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    Alexandra Ayers

    Player Profile
    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Playa Del Rey, Calif.

    High School:
    Marymount

    Height:
    6-1

    Position:
    OH

    2009: Played in all 32 matches for Northwestern with 23 starts ... Tied for third on the team with 226 digs, finished fourth on the team with 132 kills and was second in service aces with 19 ... Put together arguably her best match as a Wildcat at Wisconsin (10/24), setting new career-bests in kills (16) and attempts (47) and adding 14 digs while recording the first double-double of her NU career ... Came up big in her season debut, recording 14 kills on 43 attempts at Kentucky (8/28) ... Set a new personal-best with three blocks against Florida International (8/29) ... Played a key role for the Wildcats at the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational, finishing with 15 kills, four blocks and 16 digs ... Had nine kills on 17 attempts with just one error, setting a new personal-best in hitting percentage at .471 against Presbyterian (9/11) ... Had 14 digs in the tournament finale at Charlotte (9/12) ... Had a pair of service aces and 11 digs at Michigan State (10/3) ... Recorded nine kills, two blocks, two service aces and 6 digs vs. Minnesota (10/17) ... Had her second career double-double at Purdue (10/30) after posting 13 kills and a career-best 18 digs ... Led the Wildcats in both kills (11) and digs (13) at Ohio State (11/13) for the third double-double of her career ... Notched double-digit kill totals in four matches and double-digit dig totals in eight matches ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2008: Hit the court running as a freshman, appearing in all 31 matches for Northwestern while starting 17, including her collegiate debut against Illinois Chicago (8/29) ... Finished fifth in the team in kills with 133 and was one of just two `Cats to tally triple digits in both kills and digs (185) ... Had an impressive collegiate debut, starting both matches of the Chicagoland Challenge ... Registered eight kills on 34 attempts at Loyola Chicago (8/30) to go along with five digs and a pair of blocks ... Registered seven kills, three digs and three service aces in her collegiate debut vs. Illinois-Chicago (8/29) ... Had a eight digs against Cleveland State (9/6) while adding a pair of blocks ... Came up big against Montana State (9/12), setting personal-bests in kills (nine) and digs (13) ... Played a key role for NU at the Wildcat Classic, setting new personal bests in kills (15) and hitting percentage (.375) against Virginia ... Had a pair of assists and blocks against UCLA (9/20) ... Recorded her 100th career kill against Wisconsin (10/8).

    High School: Four-year letterwinner for Marymount High School ... Helped lead the Sailors to the division 4 state championship as a junior ... Captured CIF championship all four years ... Was named to the CIF first-team in 2004, 2006 and 2007 ... As a freshman was named one of PrepVolleyball.com's top-50 freshman and was evaluated by USA Volleyball as "one of the top 10 outside hitters in the country in her age group" ... Began playing club volleyball at eight years old, most recently for TCA 18-1 ... Played a major role in helping club team capture the 2008 Las Vegas Fiesta Classic championship ... Member of 2006 national championship while finishing third nationally in 2007 ... Named to the honor roll and California Scholarship Federation in 2004, 2005 and 2006 ... Participated in student council as a senior.

    Personal: Born Alexandra Ayers ... Daughter of Jim and Paula Ayers ... Sister Kelly played volleyball for William and Mary ... Received first volleyball recruiting letter from Southern California when she was 12 years old ... Competed against fellow Wildcat freshman Natalie Taylor in high school ... Majoring in radio/film/television.

    Ayers' Career Statistics

    Year M-G K E TA PCT AST SA BS BA DG
    2008 31-110 133 73 510 .118 2015 2 15 185
    2009 32-117 132 87 538 .084 1119 0 19 226
    Totals 63-227 265 160 1048 .100 3134 2 34 411

    Ayers' Career Highs

    Kills 16, at Wisconsin (10-24-09)
    Total Attempts 47, at Wisconsin (10-24-09)
    Hitting Pct. (min. 10 att) .471, vs. Presbyterian (9-11-09)
    Service Aces 3, vs. Illinois-Chicago (8-29-08)
    Assists 27, vs. Wisconsin (10-8-08)
    Total Blocks 3, vs. Florida International (8-29-09)
    Digs 18, at Purdue (10-30-09)