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Northview alum, Veach gets defensive at Ole Miss
by Chase Wallace
September 05, 2012 02:25 PM | 2097 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Northview volleyball alum Ashley Veach heads into her senior season at Ole Miss as the team’s starting libero.
Northview volleyball alum Ashley Veach heads into her senior season at Ole Miss as the team’s starting libero.
After biding her time for three years as a reserve at Ole Miss, Northview volleyball alum Ashley Veach has dug her way into the starting lineup by doing what she does best — play defense.

“I’ve been working so hard for three years and it’s exciting to finally get my shot,” said Veach, who played four years for the Lady Titans while also starring for the nationally renowned A5 volleyball club in north Fulton.

“Individually this is the first year I’m getting to play libero and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

A four-year letter winner at Northview, Veach was a key part of three state championship teams (2005, 2007 and 2008) under previous head coach Jeff White. An all-state selection in 2008, Veach set school records for career aces, single season aces, and single season digs while spending most of her time in high school as an outside hitter.

After spending her final year at A5 as a defensive specialist, Veach went to Ole Miss to star in the same role. Through three years she has been a regular in the Lady Rebels defensive rotation, playing in 80 games and even getting the start 17 times. She posted 471 digs through three seasons including a career high 196 last fall.

“It was a huge transition when I got to college with the level of play being so much higher, play being faster and the time commitment being so great. It took a lot of reps, workouts and time on the court to get to this point,” said Veach, who also puts in plenty of time and work off the court as a forensic chemistry major.

Veach said practice time can run up to three hours a day and includes workouts through the summer — the majority of her time in the last year being spent on defense as she tried to fine tune the arts of serve-receive and passing in anticipation for her first season as a starter.

“I’m ready for the challenge, and my only hope is to play the best of my ability for myself and my team as we hope to compete for an SEC Championship.”

Ole Miss and Veach will host the Magnolia Invitational this weekend. SEC play starts Sept. 14 at Texas A&M.

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