Sarah Ammerman

Sarah Ammerman

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Parker, Colo.

High School:
Chaparral

Height:
6-2

Position:
OH

Experience:
3L

Club Team:
Front Range

Career Stats

An all-around complete player who is critical to A&M's success both offensively and defensively...A three-year starter, always comes ready to compete and take the team on her shoulders...Is a cornerstone for the team not only because of her play, but because of her work ethic, leadership and dedication, as well as her unmatched determination to win...Has a great understanding of the game and is quickly moving up the A&M record books for career kills...Has a textbook arm swing and hits with power high above the net...Utilizes a commanding array of shots to deceive the defense and is capable of putting the ball away from anywhere on the court...Defensively, has become more consistent with her block and back row play...Is a primary passer and one of the team's best servers with her powerful jump serve...Has honed her skills each of the last two years as a member of USA Volleyball's A2 Team at the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships...Has a robust and contagious passion and commitment to the sport with aspirations of continuing her career at the professional level.

Ammerman's Honors

2009
USA Volleyball A2 Team, Bronze Medalist, USA Open Championships

2008
USA Volleyball A2 Team, Bronze Medalist, USA Open Championships
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Texas A&M Most Valuable Player
Texas A&M Best Offensive Player
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (11/24)
Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Texas A&M Invitational All-Tournament Team
University of San Diego All-Tournament Team
Collegiate Volleyball Update Top Performers List (11/25)

2007
Texas A&M Best Offensive Player
MSU Holiday Inn Classic, MVP
Texas A&M Invitational All-Tournament Team

2006
CSU Hilton Classic All-Tournament Team

At Texas A&M

2008 - Junior
An All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, also was voted A&M's Most Valuable Player in addition to earning the team's Best Offensive Player award for the second consecutive season...Started in every match and played in 110 of 113 sets...Ranked second on the team and 10th in the Big 12 with 3.35 kills per set for the full season...Also ranked second on the team with 3.75 points per set and led the Aggies with 24 aces and a 0.22 ace average...Led the Aggies and ranked seventh in the Big 12 in both kills (3.49) and points (3.90) per set in league matches only...Was the catalyst in A&M's season-ending six-match winning streak, hitting .326 while averaging 4.55 kills and 5.07 points per set during the stretch...Received the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award on Nov. 24 and was named to the Collegiate Volleyball Update Top Performers List after leading the Big 12 with 5.50 points and 5.00 kills per set while hitting at a .356 clip in crucial victories against Oklahoma and Colorado...Recorded the most kills by an A&M player in a three-set match (16 vs. Texas Tech), four-set match (18 vs. American) and five-set match (26 vs. Oklahoma) in 2008...Became the 15th player in A&M history to surpass 1,000 career kills after posting 16 in the Aggies' 3-1 victory over Iowa State on Nov. 12...Ended the season ranked 12th in the A&M records with 1,087 career kills...Became the fifth A&M player to surpass the 1,000 career points milestone after a 15.5 point performance against Missouri on Oct. 4 and ended the season ranked fourth in the record books with 1,238.5 points for her career...Tallied 11 double-doubles to tie for the team lead...Led the team in points in 12 matches and in kills in 11 matches overall, including each of the last seven matches of the season...Had two 20-kill performances...Recorded the second 20-20 performance of her career with 20 kills and 21 digs against No. 3 Nebraska on Nov. 5...Garnered all-tournament honors at both the Texas A&M Invitational and the USD Tournament.

2007 - Sophomore
Named A&M's Best Offensive Player...Started every match and led A&M and ranked in the top five in the Big 12 with 4.43 kills, 0.36 aces and 5.07 points per game for the full season...Also ranked in the top four in the league with 4.66 kills, 0.40 aces and 5.36 points per game in Big 12 matches only...Reached double figures in kills in a team-leading 25 matches...Led or tied for team high in kills in 19 matches and in points in 21 matches...Posted 20 or more kills in seven matches, including five of the final eight matches of the season...Recorded the first 20-20 performance of her career with 22 kills and 21 digs against Oklahoma on Sept. 12...Both career-high 27 kills and career-high 30 points at Colorado were the most in a single match by an A&M player in 2007...Had five aces in a home victory against the Buffs, setting an A&M record for a 4-game Big 12 match...Ranked second on the team with 11 double-doubles...Collected MVP honors at the Montana State Holiday Inn Classic after leading the Aggies to the tournament title...Ended the season with 512.5 points, ranking fifth in the A&M all-time season records and moving her into seventh in the career records with 847.0.

