Beyer Claims Gold with Lindesberg Volley
April 20, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Former Marquette women's volleyball player Ashley Beyer spent the spring semester playing professionally for Lindesberg Volley in Sweden, helping the squad to its first-ever national championship in the Elitserien playoffs. The SM-Guld was claimed over Hylte/Halmstad with a sweep in the best-of-five championship series.
Beyer was a three-time All-BIG EAST Conference performer at Marquette, an AVCA All-American and helped the Golden Eagles to their first NCAA Championship appearance in 2011. The Bloomington, Ill., native is one of three former MU players to play professionally in the last year, joining Rabbecka Gonyo (Spain) and Nikki Klingsporn (Germany).
Beyer took some time following Lindesberg's gold medal victory to reflect on her overseas experience.
GoMarquette.com: How did the season progress and how long did it take to acclimate to the match play and culture?
Ashley Beyer: The season was halfway through when I arrived and it took me maybe a month to get acclimated to everyone on the team and the style of volleyball. Culture-wise it probably took me about a month-and-a-half to get use to the people and food.
GoMarquette.com: What was your favorite part of the experience?
Beyer: I would have to say my favorite part of this experience would be winning the gold and getting to play with some amazing players. The people here were so welcoming that when I came in they just made me feel at home. I am so thankful that I got this experience and it went so well.
GoMarquette.com: What was it like to capture a championship?
Beyer: Capturing a championship here was amazing, and it being my first overseas experience has just made this that much better. Lindesberg has never won gold before, so being a part of history is great. We also had the home-court advantage for the championship game which was amazing. At a regular game we would get around 500 people but at this finals match we had 13,000 people there so the environment was great.
GoMarquette.com: Did you see any similarities between your Lindesberg team and Marquette?
Beyer: We knew we had a lot of great talent at both places and we could win anything that we put our hearts to. We didn't have an easy route to make it to the finals. We played two of the best teams in the league to get to the finals so we knew that it wasn't going to be easy but we all believed we could do it.
GoMarquette.com: Was there a lesson or experience that you learned at Marquette that you realized helped you in Sweden?
Beyer: I think that Marquette prepared me mentally and physically to be able to play here. The coaches I had at Marquette helped me be at my best on and off the court. I think that if I didn't have so much support from them this experience wouldn't have been as easy. Knowing that I always had them to go back to if I needed someone to talk to made me feel more secure here.
GoMarquette.com: Are you contemplating another season overseas?
Beyer: Yes, I do want to play another season overseas. At this point I can't exactly say where but I wouldn't mind coming back to Sweden.
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