LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska volleyball team knows a lot about hard work and dedication. Their recent National Title is evidence of that, and it’s also inspiring others going through their own battle.
Ashley Crouse felt like she could relate to the volleyball players’ hard work. The Iowa teen herself has been working hard, recovering after a car crash that put her in a coma for three weeks.
Now she’s back on her feet, and on Tuesday, got to meet some star athletes.
Just 68 days ago, Ashley Crouse was in a coma. A UPS semi-truck smashed into her car and she was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury.
“On the coma scale, I think she was a 5, which was really bad. And she was in a coma for about 2-3 weeks,” said Carly Crouse.
Carly is Ashley’s twin, she’s been by her side since the accident.
“Having my mom and Carly here has helped a lot,” said Ashley Crouse.
Cheering her on during her recovery at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals.
“When she first got there she couldn’t move at all, couldn’t walk, talk, eat. And now she’s walking, talking,” said Carly Crouse. Ashley added in, “I get to leave on Friday!”
But before her trip home, Ashley got a little motivation from some Husker Volleyball national champions.
“I think it makes you appreciate it that much more because when you see the look on their face and they’re in awe, just reminds you of the first time you saw it,” said Mikaela Foecke.
They got the grand tour, seeing where the team trains, to where the magic happens.
“Seeing the gym where like they do all their workouts and all the equipment they use, that was really cool. And where they walk through the tunnel and everything,” said Carly Crouse.
But Ashley loved meeting the players, “or I guess like the whole place,” she said.
The twins were in awe of the building and players. They grew up big Husker volleyball fans and both played in high school. Their tour guides, Annika Albrecht and Mikaela Foecke were in awe of Ashley’s recovery.
“She’s just really inspiring and to hear people’s stories like that, it’s just something that inspires you to do better and be a better person,” said Foecke.