Fiery senior leader with a knack for winning ... outstanding floor leader who brings tremendous energy to those around her ... plays with a huge heart and lots of passion ... team's emotional leader ... solid all-around player ... boasts strong jump float serve ... a good communicator with the ability to make teammates better ... has improved every season in terms of her set location, techniques, leadership, running the floor and understanding of the game ... from same area in California as former Irish standout Marilyn Cragin (1989-92) ... sports same #8 jersey worn by former Irish standouts such as current Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach Kathy Cunningham (1986-89), Mary Leffers (1996-99), and honorable-mention All-America setter Kristen Kinder (2000-03) ... is a three-time monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR (2006): Preseason all-BIG EAST selection in 2006 ... one of only three Irish players to appear in all 114 games and 32 matches, starting 25 of those contests ... led the team in service aces with 31 (0.27 per game) ... third on teams in digs (238) ... reached double figures in assists in all 32 matches ... led the team with a total of 860 assists (7.54) to help Notre Dame rank second among BIG EAST squads is assists per game 14.78 in league contests ... continued to climb the all-time assist list by moving into the No. 4 spot, trailing third-place by only 113 assists ... reached double figures in digs eight times ... had 27 assists and 13 digs against Valparaiso in the Shamrock Invitational (9/1) ... one day later, she registered 33 assists and nine digs against #13 Missouri ... tallied 31 assists in back-to-back matches at Northern Iowa (9/9) and Butler (9/15) ... tallied 30 assists against both Marquette (10/6) and Connecticut (10/20) ... had 39 assists at South Florida (11/5) and 46 assists against Pittsburgh (11/11) ... season-best 54 assists and 11 digs in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship at Cincinnati (11/17) ... 34 assists and 10 digs against #24 St. John's in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship ... 31 assists and nine digs vs. Louisville (11/19) in the championship game in the BIG EAST ... 33 assists and nine digs vs. #18 Ohio (11/24) in the Louisville Invitational ... 20 assists and nine digs at #10 Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament ... team leader in assists 21 times and in sever matches led the Irish in aces.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2005): Led the Irish to a 30-4 mark in her second season as a starter ... named to all-BIG EAST second team (no setters earned first-team accolades) ... led the conference and ranked 32nd nationally in assists per game (12.69) ... set Notre Dame's season record for assists with 1,573 (previous mark 1,536 by Carey May in 1995) ... helped Irish lead the conference in assists per game (15.55) in league action and rank second in hitting percentage (.289) and kills (16.79) ... in overall action, Notre Dame was third in conference in hitting percentage (.251) and fourth in kills per game (15.98) under her direction ... ranked third on team in service ace-to-error ratio (1.17) and tied for second in aces (34/0.27), as well as third in digs (317/2.56) and service percentage (.947) ... increased assist average (from 10.27 in 2004 to 12.69 in '05), hitting percentage (.204 to .217), team hitting percentage (.227 to .251), dig average (2.38 to 2.56), service percentage (.935 to .947), service ace-to-error ratio (0.89 to 1.17), and block average (0.26 to 0.46) ... helped the Irish lead the BIG EAST in digs in conference action (17.70 per game; runner-up West Virginia had 16.76) after the team had never before placed higher than sixth ... Notre Dame also led the league in overall digging (18.03; best finish before was sixth) ... the Irish average was the second-highest in program history (record is 18.25 in 1992) ... her assist average ranked as the third-highest season mark in Notre Dame history ... ... Notre Dame has averaged 15.64 kills per contest in which she has played ... led a resurgent Irish offense that averaged 16.35 kills on .269 hitting over the last 26 matches of the season after averaging 14.81 on .200 hitting in the first eight matches ... played in every match since arriving to Notre Dame and led the Irish in assists in each of her two seasons ... has been tops in aces 11 times ... was named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice (Sept. 25, Oct. 17) ... had 18 double-doubles to bring her career total to 30 ... led Irish to .300+ hitting on 10 occasions (after doing so just six times a year ago), including three marks over .400 ... orchestrated a near-perfect Irish attack at DePaul on Oct. 15, as Notre Dame posted its highest hitting percentage in 20 years (and second-highest ever), finishing with 53 kills and six errors on 90 attempts for a .522 mark ... her offense had 14 kills and one error on 16 swings in final game (DePaul dug just one ball) for an .812 hitting mark - the highest in any game during under Debbie Brown ... led Irish to back-to-back five-game victories against #11 Texas and Arizona State to claim the Shamrock Invitational title ... had career-high 65 assists and 18 digs while leading Irish to .266 hitting against the Sun Devils ... posted 56 assists and 10 digs in leading Notre Dame over #8 USC ... came back two days later with 46 assists and 13 digs in three-game sweep of #6 Florida ... set team to .319 hitting mark against Seton Hall (including three kills of her own on as many swings) and followed that up with a .385 hittng day at Loyola (Ill.) ... recorded 51 assists at Marquette and 56 at St. John's ... turned in 16 digs against Valparaiso ... posted 42 assists and set Irish to .355 hitting mark at Connecticut ... had 51 assists, nine digs, and four blocks at Illinois State ... set team to .451 hitting against South Florida and .393 mark vs. Georgetown ... led Irish to upset over #6 Louisville and finished with 63 assists, which was a career high for her in a four-game match ... had 43 assists the following day against Cincinnati ... notched 48 assists - a career high for a three-game affair - in leading team to .417 hitting against Saint Louis ... helped team hit .308 at West Virginia ... had 46 assists and led Irish to .326 hitting against Villanova ... led Notre Dame to the BIG EAST tournament title, with wins over Villanova, Cincinnati, and #7 Louisville ... posted career-high five blocks against both the Wildcats and Bearcats and had seven points vs. Cincinnati ... notched 62 assists without a ball-handling error in the title match against the Cards ... led her offense to 49 kills and only five errors (the fewest for Notre Dame in a match since 10/8/00 vs. West Virginia) for a .393 hitting mark, the fifth time over .390 in a 15-match stretch ... had four blocks vs. Owls ... posted 58 assists against Tennessee in regular-season finale ... barely missed recording a triple-double in NCAA Tournament first-round match against Dayton, finishing with 55 assists, 10 digs, and career-high nine kills ... also had four blocks and three aces for career-best 14 points ... set a career best mark with 19 digs in the NCAA Tournament round of 16 match against #12 Wisconsin.
AS A FRESHMAN (2004): Stepped in to become Notre Dame's starting setter for the majority of the 2004 season while the Irish compiled a 20-8 record ... rotated with Kelly Burrell as setter in every match but one, typically exiting for two front-row rotations ... major reason the Irish led the BIG EAST in hitting pct. in league play (.254) ... led team in assists (1,150/10.27) and service ace-to-error ratio (0.89, 31 A, 35 E), while coming in second in serve pct. (.935, 506-541) and third in digs (267/2.38) and aces (31/0.28) ... set team to a .227 attack percentage for the season, including six matches above .300 ... as a starter, averaged 10.61 assists, with the Irish hitting .233 with 15.43 kills per game after ND had 13.14 kills on .130 hitting in first two matches of season ... registered team-high 12 double-doubles ... eighth in BIG EAST in assists, and 10th in that category against league opponents ... led Irish to 38 games above .300 hitting, including 14 over .400 ... in the final seven regular-season matches, averaged 12.81 assists per game, with team hitting .263, and finished over .300 in nine of 26 games ... was tops on team in assists in every match ... committed just 16 ball-handling errors, or one every 72 assists (and one every 7.0 games) ... did not commit a ball-handling error in 20 of 30 contests ... in first career start, nearly led ND to an upset over #2 Nebraska before falling in five games ... finished with 51 assists in that match against the Huskers (20 in game two), most by an Irish freshman since 1997 (Denise Boylan had 73 in the NCAA Tournament) ... also converted six kills on .357 hitting, marking the most by an