Nov. 3, 2004
By Kimberly Wearne
Ashley Meyer is a true team player. The senior middle blocker from Luling, La. always looks at the larger picture, providing emotional support for the team rather than worrying about personal game statistics.
“I think my role on this team has always been to be an emotional leader and supporter. I have never been one of those who complained about playing time or anything like that. I try to show up to practice and the matches each day with a smile on my face,” says Meyer, “My main goal is to have a constant positive attitude. Something that people will come to rely on every single day. I cherish my role.”
“I think that when I leave I want people to remember me as someone who touched their lives in some way as a team mate and friend.”
-Senior Ashley Meyer
Meyer’s takes the responsibility of being the team motivator. Her contagious smile and optimistic attitude are great assets to any sport team. “When we are down or need someone to lift us up, Ashley seems to always know the right words to say,” says Seminole head coach Todd Kress.
Meyer was recruited to play for the Seminoles her senior year of high school after earning All-State Athletic and All-State Academic where she was also the Salutatorian of her graduating class. Due to an injury however, she was unable to play her freshman season. This did not break Meyer’s bright outlook, she came back and tallied 33 kills, 19 total blocks and an impressive .485 hitting percentage in three seasons. During her sophomore year, she recorded a career-high five kills on five attacks with no errors for a perfect hitting percentage against IUPUI. Meyer maintained her perfect hitting percentage in three of the five matches played in 2002 finishing the season with an .800 hitting percentage. She continued to play well during 2003 to hit a .356 on the season in just 12 games and led the team with six blocks at Virginia.
In addition to being an inspiration to her team mates, Meyer also finds time to encourage future college athletes. Earlier this year, along with five other FSU athletes, she spent an evening at John Paul II High School speaking with student athletes. Meyers expressed her views on being a student athlete in college and how to balance academics, athletics and a social life.
She will leave Florida State with a degree in exercise science and will move on to Los Angeles in order to pursue a post graduate degree from UCLA. Although the change of scenery is a big step to take, Meyer is never one to shy away from a challenge.
“It’s hard packing up your bags and leaving your friends to head out west, but it is something my heart tells me to do and I’m excited and scared at the same time, but I relish the challenge,” says Meyer.
“Ashley is the type of person you know will do big things with her life,” says Kress, “She is career motivated and focused and I have full faith she will excel in whatever area she chooses. I’m pretty certain she will touch people’s lives, as she did with us, in the next chapter of her life.”
Meyer has deeply enjoyed her four years in Tallahassee as a Seminole.
“There is no doubt that I have dramatically changed and grown up over the last four years,” she says, “I think that when I leave I want people to remember me as someone who touched their lives in some way as a team mate and friend. It’s amazing to think what Florida State has done for me from my coaches, to my teachers, to administrators, to friends to team mates; I’m so blessed to have met so many great people. This university will forever be a part of me.”