November 23, 2010

Islanders volleyball signs Ashley Phelps to NLI

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball program added another big piece to their program this past week after signing Ashley Phelps to a National Letter of Intent.

"Ashley is a strong, physical player who puts a lot of heat on the ball and will help us on both the outside and right side," said head coach Tony Graystone. "We're very excited about Ashley joining the Islanders and know she'll have a great career with us."

Phelps, a 6'1" outside hitter from Colorado who played at Conifer High School where she helped lead her team to the district playoffs as a senior. She finished her senior season with a team-high 246 kills and was second on squad with 123 digs during the year. She also added 18 service aces, 22 block solos and 11 block assists in 58 sets.

For her efforts, she was named first team all-conference and MVP as well as being selected to the All-State team following her senior season. She was chosen to play in the Colorado All-State Volleyball Games, one of just 90 players chosen for the event.

She was the volleyball team captain and also helped coach younger kids on an eighth grade team and another middle school recreational team. She has played club volleyball for the Colorado Juniors for the past four years and has competed in the Junior Olympics every year since her freshman season.

A standout player, Phelps was nominated by opposing coaches for the Gatorade Player of the Year award and was also selected as a "Player to Watch" by the American Volleyball Association (AVA) and the National Volleyball Association (NVA).