Ashburn, VA (August16, 2015) – Stone Bridge High School senior, Ashlyn Dunlop, has committed to play volleyball at Hampton University (HU) starting in the 2016-2017 academic school year.
Dunlop decided on Hampton the day after she made her first unofficial visit. Dunlop said “It was obvious that Hampton was where I wanted to be after touring the campus and spending the day with the coaches.” She selected Hampton because she wanted a school that would challenge her academically and athletically. Hampton is known for its academic and athletic excellence, and the Pirates have won two back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) volleyball championships. Dunlop hopes to help continue this winning tradition. Hampton University was founded in the days of the Civil War. On April 1, 1868, the university was originally known as the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute and the founding father was Brigadier General Samuel Chapman Armstrong. In its 147th year, Hampton University continues its motto, “The Standard of Excellence, An Education for Life.” The university campus has 118 buildings sprawled over 314 acres in Hampton, Virginia, along the banks of the Virginia Peninsula, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. In 2014, HU had a student base of 4,397 with 3,504 undergraduates, 893 graduate and professionals, and 882 First-Time Entering Freshmen. Several hundred Freshmen commit to HU each year.
Dunlop’s commitment to become a Pirate felt very surreal because it is something that she has been working hard for and wanting for a very long time. “The recruiting process went very well, even though it was long,” said Dunlop. Dunlop’s favorite part of the recruiting process was visiting difference colleges and traveling to different places. However, she is glad it’s done. Dunlop will be playing for first-year Head Coach Janay Yancey and Assistance Coach Dexter Powers. In 2014, the Pirates achieved an overall record of 21-11, and 11-1 in Conference play. Dunlop said, “Going into my first year, I will need to get acclimated to the pace of Division I collegiate volleyball, and will compete for playing time as a freshman.” Academically, Dunlop plans on pursing a degree in Communications and Radio Broadcasting.
Dunlop has been playing volleyball since she was twelve years old. She first started playing for Loudoun Youth Volleyball ( LYV) in middle school and began playing club for Northern Virginia Volleyball Association (NVVA) later in the same year.” “My fondest memories of playing High School volleyball would be making Varsity my Freshman Year and as a Sophomore, playing at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the State Championship Finals,” said Dunlop. Dunlop has one more year at Stone Bridge before she starts her collegiate career and she has a lot to be thankful for.
“I am thankful for the many supporters and I’m extremely thankful to Coach Seng Chiu,” said Dunlop. Dunlop has been working with Seng for about 5 years now and he has continued to help her improve as a player each year. “I would also like to thank my NVVA Club Coach, Rodrigo Gomes, this past year for training me to be the best volleyball player I can be, said Dunlop.” Dunlop gives special thanks and a shout out to Head Coach Jill Raschiatore at Stone Bridge HS for selecting her to play at the varsity level for the Bulldogs as a freshman and for having the confidence in her to start as a sophomore. Dunlop says, “Hopefully, we can get a ring before I leave Stone Bridge. That is the goal this season!” “I’d like thank and give a huge shout out to my parents for always believing in me, said Dunlop.”
In giving advice to others in pursuing their dream, Dunlop says “stay motivated and work hard! It’s up to you whether you give up or not. Never let someone else tell you what you can or can’t do.” Dunlop believes that “Through preparation and prayer all things are possible!”
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