Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Birth Year: 1985
Height: 6-9 (205cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90kg)
College: UC Irvine
Joined Team: 2013
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Selected to the preliminary roster for the FIVB World League. 2003 – Alternate for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team and MVP of the USA Developmental Camp.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS: Started playing volleyball in 2002… Played for Chaparral High School in Parker, Colo. … All-Continental League honoree… Team won state title in 2004, however volleyball is not a sanction sport in Colorado… Played for the Colorado Gold club team, which finished second at the 2003 USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships… Tabbed as one of the "Top 25 Underclassmen to Watch" by Volleyball Magazine.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Led UC Irvine to the NCAA National Championship with comeback victory in the final after being down 2-1 in sets… Named the tournament’s most outstanding player with 12 blocks, six kills, and 55 assists in the championship match… Named to the All-Tournament team… AVCA First Team All-American and First Team All-MPSF… Averaged 12.55 set assists and led the team in service aces. 2008 – Saw action in 74 games... Averaged 8.64 assists and 0.55 blocks per game... Had a career-high 60 set assists against Ohio State... Averaged 1.18 digs per game. 2007 – Helped UC Irvine with the NCAA National Championship… Recorded 90 set assists in 38 games...had three kills, four digs and 10 blocks. 2006 – Played in 18 games... Totaled 32 set assists and five block assists... Fired two service aces. 2005 – Redshirted.
PERSONAL: Born Ryan Ammerman in 1985 in Anchorage, Alaska… Parents are Brett and Maria Ammerman… Maria played at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and Brett played club volleyball at Purdue… Ryan is the oldest of eight children… Brothers are Luke (1991), Dalton (1991) and Sebastian (2005)… Sisters are Sarah (1987), Hannah (2000), Emma (2002) and Mary (2007)… Dalton played on the 2008 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team and also at Long Beach State… Sarah played volleyball at Texas A&M… Ryan’s favorite food is sushi… favorite book is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand… Favorite musical group is Twenty-One Pilots… Favorite professional team is the Denver Nuggets… Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan… Most admired person is his sister Sarah “she is the best person that I know and has a fantastic approach and view of life.”
Updated May 2013