18 Amber Matalus
18 Amber Matalus
Height: 5-10
Year: So
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
High School: Lewis Palmer
Position: MH
Major: Individualized Studies
m 29
k/s 1.92
h % .211
a/s 0.22
b/s 0.64
sa/s 0.31
d/s 3.04

- "I made VWU my top choice because of the opportunity it holds for my future.”
- Selected VWU over Adelphi University and California Lutheran University

Career Highs
Kills: 16 - (Roanoke - 11/1/17)
Assists: 4 - (at Mary Washington - 9/7/16)
Service Aces: 6 - (at Hollins - 10/22/16)
Digs: 24 - (at St. Mary's (Md.) - 10/26/17)
Total Blocks: 7 - (Lynchburg - 10/28/16)

INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES

  • ODAC All-Academic Team (2017-18)
  • 2016-17 ODAC All-Academic Team

Sophomore (2017): Started all 29 matches as a sophomore… Third on the team in kills (219) and digs (347)… Second on the team with 73 blocks while leading the squad with 35 service aces… Set a season high with 16 kills on a .389 hitting percentage to go with 18 digs in the ODAC Quarterfinals against Roanoke on November 1… Posted 11 kills, five service aces, and 24 digs at St. Mary’s (Md.) on October 26… Double-digit digs in 20 matches… Had six double-doubles on the campaign.

Freshman (2016): Appeared in all 31 matches for the Marlins as a freshman…One of the more dangerous middle hitters in the ODAC, Matalus led the team with a .267 hitting mark…Posted a season best of 13 kills against Emory & Henry on September 17…Registered 41 aces on the year, three away from the Virginia Wesleyan freshman record…Tallied six service aces in a win over Hollins University on October 22…Contributed seven blocks against Lynchburg College on October 28.

Before VWU: Won back-to-back state championships playing for Lewis-Palmer High School… All-State Academic honorable mention… President of the Lewis-Palmer Theater Department… Member of the LINK crew.

Personal: The daughter of Andrew and Julie Matalus… Has a brother, Josh.

Get to Know Amber

- Enjoys hiking and just about everything outside
- Favorites include the movie “Dead Poets Society”

