Angie Akers

USA Volleyball

Angie Akers

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Birth Year: 1976
Resides: Redondo Beach, Calif.
Height: 6-0
College: Notre Dame
Olympic History: None
Web Site: angieakers.com

View Angie's statistical bio on BVBInfo.com

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Akers and Brittany Hochevar competed in 10 FIVB  World Tour events with their best finish 17th in Stare Jablonki, Poland, their final international tournament of the year... As a team they won $8050. 2011 – Akers teamed with Nicole Branagh for the first time internationally and competed in 14 FIVB World Tour events. Their best finishes were fifth places in Sanya, China and Stare Jablonki, Poland. They also finished ninth five times (Brasilia, Brazil; Myslowice, Poland; Moscow, Russia; Quebec, Canada and Klagenfurt, Austria) As a team they won $41,450. 2010 Akers and  Tyra Turner played in 13 FIVB World Tour events in 2010. Their best finishes were second in Seoul, Korea (5/25-30) and third in The Hague, Netherlands (8/24-29). They also finished fifth in Shanghai, China (5/4-9) and at the Grand Slam event in Moscow (6/7-13). They finished the season winning $55,700. 2009 – Akers and Tyra Turner played in 11 FIVB events. They reached the podium twice, finishing third in Sanya, China (10/27-11/1) and second in Phuket, Thailand (11/3-8)… The team tied for fifth at the FIVB World Championship in Stavanger, Norway (June 25-July 4). The team earned $64,450 and finished the season ranked ninth… Akers was named the FIVB’s top rookie. Prior to 2009, Angie had competed in five FIVB events (2003, ’04, ’07 [2], and ’08) but had never made it out of the qualifying rounds. 2007 – Akers and partner Brooke Hanson finished tied for fifth at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

DOMESTIC HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Akers and Brittany Hochevar finished third at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Tour event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and seventh in Huntington Beach, Calif. ... The team placed seventh at the AVP event in Cincinnati and 10th at the AVP Santa Barbara... As a team they won $8,250. 2011 – Finished third with Nicole Branagh at the AVP event in Huntington Beach... The team finished seventh at the Wide Open event in Cincinnati... Akers and Angele Lewis placed ninth at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Tour event in Hermosa Beach. 2010 – Angie and Tyra played in seven AVP events before it ceased operations in August. Their best finish was second at the first event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (4/16-18). They finished third in the final five events of the season. Their total AVP winnings were 32,250. 2009 – Akers and Tyra Turner played in 11 AVP events. Their best finish was third, which they achieved three times (Panama City, Fla.; Riverside, Calif.; Hermosa Beach, Calif.)… Akers and Turner won $37,720 and finished the season ranked 18th… Akers also competed in three AVP Hot Winter Nights events, finishing with one first, one second and one third. 2008 – Akers and partner Holly McPeak competed in 17 AVP events. Their best finished was third, which they achieved three times (Atlanta, Ga.; Long Beach, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.)… Akers also competed in the King of the Beach event in Glendale, Ariz., and finished 12th… Akers and McPeak won $59,000 and finished the season ranked 11th… Akers competed in three AVP Hot Winter Nights events, and finished second twice. 2007 – Akers and partner Brooke Hanson competed in 15 AVP events. They had one second-place finish (Chicago, Ill.) and one third (Mason, Ohio)… Akers' team won $45,125 and finished the season ranked 18th. 2006 – Akers played in 14 AVP events with three different partners. She played in the first event of the season in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with Brittany Hochevar where the pair finished 13th… She played in 10 events with Heather Lowe. Their best finish was ninth, which they achieved twice… She played the final three events with Brooke Hanson. Their best finish was ninth… Akers' teams won a total of $11,725 and she finished the season ranked 26th. 2005 – Akers played in 12 AVP events with two different partners. She played the first three events with Jenny Pavley. They finished seventh in all three… She played the next nine with Nicole Branagh. Their best finish was fifth, which they achieved once… Akers' teams won $19,313 and finished the season ranked 14th. 2004 – Akers played in 12 AVP events with two different partners… She played the first three events with Sarah Straton. Their best finish was ninth, which they achieved twice… She played eight events with Rachel Wacholder (now Rachel Scott). Their best finish was third at Huntington Beach, Calif. Angie also played in the King of the Beach tournament in Honolulu and finished 10th… Her teams won $19,450 for the season and she was ranked 13th. 2003 – Akers and Sarah Straton competed in nine AVP events. Their best finish was fifth, which they achieved twice (Tempe, Ariz., and Las Vegas). The team won $10,250 and finished the season ranked 17th. 2002 – Akers played in seven AVP events. Her first was with Ashley Bowles where she finished 37th in Huntington Beach, Calif. ... She played the rest of the season with Jenny Pavley. Their best finish was fifth, which they achieved three times (Santa Barbara, Calif., Belmar, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev.)… They won $7,095 and finished the season ranked 20th.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Helped Notre Dame reach as high as sixth place in the national rankings, the highest the program had ever achieved. She was named All-Freshman All-American Team, All-District, and All-Conference.

PERSONAL: Born Angela Marie Harris in 1976 in Fort Wayne, Ind. ... Parents are Kevin and Carole Harris. Angie is the second of four children… Angie attended Bishop Luers High School where she played both volleyball and basketball. Although she had scholarship offers for both sports, she decided to pursue volleyball at the University of Notre Dame… Received her BA in sociology in 1997… Akers married Notre Dame All-American offensive lineman Jeremy Akers immediately after she graduated… Angie played professionally in Saignelegier, Switzerland. After three months, she returned to the United States, quit volleyball and took up running. She moved to San Francisco, where she began working at Lehman Brothers as a Series 7 licensed General Securities Representative… In 2001, Angie finished the Boston Marathon in a personal best, 3 hours and 24 minutes… College roommate Jamie Lee convinced Angie to move to Southern California to try beach volleyball… In 2007, Akers organized a trip for four AVP players (herself and Hans Stolfus, Ty Loomis, and Jenn Snyder) to visit U.S. Army troops in Kosovo. The following year she went again with Jeff Nygaard, Ty Loomis and Brooke Hanson, traveling to Italy, Germany, and Kosovo.

PARTNERS: 2012 – Brittany Hochevar 2011 – Nicole Branagh 2010 - Tyra Turner 2009 – Tyra Turner 2008 – Holly McPeak 2007 – Brooke Hanson 2006 – Brooke Hanson, Heather Lowe, Brittany Hochevar 2005 – Nicole Branagh, Jenny Pavley 2004 – Rachel Wacholder (now Scott), Sarah Straton 2003 – Sarah Straton 2002 – Jenny Pavley, Ashley Bowles

HONORS: 2009 – FIVB Rookie of the Year. 2002 – AVP Rookie of the Year.

Updated October 2012