Athlete of the Month: Ashley Liu


Justine Ha

Senior Ashley Liu dribbles past a Santa Clara defender.

Rucha Soman

After watching people who played at her elementary school and noticing her dad’s keen interest in the sport, senior Ashley Liu started playing basketball in sixth grade. At first Liu would shoot hoops during her time at  Lincoln Elementary School, later joining her sixth grade basketball team at Kennedy MS. Throughout middle school, Liu played for competitive basketball at Cupertino Hoops while simultaneously playing for National Junior Basketball (NJB) during seventh and eighth grade. Liu continued her basketball journey in high school where she not only played with the MVHS team but played with a Foothill competitive league team that was created by her middle school coach. In 11th grade, Liu transitioned with members of the MVHS team to play Amateur Athletic Union tournaments from spring through fall. Due to her vast experiences, Liu says safety as one of the biggest differences between school and tournament teams. She claims that school referees care more about safety so they call more fouls while outside of school is more physical. Although Liu does not plan to continue at the collegiate level, she hopes to stay in touch with the sport through intramural teams.