There isn’t much more room left on top of Ashley Brown’s mantel.
She’s had an incredible volleyball career — from club, high school and now college at Washington State — and it’s far from over.
But Brown received perhaps the best news in April when she was selected to the U.S. Collegiate National volleyball team.
“This ranks pretty high because I’ve never been able to represent the USA while playing the sport I love, which is so exciting to me,” the former Prosper standout said.
“I think it’s great. Ashley is one of the hardest working athletes to come through Prosper,” coach Erin Kauffman added. “She absolutely deserves everything she’s worked for.”
Brown was one of 24 players chosen for the Detroit roster that will compete this summer as part of USA volleyball’s high performance pipeline. They will have a second tryout and train June 22-26 at the University of Michigan.
“It’s a great honor and huge accomplishment,” Washington State coach Jen Greeny said. “It shows off her talents and work ethic.”
She will be assigned to one of two 12-member teams that will play three exhibition matches against each other June 27-30.
“I was at church when I got the email about making the team,” Brown said. “I grabbed my teammate Olivia and was so exited. I told her I made the team and wasn’t expecting to.”
Brown was Setter MVP at Prosper in 2015, District MVP in 2014 and first team in 2013, when the program finished as state runner-up. She was all-state her senior and sophomore years and a three-time all-district selection.
Brown also played club for Lonestar and Texas Advantage. She was named to multiple all-tournament teams and received national recognition with PrepVolleyball. She was AVCA Under Armour honorable mention All-American.
“Ashley is very aggressive and gritty,” Kauffman said. “She plays without fear and wants to win more than anything. I loved coaching her because she’s a lot like me – honest and to the point. She only wants what’s best for her team and is very selfless.”
Brown signed her national letter of intent with Oklahoma, but announced in December of 2016 that she was transferring to Washington State
She found much success with the Cougars where she played in all 126 sets in 2017. She recorded a team-high 744 assists and added 229 digs, 46 kills and 20 aces.
“I absolutely love having Ashley on our team,” Greeny said. “Her personality and competitiveness are huge assets. I’m glad to have her for a couple more years.”
Brown averaged 5.9 assists per set, 5.75 in Pac-12 play. Her career-high 57 assists came during Washington State’s NCAA first round win over Florida State. It was the most in a four-set match in the NCAA tournament and tied for most by a Pac-12 setter in 2017.
“To see all of Ashley’s dreams come to fruition has been great to see,” Kauffman said. “She has two great years ahead of her at Washington State.”
“Washington State has been the biggest blessing for me,” Brown added. “My teammates and coaches are such incredible people and have been such a light in my life. I couldn’t imagine my life without transferring here.”