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National contender: Volleyball graduate nominee for top NCAA honor

Ashley Rosch in action with the Illinois State volleyball team

Ashley Rosch in action with the Illinois State volleyball team

Ashley Rosch completed four stellar years on ISU’s volleyball team last fall. Over the summer she learned that she was one of 231 student-athletes nominated for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year Award at the Division I level.

“Woman of the Year is such a prestigious award, and to even be considered for it is something that I never expected, so I am just grateful and honored for this opportunity to represent Illinois State,” Rosch said.

She was one of just two nominees from the MVC vying for the award, which honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

A native of Fox River Grove, Rosch finished her Redbird career as the first, four-time All-MVC First-Team selection in program history and only the fifth overall in league history.

Rosch’s talent resulted in her appearing in every game during her freshman season and starting every game the remaining three years on the team. She set new career highs in points (31.5) and kills (27) in 2015, while also climbing Illinois State’s career record lists.

By the end of her senior season, she compiled impressive career statistics for attempts (4,914), while ranking third in kills (1,609), fourth in points (1,821.0) and seventh in digs (1,272).

Rosch was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for the third year in a row in 2015 and was a nominee for the Senior CLASS Award. A three-time recipient of the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, Rosch was also named to the AFNI and MVC academic honor rolls every possible year and semester.

An environmental health major who maintained a 3.85 grade point average, Rosch participated in community service and campus activities throughout her years on campus. Her leadership roles included serving as ISU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council representative to the MVC in 2014-2015.

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