With Final Exercises behind us, Streaking The Lawn is spotlighting a number of University of Virginia student-athletes whose senior seasons have come to an end and are the newest members of the Wahoo Alumni community, faced with entering the real world. Earlier, we touched base with Josie Owen (women's lacrosse) and Robert Randolph (football). Here is today's spotlight.
Well there was a small hiatus in our series, but today we're back, and we've got with us former Virginia Volleyball star Simone Asque, who finished her Cavalier career as an outside hitter by leading the Hoos with 403 kills and 3.60 kills per set. She was named to the Cobra Magazine's All-East Region Team for two straight years, and was a VaSID First Team honoree for three straight years. She finished her career high on the Virginia charts, with the fourth-most career kills (1,442), the fourth-highest kills per set average (3.52) and the second-most career attack attempts (4,212).
Simone told us that she is spending this summer at home in Chicago, Illinois, where she's planning on coaching volleyball and working summer camps.
Without any established US professional indoor volleyball league, Simone is looking to get her professional career started overseas. She's signed on with Bring It On Promotions, a professional volleyball agency, to help her pursue her career overseas.
When asked about her time at Virginia, she says she will remember fondly "just how gorgeous the grounds are, like walking through grounds on a beautiful fall day and taking in how the leaves set the trees on fire. Or when the Southern Magnolias bloom and smell so sweet. How beautiful Charlottesville is was one of the reasons I came to UVA."
She says she'll also remember her games against the Hokies, when Mem Gym filled up and the contests were always competitive. Her advice for incoming students?
"Don't over focus on just one or two things while here at UVA. I made the mistake of focusing on just volleyball and school and didn't get a chance to fully explore all of the opportunities the university has to offer."
Simone currently has a tryout tour scheduled for August in Slovenia. She is is also in contact with the Canadian National Team and could end up playing for them following the summer. Good luck, Simone -- Wahoo Nation will be rooting you on wherever you end up!
Her senior season highlights follow the jump: