« Volleyball 2013

Ashley Neff

School

Florida State

Position
Middle Blocker
Major
Social Science
K
146
Pct
.375
SA
0
BS
20
BA
93
D
11

Classroom

Neff is a social science major who has a strong interest in history as well. She is expected to graduate in the Fall 2013 and recently earned a spot on the Dean’s List during the Fall 2012.

Character

Neff has grown more into a leadership role over her career at Florida State and is the lone four-year senior on the 2013 squad. Ashley is also a multiple-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, a group that meets bi-weekly and is composed of current student-athletes who discuss issues across Florida State and the Atlantic Coast Conference. She is currently detailing the team’s progress in a weekly blog that is being published on ESPNW.com.

Community

Neff has been a part of several community service initiatives over her nearly four years at Florida State. She has worked several camps and clinics to benefit aspiring volleyball players, participated in Relay For Life events, read to children at various elementary schools and has attended several “Let Us Play” functions aimed at benefiting and fundraising women’s athletics at Florida State. Neff and her teammates have participated in a host of charitable events in their time as Seminoles and have impacted several lives along the way. Most recently, Neff helped partake in a Bone Marrow Drive to benefit FSU football head coach Jimbo Fisher’s son, Ethan, who has Fanconi anemia. Neff and the rest of her teammates entered themselves into the national bone marrow registry.

Competition

Neff was named an AVCA Third-Team All-American in 2012, just the third non-honorable mention All-American and the second two-time All-American in school history. Her year was also highlighted by ACC Player of the Year accolades, just the second in school history. She finished seventh nationally in blocks per set at 1.61, which was even higher than the benchmark she set her sophomore campaign and is the seventh-highest by a Seminole. Neff totaled 184 blocks in 2012, the eighth most in the country and the 10th-most by a Seminole. Her excellent campaign also included finishing 21st in the country with a .380 hitting percentage, the fifth-highest in school history. She spent the majority of the 2012 season as the only student-athlete in the Top 10 in blocks per set and hitting percentage, and was within striking distance of being just the 12th middle blocker since 2001 to finish in the Top In 2013, Neff has already earned ACC Player of the Week honors and has reached several more milestones. The Kennesaw, Ga., native became just the eighth player in school history to garner her 500th career block and has a chance to finish her career at Florida State in the top three all-time in total blocks. The accomplishment is even more impressive considering she spent half of her freshman year not playing because she was supposed to redshirt until team injuries forced her into action. She is also third in school history in block assists and has a chance of passing volleyball legend Gabrielle Reece by season’s end. Halfway through the regular season, Neff is second among active players in blocks per set and fourth in total blocks. Neff was named an AVCA Third-Team All-American in 2012, just the third non-honorable mention All-American and the second two-time All-American in school history. Her year was also highlighted by ACC Player of the Year accolades, just the second in school history. She finished seventh nationally in blocks per set at 1.61, which was even higher than the benchmark she set her sophomore campaign and is the seventh-highest by a Seminole. Neff totaled 184 blocks in 2012, the eighth most in the country and the 10th-most by a Seminole. Her excellent campaign also included finishing 21st in the country with a .380 hitting percentage, the fifth-highest in school history. She spent the majority of the 2012 season as the only student-athlete in the Top 10 in blocks per set and hitting percentage, and was within striking distance of being just the 12th middle blocker since 2001 to finish in the Top 10 in both categories.10 in both categories. Her 438 career blocks rank eighth in school history.