Don't worry, you are not seeing double!! As a way to kick off the spring season, SXU Athletics thought it would be good to feature a pair of Cougar Profiles this week! Since Ashley August and Jaclyn Major are both junior setters on the SXU women's volleyball team, we thought they would be perfect for this role! Enjoy!
Ashley August. a junior from LaGrange Park, Ill., is currently in her third year with the Saint Xavier University women's volleyball team. She is a setter on the squad and majoring in mathematics and secondary education.
Why did you choose to come to Saint Xavier?
I started looking at Saint Xavier because one of my teammates from my club team, Kim Scudder, was being recruited by the coach and knew that they needed a setter so she told me to look into it. We had so much fun attending games together, spending time with the girls on the team, and the coaches were so amazing, it made the choice quite simple.
What are your goals for this season?
My team's goals for the upcoming season are to win conference, make it to Nationals again, and ultimately, win Nationals. Individually, I would like to lead my team to these goals by offering anything and everything I can. That includes 110% effort, both on and off the court.
What do you think you contribute to the Athletic Program?
One thing that I contribute to the athletic program as a whole is supporting my fellow athletes. I find it important to cheer for each other at our games and follow each other's seasons. Another thing that I contribute to the athletic program off the field is maintaining good grades. I think it is crucial for athletes to be able to juggle school work, sports, family, friends and anything else in their lives. I pride myself not on my athletic skills, but more importantly, the characteristics I bring to my team which includes: hard work, dedication, compassion, leadership, teamwork and much more.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
As a team before each game, we do our warm-up which includes the one and only Parisi, mixed up with some dance moves. We take part in a prayer before each game, and at the end of our last season when we were in the conference tournament and at Nationals, our pre-game ritual also included taking a shot of Kool-Aid powder mixed with water.
Who would you say is your favorite athlete?
My two favorite athletes are Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who have made an incredible impact on the sport. Together, they have won more titles than any other pair in sand volleyball. They are very inspiring to watch.
What is your involvement on campus?
I am a student ambassador, which involves giving campus tours and working special events. I am a member of the America Red Cross Club. I am a part of the student athletic committee. I took part in a Spring Break Service Trip to the Darst Center and am going to Belize in May to help build houses. I enjoy getting involved in programs at school, like the Buddy Walk, service projects and attending events hosted on campus.
Do you have a favorite quote or model to live by?
"No one said it would be easy. They just said it would be worth it."
Who would you say is your role model?
I have many role models in my life which include my parents and my sister. My mom inspires me every day by her achievements in running. I have followed in my sister's footsteps her whole life, because when I was little, I wanted to do everything she did and today I am amazed at how much she has truly done. My father is my role model, because he has the life that I one day want to have, including a beautiful family and the job of my dreams.
Tell us an embarrassing or funny moment that happened during practice or a game?
Everything our coach Eugene says is a funny story in itself. Find me sometime and I'll tell you a story in his accent which makes the story. He comes up with the best similes, even though there is usually a lot lost in the translation. For example in the summer, Eugene came to our house to train us and was whipping a branch under our feet to make us jump higher and told us to imagine that we were a bird in the sky, but that we didn't look like a bird. If you've ever seen Eugene warm us up, you would understand why this man is so funny.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I would like to be a high school math teacher and a volleyball coach. I would eventually like to coach at the collegiate level.