welcome Wiechman for 2004 season
-- Jonesboro, Ark., volleyball player Ashley Wiechman signed a letter
of acceptance to enroll at the University of Arkansas for the 2004 season.
"We feel very fortunate to have someone of
Ashley's talent join the program," said head coach Chris Poole. "Ashley's
volleyball coach, Margie McGee, is a former player of mine at Arkansas
State. Margie is one of the best defensive players I have ever had the
pleasure of coaching and is still listed second in career digs for a Division
I player. I know what type of training Ashley has had with her defense
and passing and I feel certain that she will contribute at a high level
to our program."
Wiechman was four-time all-conference, three-time
all-state tournament and two-time all-state in volleyball for the Valley
View Blazers in Jonesboro. As a senior, she was a Wendy's High School
Heisman nominee and state finalist as well as Rotary International "Super
Senior." Weichman was also a National English Merit award winner and named
an Outstanding Student of America.
In addition to volleyball, Wiechman was a
four-time member of Who's Who Among American High School Students and
of Who's Who Among American High School Athletes. She was also a member
of the National Honor Society and the Blazer Honor Roll.
Wiechman was also active off the court with
Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Read Across America, peer tutoring,
the National Council on Diabetes and volunteered for several other organizations.
Wiechman, along with fellow incoming freshman
Kelli Cole, is slated to participate for the West All-Stars and will compete
in Barnhill Arena this summer.
"We will have four young ladies from the state
of Arkansas on the roster this fall," said Poole. "All four of them have
attended our volleyball camps in the past and have grown up wanting to
be Lady Razorbacks. It's exciting for our staff to see the improvement
in volleyball in Arkansas over the last 10 years and we plan to continue
making Arkansas and the region a priority with our recruiting."
The University of Arkansas volleyball team
returns to the court in early August for preseason drills. For more information
about Arkansas volleyball log on to www.ladybacks.com.