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#9 Ashley Newsome
Position: MB
Height: 6'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Florence, AL
High School: Florence HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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MSU CAREER: 
Veteran middle block seasoned with a team-leading 87 career matches played (286 sets) the past three seasons • Enters her season campaign with 612 kills, 269 total blocks and 111 digs in 286 career sets played • Ranks among MSU's career top leaders in block assists (10th-217), block solos (10th-52) and total blocks (9th-269) • Reached double digit totals in kills in 19 career matches • Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection.

2009 (JUNIOR):
Team offensive leader in 31 matches (30 starts) with career-highs in kills (319, ninth-most in the SEC), attack percentage (.252) and total blocks (119, sixth-most in a season at State) • Reached double figures in kills 14 times, including a career-best 22 kills against South Carolina (10/30) and 20 in a series sweep-clinching win over Ole Miss (11/15) • Tallied 18 kills and a career-best 15 digs against Eastern Michigan (9/12) for her second career double-double • Top point-producing effort was a 22-kill/four-block performance against South Carolina (10/30) • Led the SEC with 24 block solos and piled up 95 assisted blocks, eighth-most in a season at State • Averaged 1.11 blocks per set to rank seventh in the SEC • Carded three solo blocks against Arkansas-Little Rock (8/29) and Florida (11/1) • Registered nine-block performances against UALR (8/29) and Arkansas (11/13) and 33 kills and 13 total blocks (.269) in the season series sweep of Ole Miss • Lone non-start in 2009 was against Tennessee (10/18) • Averaged 9.2 kills in her 20 SEC matches and recorded three of her top four kills performances against SEC foes • Earned all-tourney honors at MSU's Maroon Classic (33 K/.252/13 TB) and Bulldog Invitational (49 K/.368/20 D/ 9 TB) • President's Scholar and named to the 2009 SEC Volleyball Academic Honor Roll.

2008 (SOPHOMORE):
Bulldogs' leader at the net and one of three State players to start and play in all 31 matches and all 107 sets • Paced the Bulldogs with a team-leading and career-best 115 total blocks, sixth-most in the SEC • Ranked second in the league with 22 solo blocks • Put up four solo blocks against Nicholls State (9/6) • Averaged 1.07 blocks per set, fifth-best mark in the SEC • Notched her first career double-double with 12 kills and 10 total blocks at McNeese State (9/5) • Also reached double digits in blocks against Jackson State (9/9), piling up a career-high 11, second-most in a match in the SEC in 2008 • Totaled a career-best 186 kills (1.70 k/s) with a .152 attack percentage • Had five double-digit performances in kills, including a career-best 15 against Arkansas (11/14) • Hit .480 in that match vs. Arkansas and .500 in a 10-kill effort against  Georgia (10/19) • Registered a kill in all 31 matches and a block in 29 of 31 matches as a sophomore • Joined five MSU teammates on the 2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2007 (FRESHMAN):
One of two Bulldog freshmen to see starting duty for State in 2007 • Started 10 of the 25 matches in which she played • Played in 72 games, totaling 107 kills, 18 digs and 35 total blocks • Made her collegiate debut and drew her first start in MSU's season-opening win over Murray State (8/25) • Tallied nine kills, hit .375 and registered four blocks against the Racers • Matched that season-best kill total in three late-season matches ---- at Georgia (11/4), vs. Louisiana State (11/9) and at South Carolina (11/16) • Hit .700 with eight kills in 10 attack attempts against Austin Peay (9/8) • Tallied a season-best and match-leading six total blocks (three block assists/three solos) at Memphis (9/8) • Registered at least one kill in 21 of her 25 matches played • Set season-high with three digs at Memphis (9/8) and at Auburn (11/2) • Made four starts and played in 16 of MSU's 20 SEC matches as a rookie • Among five first-year Bulldogs named to the 2007 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll • Voted most improved Bulldog player for the 2007 campaign.

HIGH SCHOOL:
A four-year starter as a middle blocker at Florence (Ala.) High School • Coached by Debbie Reynolds • Three-time all-area team selection honoree • Paced the Falcons with 365 kills and 168 blocks as a senior • Recipient of her team's Outstanding Senior Award for 2006-07 • Also led Florence High School in numerous categories as a sophomore and junior • Earned all-region honors as a junior • Three-year standout as a forward for the FHS basketball team, earning all-area and all-region honors three seasons • Member of the Florence High School student council • Also played three years for the Northwest Alabama Volleyball Club, coached by Brian Smith and in 2007 for the Mountain Valley Volleyball Club in Guntersville, Ala., coached by Dusty Cothran.

PERSONAL:
Born Ashley Nicole Newsome on April 13, 1989 in Florence, Ala. • Daughter of Michelle and Louis Newsome of Florence, Ala. • Majoring in psychology.

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