3 Ashley Hamilton
3 Ashley Hamilton
Height: 6-0
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Alpine, Utah
High School: Lone Peak HS '06
Previous College: Arizona
Position: S
Experience: 2L

2008: Hamilton earned All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention accolades following an outstanding season with the Eagles. She also excelled in the classroom, as well, receiving Big Sky All-Academic honors. The second week of the season, she earned All-Idaho Volleyball Classic accolades after averaging 11.00 assists per set in the weekend’s three contests. She also contributed 1.73 digs and 0.55 blocks per set at the tournament. Hamilton finished the season with 9.84 aps, the fifth-highest average in the league and 104th among NCAA Division I teams. She also helped the team record 13.00 aps, the 21st-highest average nationally. That mark also set the pace in the Big Sky. In a sweep of Arkansas, she not only had 33 assists, but was a menacing force offensively, as well, hitting at an impressive .571 clip (4-0-7). Of the 10 times she recorded 45+ assists in 2008, the first came in a 3-1 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 5, tallying 45 in that contest. On Sept. 18, in a 3-2 road win over Weber State, Hamilton had 59 assists, the fourth-highest total by any Big Sky player in 2008. She had an impressive week in late September, not only contributing 11.14 aps in wins over Montana and Montana State, but performing as an intimidating hitting force herself, hitting at an impressive .480 clip (14-2-25). She had her second-highest assist total, 55, in a four-set win over Portland State on Oct. 10 before reaching that number once again in another 3-1 victory on Nov. 21, that one over Sacramento State. She had her best hitting performance, a .857 hitting percentage (6-0-7), in a 3-1 victory over Northern Arizona on Nov. 6. Her second-best average (.727, 8-0-11) came in a 3-0 loss to UNLV on Sept. 13.

For her top performances on the court and in the classroom, Hamilton was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Hamilton had the highest assist total by an Eagle in two years with 55 in Eastern Washington’s 3-2 win over Northern Colorado on Nov. 3. She also hit .455 (6-1-11) in that contest. On the season, she averaged 7.77 assists per set, which would have placed her ninth among Big Sky Conference players if she had seen action in at least 75 percent of Eastern’s sets (she played in 63 percent, 70 of 112 sets). Hamilton posted five 40+ assist totals in 2007. Her second-best assist output of the season came in an impressive three-set sweep over Portland State on Nov. 10, as she had 44 that evening. Hamilton also tallied 43 helpers in a four-set victory over Idaho State on Oct. 18. Her season-best block total of seven came in a thrilling five-set win over Northern Colorado on Nov. 3.

2006 (Arizona): Hamilton saw action in eight sets and recorded 10 assists, a pair of digs and a block in 2006. In her lone home appearance of the season, Hamilton tallied a trio of assists in a three-set sweep of Montana State. She accumulated a total of four assists in Pacific-10 Conference matches with Stanford and California (one and three, respectively).

High School: Hamilton was part of two Utah state championship teams and earned four letters at Lone Peak High School. She was named a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection and was ranked 71st nationally on the PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces list. The Alpine, Utah, native was also honored as a 2004 and 2005 PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American. Additional accolades included winning 2003 and 2004 4A State MVP honors and being named the 2004 Utah Valley Player of the Year. Hamilton is majoring in biology with a pre-med emphasis. Her parents are Lawrence and Tamara Hamilton. Her mother played volleyball at BYU, her father played football and wrestled at BYU, while her brother, Jared, played defensive line for the Yale football team.

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