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Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin has announced the signing of Ashlee Howe for the upcoming 2013 season. The 6-foot-0 middle-hitter was a two-year starter for Ryle High School and coach Tasha Tanner-Lovins.
"Ashlee is an exciting addition to our 2013 recruiting class," Griffin said. "Her athleticism, speed and length will give us an important weapon for the future and even greater versatility. She has only begun to scratch the surface of how good she could be."
Ryle was 55-13 during Howe's time on varsity. The Lady Raiders captured two 33rd District Championships and twice finished as a semi-finalist in the Region 9 tournament. Howe garnered All-Region accolades following her junior season and then capped off her high school career by being named All-District and Honorable Mention All-State.
That success has carried over to her club career with Northern Kentucky Volleyball Club. Despite only two seasons of club experience, Howe has still been one of the starting middle hitters on NKYVC's top teams where they have finished near the top of the competitive Ohio Valley Region. This season her 18 Tsunami team won the K2 Invite and finished in the Top 5 at the President's Cup.
Along with her volleyball background, Howe has also been a key member of the Ryle track and field team. Earning an impressive five varsity letters, Howe placed fourth at the 2012 KHSAA State Meet in the high jump and was awarded Ryle's track MVP.
"The academics at Georgetown are very strong, which was a key part, but it was how I felt when I was around the girls and the team," said Howe about her decision to come to Georgetown. "I felt like Georgetown is where I belonged."
Howe is the daughter of Julie Howe and is planning to major in exercise science.