September 19, 2008
By John Philip Wyllie
Mar Vista High senior, Ashley Sevilla was all smiles following Mar Vista’s trouncing of Bonita Vista High Tuesday afternoon in women’s volleyball. The impressive three games to none victory was the first in her three-year varsity career in that series. So, Tuesday’s win over the usually dominant Barons was a long time in coming. While Sevilla was among the kill leaders on this day, her primary role has been as a back row defensive specialist.
“Ashley is the glue of our team,” according to Mariners coach Robbie Cole. “She is a senior co-captain and her maturity shows on the court. She’s a very steady player that seldom makes mistakes. Ashley is just a really great kid, student and player and she is also very involved in A.S.B.”
Sevilla hadn’t played a lot of volleyball prior to enrolling at Mar Vista as a freshman. She has improved each year and developed into a leading force on what appears to be a very strong team. Her primary sport is basketball, but she plays volleyball and softball for fun, to stay in shape and because she enjoys the competition.
“As a captain my role on this team is to pump everybody up. The team, at least so far, is looking pretty good. We have some incoming juniors from our J.V. team (plus a lot of seniors) and everyone has come together and is playing hard.”
Sevilla works every bit as hard in the classroom as she does on the court. The combination of her athletic ability and 4.3 G.P.A. will make her attractive to many colleges.
“I am not sure if I want to play basketball (in college) and I am also not sure if I want to go away or stay closer to home,” she said. If she is offered the hoped for basketball scholarship that may influence her thinking.
Sevilla’s father and her mother’s family emigrated from Mexico. While English was her first language, she has made it a point to improve her Spanish. At present, that is a work in progress, but with her work ethic and learning potential it seems just a matter of time before she masters that as well.