2006 - Freshman
Made an immediate and successful transition to the college level and was named to the season-opening CSU Hilton Classic all-tournament team after helping the Aggies capture the tournament title with a 3-0 record...In the season opener and in her collegiate debut, started on the left side and hit .286 and led A&M with 18 kills, 17 digs and 20.5 points in a 3-1 victory against host and NCAA tournament-bound Colorado State in front of her home-state family and friends...Played in 26 of 28 matches throughout the season, starting 22...Ranked third on the team with 3.28 kills and 2.34 digs per game for the full season...Led A&M with a 3.40 kill average in Big 12 games only...Reached double figures in kills in 14 matches, including each of the first four matches of the season...Her career-high 27 kills and 29 points against Iowa State on Nov. 12 were the most by an A&M player in 2006...Reached double figures in digs in seven matches - including a career-high 18 at Kansas - and posted seven double-doubles overall...Led or tied for the team lead in kills in nine matches, in points in nine matches, and in digs in four matches...Was the team leader and ranked 10th in the conference in aces per game, posting a 0.30 average for the full season and a 0.31 average in Big 12 games only.

Previous Athletic Experience

A National Player of the Year finalist by PrepVolleyball.com as a senior at Chaparral High School after leading the state of Colorado with 6.39 kills per game...Was named to both the Mizuno/Volleyball and PrepVolleyball.com high school All-American teams and was selected the Colorado Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior...Also was named to Volleyball's "Fab 50," a list of the nation's top 50 high school recruits, as well as PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces list of top recruits...In addition, was named the Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado Player of the Year and selected to the state all-tournament team by both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post after leading Chaparral to the state finals...Was a three-year letterwinner for the Wolverines and coach T.R. Ellis...As a junior, was named to the all-Colorado team by both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post after leading the state with 4.8 kills per game...Also received all-state and all-conference honors and in 2005 was invited to the USA Junior National A2 Camp...Played middle blocker as a sophomore and was named to the all-conference first team and received all-state honorable mention...Competed for Front Range Volleyball Club from 2002-06 and qualified for nationals every year...Current Aggie teammate Kristen Schevikhoven also was on her 18s team, which was coached by Jim Miret and placed 11th in 18 Open Nationals in 2005...Tied for fifth in the Open Division at the 2006 Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships and took first place at the 2006 AAU National Championships, which rates as the most memorable moment of her prep volleyball career.

Personal

Sarah Julie Ammerman is the daughter of Brett and Maria Ammerman...Is the second of eight children...From a volleyball family, her mother played volleyball at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, and her father, who played club volleyball at Purdue, was a member of the Men's 45 and Over Gold Flight championship team at the 2005 USA Open Championships...In addition, her older brother, Ryan, was an AVCA first-team All-American and was the MVP at the 2009 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships after leading the University of California-Irvine to the national title as a senior setter...Her twin younger brothers Dalton and Luke, both 18, have been in USA Volleyball's junior pipeline and will play college volleyball at Long Beach State and Cal-Irvine, respectively...Sarah began playing volleyball in the fourth grade for a recreation team that was coached by her mother...Made recruiting visits to Nebraska, Washington, Illinois, Texas, Michigan and Colorado State, in addition to Texas A&M...Signed with the Aggies because, "I knew as soon as I stepped on the campus that it was the place for me. The traditions and atmosphere in College Station are unbelievable. Also, the coaching staff's knowledge and experience are so impressive. As well as being able to compete in the Big 12"...Most memorable moment of A&M career is playing No. 3 Nebraska at G. Rollie last year and taking the Huskers to five games, 15-13 in the fifth. "The crowd was amazing, and we were playing rock solid"...Hobbies include reading, hanging out with friends, watching sports, and listening to music...A two-time Texas A&M/Verizon Scholar Athlete, is majoring in university studies with a business concentration...Is a double minor in sports management and agricultural journalism...Plans to play professional volleyball following her graduation in May 2010...Born Oct. 7, 1987, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Ammerman Up Close

The person who has had the greatest impact on my athletic career: I was born in a gym, I grew up watching my parents play, and they not only introduced me to the game itself but instilled my love for the game

The A&M volleyball player who will surprise people the most this year:
Jenny Banse, the girl has improved leaps and bounds since her freshman year and is about to shock the nation with her skills and power

Teammate who would be the best candidate for American Idol:
I definitely have the best voice, hands down...just give me an iPod :)

Teammate who would be the best candidate for The Next Food Network Star: Jola is obsessed with the food channel. I've never actually experienced her cooking but it has to be good!

Teammate who would be the best candidate for Wipeout: ME ME ME omg that is my favorite show EVER, I cry laughing watch it every time, it is my dream to be on there

People have told me that I look like (name of celebrity):
Every year at camp all the little campers tell me I look exactly like Audrina from The Hills

A song title that best describes me:
Miss Independent

Favorite Aggie tradition: 12th Man, best support in the nation!

Favorite class at Texas A&M:
Sociology of Sport, one of the most memorable professors I'll ever have

After I graduate, I plan to:
go overseas and play professionally, hopefully in the same country that my older brother does because that would be sweet!