Ashley Beyer Signs with Lindesberg Volley
Jan. 25, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer has signed a contract to play professional volleyball with Lindesberg Volley of the Swedish Elitserien.
“I am excited to get the opportunity to play professionally,” Beyer said. “It is a great way for me to learn and grown as a person and player. Having never been out of the country this is a huge change for me, but I'm excited to meet those challenges. The volleyball style here is a little different but it is just a matter of time before I get into the flow of things.”
Beyer, a native of Bloomington, Ill., had a stellar three-year career with the Golden Eagles, recording 1,214 career kills to rank fourth in Marquette history. Beyer also recorded a career hitting percentage of .207, logged 818 digs and 110 service aces.
“It is so encouraging for us as coaches to know that our graduates still have a love for the game of volleyball after they finish playing for Marquette,” third-year Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. “It’s also inspiring for the younger players in our program to know that they too can strive to play professionally someday and experience the big world out there. Ashley was such a fun player to coach, a determined player to train and an unstoppable athlete. I know she will continue to be a dominating force on the court in Sweden.”
The outside hitter is the third Golden Eagle in the last two years to play professionally in Europe, joining Nikki Klingsporn (VC Wiesbaden) and Rabbecka Gonyo (Voley Murcia). Shymansky has coached eight student-athletes whom have gone on to play professional volleyball.
As a senior in 2011, Beyer led the Golden Eagles to a milestone season, during which Marquette made its first-ever NCAA tournament, won its first round tournament match (over Western Kentucky), and notched a program-record 24 victories.
Beyer was named First Team All-BIG EAST in 2010 and Second Team All-BIG East in 2011 and 2009.
“I am glad I got the chance to play under Bond, Michaela (Franklin), and Craig (Dyer),” Beyer said. “They are all great people and coaches. They taught me a lot through my years at Marquette of how to be a better player and person. I’m glad I got the chance to experience a great career at MU with such great coaches and teammates.
“Bond helped me throughout this whole decision once the season got over with. He thought I would fit in the best here because of an American coach and it wouldn’t be much of a culture shock.”
Lindesberg is coached by former Notre Dame assistant coach Matt Botsford, who was with the Irish in 2009 during Beyer's sophomore year at MU. Lindesberg is currently in third place in the Elistserien and its season runs through April.