COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M outside hitter Sarah Ammerman and her family are featured in the April issue of Volleyball Magazine.
Author Terrence Lynch writes about how the close-knit family of 10 from Parker, Colo., has made volleyball a way of life.
Sarah’s father, Brett, was a national champion in the in men’s 45 and over division at the USA Open Championship and coaches volleyball at Front Range Volleyball Club and at Chaparral High School. Her mother, Maria, was a standout on the University of Alaska-Anchorage volleyball team, and her name is still scattered throughout the Seawolves’ record book.
As for the eight siblings, they have been around the sport of volleyball their entire lives. Sarah, and her older brother, Ryan, both compete at the NCAA Division I level. Sarah, A&M’s most valuable player and best offensive player in 2008, is a three-year starter for the Aggies entering her senior year. She recently was selected to the U.S. Women’s Senior A2 National Team program for the second consecutive year and will compete at the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships in May.
Ryan is a fifth-year senior and starting setter for UC Irvine. He was recently named AVCA National Player of the Week and has led the Anteaters to a No. 1 national ranking in three of the last four weeks.
Seventeen-year-old twins, Dalton and Luke, also are both expected to compete in college as outside hitters. Dalton, has signed with Long Beach State, while Luke hopes to play at UC Irvine.
Younger sisters Hannah, 8, and Emma, 7, attended their first volleyball camp last summer, but soon-to-be 2-year-old Mary is still to young to be eligible for camps, should she decide to follow her brothers and sisters. And for Sebastian, a 5-year-old special-needs child, he is their No. 1 fan.