HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Volleyball Head Coach Amanda Berkley announced the addition of Ashley Chapman of Mobile, Ala., for the 2016-17 academic year.
Chapman, a 5-11 outside hitter, earned five letters from St. Luke’s High School where she was a team captain for four years. She finished with 2,013 kills which ranks in the top 15 in the Alabama high school history. She helped her team finish third at the AHSAA state tournament twice and won five regional championship.
Chapman was named to the all-county team and Kiwanis Club Player of the Week. She earned first team all-state honors while earning first team all-region for three seasons. She recorded a single season school record 630 kills and 123 blocks. She was named St. Luke’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2015. She also was named to the Mobile Press Register Super 12 Volleyball Team honorable mention and the Birmingham News 1A all-state team.
Chapman played for the Mobile Storm Volleyball Club from 2012 to 2016 as an outside hitter and middle blocker.
She comes from a Southern Miss family as her father (Alan), mother (Debra) and brother (Jamie) all attended Southern Miss. Her father was a member of the 1987 NIT Championship team while and brother was a member of the Golden Eagle team from 2012-15.
“I chose Southern Miss because I feel like I have always been a Golden Eagle,” Chapman said. “Since both of my parents graduated from Southern Miss I have grown up visiting USM. I love the beautiful campus and feel very much at home here. Growing up in Mobile, Southern Miss is far enough away that I feel like I am going away to college but close enough that I can go home when I want and my family is able to come watch me play. I am also excited to get to share a year of college with my brother, Jamie, who will graduate from USM in 2017. The volleyball coaches and players are more like a family then just a team and have made me feel very welcomed, making Southern Miss an easy choice for me.”
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