Girls volleyball: Methacton's Ashley Newman headed to Rutgers-Camden

Methacton senior Ashley Newman, seated between Chris Newman (father) and Leslie Newman (mother) makes a verbal commitment to continue her academic and volleyball career at Division III Rutgers-Camden (NJ) during a recent press conference at the school that was also attended by Methacton coach Shane Manser (standing).

Ashley Neman profile

High School: Methacton High School

Graduation Year: 2017

Position: Defensive Specialist/Libero

College Choice: Rutgers University Camden

Club Affiliation: Synergy Volleyball

Parents: Chris and Leslie Newman

Major Athletic Honors: All-PAC first team, second team and honorable mention selection during career; Four-year varsity player and senior captain

Academic/community service: 3 Year "M" Award recipient, All Academic Conference recipient

College Major: Business

Other schools under consideration: Penn State University, Ithaca College, Rowan University

Why did you choose this school? “Rutgers Camden offers high educational opportunities while also giving me the opportunity to playvolleyball throughout my college career.”

Expectations for the upcoming season: “I look forward to experiencing new coaching styles and playing with new teammates. I expect the team to have a successful season considering the past records and the overall talent on the team.”

Reflections on high school career: “I have had nothing but a positive experience playing with the Methacton volleyball team. We played as a team, for each other and positive results came out. I feel that my academics positively challenged me and set me up to be successful in college however, playing with the volleyball team was my highlight of my high school career.”

Methacton coach Shane Manser: "The Methacton Volleyball team has always been built with a defense first mentality. The defense in recent years has been built around Ashley Newman. Ashley skillfully led the team by excelling in the pressure packed libero position. Her consistent high level of play and positive demeanor on the court made Ashley the perfect captain as she led the team to a successful season.”