freshman setter since 1992 ... added 14 digs vs. the Huskers ... had 25 assists and 14 digs vs. Loyola (Ill.) in collegiate debut ... led Irish to Cal Poly Invitational title, winning nine of 11 games and leading the field in hitting percentage (.253), kills (16.00), and assists (14.45) ... earned first victory as a starter in five-game match against Fresno State (49 assists, 18 digs, team .275) ... had 44 assists in helping Notre Dame to .289 hitting mark (two games at .310+) in leading Irish to first win over Michigan State since 1994 and their highest attack percentage in a match longer than three games since Nov. 7, 2003 ... led team to .315 hitting vs. Seton Hall, including 17+ kills in all four games and .340+ in three of them ... led Notre Dame to outstanding hitting efforts in first (21 K, 4 AE, .347) and fifth (8 K, 1 AE, .438) games in win vs. Illinois State ... led consistent Notre Dame attack that upset #14 Utah in three games on the Utes' home floor to snap their school-record 12-match winning streak and to become the first visiting team to win there in more than a year ... orchestrated and outstanding performance against St. John's in which Notre Dame hit over .330 in every game and season-high .356 for the match ... averaged 13.33 assists in final weekend of league action, leading ND to 3-0 wins against rival Pittsburgh (41 assists, 10 digs, team .310+ in two games) and West Virginia (39 assists, season-high four service aces) to clinch the BIG EAST regular season championship ... became first Irish setter in more than a year to hit the 60-assist plateau, ending with 63 against Northern Iowa while recording a season-high 3 blocks ... led Irish to eighth BIG EAST tournament title with wins over Boston College and Pittsburgh ... helped ND win the Baden Thanksgiving Tournament title with the Irish's first two wins ever in The Pyramid and its first over Long Beach State (62 assists) ... became just the fifth player -- and first since 1997 (Denise Boylan) -- to be Notre Dame's top setter as a freshman ... in three matches - all wins - against Big West teams, she averaged 0.55 aces per game and helped Notre Dame hit .280 ... averaged 3.15 digs per game in six matches against AVCA Central Region opponents.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Two-time first-team All-American, captained Los Alamitos HS in Los Alamitos, Calif., to its first-ever state championship in 2003 ... tabbed Los Alamitos' Female Athlete of the Year for 2003-04 ... listed 88th in PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces rankings and was third among California setters ... named All-American by PrepVolleyball.com ... earned three varsity letters ... named MVP of prep national tournament in 2003 and helped team to a first-place finish, after being on all-tournament team the previous year ... garnered first-team all-Sunset League honors three times, including being named co-MVP as a senior ... helped team to conference titles in each of final two seasons, as well as California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section championship in '02 ... Los Alamitos was the CIF southern California champion in '03 ... three times honored as all-CIF performer ... earned first-team all-area honors from Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Press Telegram, and Orange County Register in her final two prep seasons ... tabbed area's athlete of the week by local newspapers three times ... named team's co-MVP in each of final two campaigns ... registered career-high 86 assists during a match in 2002 ... one of her best all-around performances came in the 2003 Southern California regional title game against Paway when she had five service aces, 35 assists, four kills, and four blocks ... gained first-team All-America accolades at the Junior National Olympics in 2003 and 2004 as part of the Golden West Volleyball Club ... played in Orange County all-star game as a senior ... four times earned school's Scholar Athlete award ... listed in "Who's Who in High School Sports" ... a California Scholarship Federation Gold Seal Bearer ... from same hometown as former Notre Dame football All-American Jack Snow (`65) ... full name is Ashley Morgan Tarutis ... oldest of four children ... daughter of Deborah Welliver and Michael Tarutis ... last name is pronounced tuh-ROO-Tiss ... born July 6, 1986, in Long Beach, Calif. ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Letters as a sociology and psychology major.