott Jacobson. “Her work ethic and effort is phenomenal, she’s everything I could ask for in a player and more. She competed in tournaments all summer and works each day to become the best player she can be. We’re expecting big things from her and Claire Reifeis in doubles play.”
As one of three captains during the 2017-18 season, Hayley Haakenstad proved her leadership on and off the court by putting together a solid second season for Nebraska.
Haakenstad went 5-4 in singles and 12-7 in doubles competition. She recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win against Indiana's Michelle McKamey that catapulted the Huskers to a 6-1 win over the Hoosiers. Haakenstad also impressed in doubles with fellow sophomore Claire Reifeis. The duo made a statement, pulling off wins against No. 19 Ohio State and Big Ten champion and No. 34 Michigan.
Haakenstad has produced 55 combined career wins for the Huskers through two seasons. Off the court, Haakenstad was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, while also claiming a prestigious Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award.
Haakenstad made an immediate impact as a Husker freshman in 2016-17. She won 11 singles matches 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. A mathematics major at Nebraska, she was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in in 2018 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year. She hopes to work in the sports industry as a statistician. She is a five-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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.”