Ex-Tarpon volleyball star shining at Maryland

TARPON SPRINGS — Less than one year removed from starring in the cozy confines of Tarpon Springs High School’s gym, Ashlyn MacGregor is continuing her success on a bigger stage.

The freshman middle blocker is immediately contributing to this year’s University of Maryland volleyball team and picked up her first career conference honor earlier this month when named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Week on Oct. 7.

“Ashlyn is getting better and better every week,” head coach Tim Horsmon said in a Maryland Athletics report on MacGregor’s recent success. “She has become someone that we feel comfortable setting and she’s done a great job. She works hard every day and she’s a lot of fun to coach.”

MacGregor earned her recognition after putting down 20 kills and blocking 11 balls at the net during two matches. Her hitter percentage in those games was .447, and the 12 kills against Virginia Tech were a career-high that surpassed teammate Alex Brown for the most finishes by a Maryland freshman this season, as per the team’s website.

The Terrapins are 11-9 overall and 3-5 in ACC play with 12 games remaining before the postseason.

As MacGregor continues to grow as a player, she’ll try to do for Maryland what she did for Tarpon Springs High.

Spongers volleyball enjoyed its greatest success as a program since the late 1980s and early 1990s. Thanks in large part to MacGregor’s dominance at the net, Tarpon Springs made its first trip to the state final four in 18 years when the Spongers took out Bradenton Lakewood Ranch in the Class 6A region finals in 2011.

MacGregor then led Pinellas County attackers her senior year in 2012 with 466 kills, lifting Tarpon Springs to its second consecutive district title that season.

At Maryland, MacGregor has started all 20 matches and her 85 total blocks leads the team and places her in the top five among all ACC players. She’s also currently fifth on the Terps in kills, with 50.

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