A fourth-year player who is one of the Terps' most versatile athletes … a second-year starter who has assumed a leadership role at middle blocker, after coming into her own as a sophomore and starting as a junior … played outside hitter as a freshman and sophomore, before starting at middle blocker in 2001 … played middle blocker in high school, and moved into the Terps' blocking rotation in spring 2001… a solid fundamental player with good court awareness … an excellent defensive player who can both be a force blocking or in the back row … has played in every match of her Maryland career.
KRUGER ON AYRES
"Amanda's biggest strength is her timing and technique on the block, and versatility. She has helped us by her ability to play both in the middle and the outside. Her blocking is definitely an asset. She has great timing and pursuit, and the ability to read. She is a good all-around player, possessing good passing and defensive abilities, and she has a very good long-distance serve. It provides a different dynamic to our serving game, making it difficult for opponents to defend. Amanda is a hard-working middle blocker. She is determined to play a big role for us in the middle."
AS A JUNIOR (2001)
Started every match and played in every game last season ... among team leaders in several categories including service aces, assists, blocks and digs ... recorded a career and match-high seven blocks in win over Florida State (Sept. 28) … reached double figures in digs on eight separate occasions, tallying a season-high 14 against Wake Forest (Oct. 30) … established new career-bests in single-game (6) and season (38) service aces … posted a career-best .099 attack percentage while cutting her errors down by more than half from 2000 campaign … had one of her best all-round games against Bowling Green in the Hoosier Invitational, recording 17 total attempts and eight kills to go along with four blocks and five service aces … produced 49 digs in a four-game span from October 20-30, reaching double figures in each contest ... finished eighth in the ACC with a 0.38 service ace per game average ... registered a .400 attack percentage against Tennessee (Sept. 1) ... member of 2000-01 University of Maryland Athletic Honor Roll.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2000)
Finished the year second on the team in digs and fourth in kills … produced six double-double games in kills and digs … pounded a career-high 18 kills at Georgetown on Sept. 12 in the Terps’ four-game victory … collected a career-best 21 digs against Sacramento State (Sept. 2) and Wake Forest (Sept. 19) … turned in a strong performance at the ACC Tournament versus North Carolina, finishing the contest with 12 kills and 18 digs … tallied 13 kills to go along with her 21 digs Sept. 19 at home against Wake Forest … notched 12 kills Sept 16 in the Maryland Invitational vs. Morgan State … had 11 kills in three games against Sacramento State (Sept. 2) … handed out a career-high four assists Oct. 24 at Virginia … tied a career-high with three blocks against Wake Forest (Nov. 11) and Georgetown (Sept. 13).
AS A FRESHMAN (1999)
Posted three service aces in her first collegiate match against Villanova on Sept. 1 … notched 11 digs against Rutgers on Sept. 10 … had nine digs against UNLV on Sept. 11 … recorded 10 digs against UMBC on Oct. 5 … had eight digs against Wake Forest on Oct. 22 … posted a career-high eight kills, tied a career-high with three aces and set a career-high with 14 digs and three total blocks against Virginia on Nov. 5.
An first-team All-Met selection by the Washington Post in 1998 … also received first-team All-Calvert County, All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) and All-Southern Maryland honors as a senior … named the MVP for Calvert County, the SMAC and Southern Maryland in 1998 … Calvert was the 1998 state champion and was ranked first by the Washington Post the entire season … set the school record with 31 kills in a match … a second team All-SMAC selection as a sophomore … named honorable mention All-Calvert County in 1996.
Born on July 14, 1981 … parents are Ruth and Bob Ayres … a communications major … was recruited by American, Elon and Pennsylvania … chose to come to Maryland because of the campus community.
Kills: 18 vs. Georgetown (9-13-00)
Attack Pct.*: .400 (3-0-1) vs. Tennessee (9-1-01)
Assists: 4 vs. Virginia (10-24-00)
Service Aces: 6 vs. Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (9-8-01) and Wake Forest (10-6-01)
Digs: 21 vs. Sacramento State (9-2-00) and vs. Wake Forest (9-19-00)
Blocks: 7 vs. Florida State (9-28-01)
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CAREER STATISTICS Year M G K E TA PCT A SA DIG BS BA TB
1999 31 104 31 30 131 .008 11 15 159 0 9 9 2000 30 104 192 138 666 .081 22 22 284 8 15 23 2001 26 101 68 48 202 .099 26 38 207 3 61 64 Totals 87 309 291 216 999 .075 59 75 650 11 85 96