FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas volleyball team will welcome a new addition as Ashley Vazquez joins the roster in January and begin her Razorback career with the upcoming spring season. With two seasons remaining, the 6-1 setter/attacker comes to Arkansas as a junior after spending the previous two seasons at Long Beach State.
"Ashley is going to give us depth at the setter position," head coach Robert Pulliza said. "She is also going to give us flexibility within our offensive system. I expect her to provide an immediate impact for us this year."
During her time at Long Beach, Vazquez saw action in 40 sets, averaging more than nine assists per set and 0.70 blocks per set. She established highs of 66 assists and 11 digs in a win over No. 25 St. Mary’s during the 2010 season. The Gurabo, Puerto Rico, native also had matches with 44 and 39 assists against No. 2 Texas and Virginia, respectively. With Vazquez as the team’s starting setter to begin the 2010 season, Long Beach State won six of its first seven matches. She helped the 49ers to appearances in the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons.
Vazquez played six years with the Puerto Rico Junior National Team and was named the Most Valuable Player at the JVDA U18 Championships. During her prep career, Vazquez was a four-year letterwinner at Colegio Catolico Notre Dame where she led the Knights to two league championships and three appearances in the finals. She was a four-time All-Star performer for the Puerto Rico High School Athletic Alliance (PRHSAA).
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