SAAC Spotlight: SPU's Ashley Antoniak
Ashley Antoniak played in 38 sets for Seattle Pacific in 2021, hitting 23 kills in 79 attempts.
Ashley Antoniak played in 38 sets for Seattle Pacific in 2021, hitting 23 kills in 79 attempts.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Part of a regular series.

Throughout the year, uses this space to profile conference student-athletes who are members of their respective institutions’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In addition to providing feedback on the student-athlete experience, conference and institutional SAAC members also offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

Name: Ashley Antoniak
Sport: Volleyball
Institution: Seattle Pacific University
Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Why Did You Choose To Attend SPU?: I chose to attend Seattle Pacific University because I was really drawn to what the school stands for, being a Christian school with great academics. I also really liked the girls on the volleyball team and the location is stunning.

What Is Your Favorite College Class And Why?: My favorite class so far has been my marketing course because I really enjoy looking into different companies through case files and seeing what it is I can do that could improve the business.

Who Is Your Favorite Professor?: Geri Mason. I enjoyed how passionate she was about economics and she was overall a great teacher.

How Many Years Have You Been Involved In SAAC?: Three.

Why Did You Choose To Get Involved With SAAC?: I wanted to help be a factor in changing things in our athletic department for the better. Meaning, I wanted to add more of a community service emphasis. I also wanted to be a person that other athletes can go to with ideas - and then take those ideas and use them.

What Has Been The Most Memorable SAAC Activity?: A scavenger hunt we put on in fall 2020!

If You Could Change One NCAA Rule, What Would It Be?: All athletes should have a mental health day, at least once a month.

What Have You Learned From Needing To Balance Athletics And Academics?: I have learned that I have no time to waste. If I have any off time, I should use it to get my homework done.

What Is The Biggest Obstacle You Have Overcome During Your Collegiate Career?: My biggest obstacle while being a college athlete has been not getting very much playing time. I had to really sit and think about being less selfish and more team-oriented. Changing my mindset to being about the team and realizing that every single one of us has a place on the team helped me get out of my little funk.

Who Is Your Current Mentor?: My dad has always been a huge mentor to me. One of the vice provosts at my school, Cindy Price, is also someone I look to for advice.

What Are Your Future Goals After Graduating?: Once I graduate, I hope to get my career started as an event planner!

What’s Your Favorite Thing About Being Part Of The GNAC?: Traveling to Alaska and Canada!

If You Could Spend The Day With One Person, Who Would It Be?: My great grandmother. She recently passed, but I would spend a day with her when she was my age. She was such a strong woman who did so many amazing things, so I think it would be cool to be friends with her when she was younger.

What’s Something People Don’t Know About You?: I like to watch movies with my roommates, bake cupcakes, go to coffee shops, farmers markets, and paddleboard.