Welcome Wednesdays: Meet Ashley Eneliko

Aug. 5, 2009

The Oregon State volleyball program, under the leadership of fifth-year head coach Taras Liskevych, welcomes six freshmen to the 2009 squad. Ashley Eneliko, a 5-11 middle blocker/outside hitter from Seattle, Wash., was the fourth to sit down to answer questions in a six-part series “Welcome Wednesdays,” where a new member will be featured on www.osubeavers.com. Eneliko was a two-time League MVP and earned All-State honors as a hitter. And two of her cousins also play volleyball in college currently.


How long have you been playing volleyball, and how did you get into it?

I have been playing volleyball for five years. I got into it because my whole family enjoyed the sport. We would play at the park, in someone’s yard or just pepper in the front yard or parking lot. I was surrounded by the sport and fell in love with it. After messing around, I decided that I wanted to improve and learn more about it. Then I started playing club and high school volleyball. From then on, my passion for the game continued to grow, and my skills were progressing.


What do you look forward to the most this upcoming season?

I am looking forward to being a part of the whole college experience. My main focus is to adapt to the whole new learning environment and the intense level of volleyball.


What are your personal goals for the season?

Along with finally being able to create a stronger bond with my coaches and teammates, I also want to improve my skills out on the volleyball court. I know I have a great amount of volleyball to learn, and I want to be able to better my skills so that I’m playing to the best of my abilities. I also need to master the skill of balancing and managing my time for school and volleyball.


Why Oregon State?

I felt that Oregon State was not only a place where I could see myself playing for but also realized that Oregon State would also be a place where I wanted to study my major – psychology. I was told and greatly informed about the psychology program here and was interested in being part of it.


Why did you choose psychology?

I chose psychology as my major because I like studying about people’s emotions and why they feel the way to do. I want to be able to help them. Right now I have the idea of becoming a therapist because I want to be able to talk to people about their problems and help or be of assistance.


10 Fun Facts about Ashley Eneliko

·         My nicknames are Ash, Samoa, ENELIKO!

·         If I could be on any reality TV show, it would be The Game because that’s one of my favorite shows.

·         I would like to master the skill of playing the ukulele. Then I can just play and sing my own songs instead of waiting for someone to play for me.

·         My most embarrassing moment on the court was when I went to block an over feed, but I wasn’t looking at the ball. So I went up thinking that I was going to block it, and it came down and hit me in the head.

·         Over the summer, I spent most of my time with family and friends.

·         One thing most people don’t know about me is I have two cats named Simba and Lilo, who I love very much.

·         My favorite vacation spot is Hawai’i. It’s nice, warm and wonderful with beautiful tourist attractions.

·         If I wasn’t playing volleyball, I’d be playing basketball, which was my first love. I had a passion for playing basketball. It was my first sport, and I loved it so much. My goal when I was younger was to play for the WNBA, but then I was introduced to volleyball and fell in love with it.

·         The best road trip is always the trip I take each year with my family to Idaho. We go camping, and then we visit the Silverwood Theme and Water Park.

·         If I could live anywhere in the world it would be Seattle, just because that’s where I grew up, and I don’t mind the weather. Plus my family is there, and I love it in Seattle.

See Eneliko and the rest of the team in legendary Gill Coliseum this season by purchasing season tickets, NOW AVAILABLE. For more information, contact the Oregon State Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBEAVS or visit www.osubeavers.com.


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