  • My favorite aspect of being an athlete is: "finding life-long relationships within the team”
  • If you could spend one day with a famous person from any time period, who would it be and why? “Thomas Jefferson, just to hear him talk politics and independence”
  • It’s the year 2030 and I am doing this… “teaching, traveling, serving, and just living happily”
Recent Games
Oct 21 Guilford W, 3-1
Oct 24 at Randolph-Macon L, 3-0
Oct 26 at St. Mary's (Md.) W, 3-2
Oct 27 Salisbury W, 3-0
Nov 1 #6 Roanoke W, 3-2
Nov 3 at #2 Washington and Lee L, 3-1
Statistics category Overall Conf
Matches 29 11
Sets 114 43
Kills 219 85
Kills per set 1.92 1.98
Errors 87 34
Total Attacks 625 255
Hitting Percentage .211 .200
Assists 25 8
Assists per set 0.22 0.19
Service Aces 35 10
Service Errors 25 8
Service Aces per set 0.31 0.23
Reception Errors 32 8
Digs 347 118
Digs per set 3.04 2.74
Block Solo 10 5
Block Assist 63 22
Block Total 73 27
Blocks per set 0.64 0.63
Block Errors 2 0
Ball Handling Errors 5 1
Points 295.5 111.0
Points per set 2.6 2.6
Matches started 27 10
Date Opponent Score ms s k e ta pct a sa se re digs bs ba be tot bhe pts
Sep 1 St. Catherine W, 3-0 1 3 5 1 13 .308 2 0 1 0 14 0 1 0 1 0 5.5
Sep 1 Benedictine (Ill.) W, 3-0 1 3 8 1 15 .467 1 3 1 0 13 0 0 0 0 1 11.0
Sep 2 Marymount (Va.) L, 3-2 1 5 4 3 20 .050 0 0 2 4 6 0 3 0 3 0 5.5
Sep 2 Goucher W, 3-1 1 4 5 2 10 .300 2 1 0 1 10 0 1 0 1 0 6.5
Sep 5 at Averett L, 3-1 1 4 7 1 20 .300 1 1 2 2 12 1 3 0 4 1 10.5
Sep 8 vs. Neumann W, 3-1 1 4 9 5 19 .211 0 2 1 0 14 1 5 0 6 0 14.5
Sep 8 vs. Cabrini W, 3-1 1 4 7 1 19 .316 0 0 1 1 17 0 4 0 4 0 9.0
Sep 9 vs. Stevenson L, 3-1 - 4 4 1 27 .111 0 3 0 4 12 0 3 0 3 0 8.5
Sep 9 at Muhlenberg L, 3-1 1 4 8 5 24 .125 1 1 2 0 15 0 3 0 3 0 10.5
Sep 12 at Bridgewater (Va.) W, 3-1 1 4 9 3 23 .261 0 0 1 0 14 2 3 0 5 0 12.5
Sep 15 at Randolph W, 3-1 1 4 9 5 30 .133 1 2 0 2 9 1 0 0 1 0 12.0
Sep 22 at Lynchburg L, 3-2 1 5 11 5 26 .231 0 2 1 0 9 1 1 0 2 0 14.5
Sep 23 at Roanoke W, 3-2 - 5 11 3 31 .258 0 0 0 0 18 0 4 0 4 1 13.0
Sep 26 at #24 Chris. Newport L, 3-0 1 3 5 4 14 .071 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 6.0
Sep 30 Shenandoah W, 3-0 1 3 8 3 24 .208 2 0 0 1 12 0 3 0 3 0 9.5
Oct 4 at East. Mennonite W, 3-2 1 5 10 7 28 .107 0 2 1 2 17 0 3 0 3 0 13.5
Oct 5 William Peace W, 3-2 1 5 11 4 24 .292 1 2 0 3 18 0 3 1 3 1 14.5
Oct 7 Hollins W, 3-0 1 3 6 0 14 .429 1 1 1 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 8.5
Oct 10 N.C. Wesleyan W, 3-0 1 3 6 3 15 .200 1 1 2 0 10 1 1 0 2 0 8.5
Oct 14 Washington and Lee L, 3-1 1 4 4 2 17 .118 0 0 0 1 10 1 0 0 1 0 5.0
Oct 14 Mary Washington L, 3-1 1 4 3 4 15 -.067 2 0 0 0 8 1 2 1 3 0 5.0
Oct 17 at Southern Virginia W, 3-1 1 4 10 2 24 .333 0 4 1 1 17 0 4 0 4 1 16.0
Oct 20 Emory & Henry W, 3-0 1 3 5 1 13 .308 2 1 0 0 8 0 1 0 1 0 6.5
Oct 21 Guilford W, 3-1 1 4 4 3 28 .036 1 1 2 0 12 0 2 0 2 0 6.0
Oct 24 at Randolph-Macon L, 3-0 1 3 8 2 21 .286 1 1 2 2 6 0 2 0 2 0 10.0
Oct 26 at St. Mary's (Md.) W, 3-2 1 5 11 7 35 .114 1 5 1 4 24 0 5 0 5 0 18.5
Oct 27 Salisbury W, 3-0 1 3 7 2 17 .294 1 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 8.0
Nov 1 #6 Roanoke W, 3-2 1 5 16 2 36 .389 2 0 1 1 18 0 1 0 1 0 16.5
Nov 3 at #2 Washington and Lee L, 3-1 1 4 8 5 23 .130 2 0 1 1 11 1 2 0 3 0 10.0
  m s k k/s e ta pct a a/s sa sa/s digs d/s bs ba tot b/s pts pts/s
2016-17 31 112 220 1.96 72 555 .267 8 0.07 41 0.37 81 0.72 16 53 69 0.62 303.5 2.7
2017-18 29 114 219 1.92 87 625 .211 25 0.22 35 0.31 347 3.04 10 63 73 0.64 295.5 2.6
2018-19 28 99 243 2.45 67 590 .298 17 0.17 20 0.20 70 0.71 2 70 72 0.73 300.0 3.0
2019-20 13 42 119 2.83 30 248 .359 6 0.14 12 0.29 35 0.83 5 27 32 0.76 149.5 3.6
Total 101 367 801 2.18 256 2018 .270 56 0.15 108 0.29 533 1.45 33 213 246 0.67 1048.5 2.9
  m s k k/s e ta pct a a/s sa sa/s digs d/s bs ba tot b/s pts pts/s
Total 29 114 219 1.92 87 625 .211 25 0.22 35 0.31 347 3.04 10 63 73 0.64 295.5 2.6
Conference 11 43 85 1.98 34 255 .200 8 0.19 10 0.23 118 2.74 5 22 27 0.63 111.0 2.6
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Home 14 52 92 1.77 31 261 .234 18 0.35 11 0.21 149 2.87 3 21 24 0.46 116.5 2.2
Away 12 50 107 2.14 49 299 .194 7 0.14 19 0.38 155 3.10 6 30 36 0.72 147.0 2.9
Neutral 3 12 20 1.67 7 65 .200 0 0.00 5 0.42 43 3.58 1 12 13 1.08 32.0 2.7
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Wins 19 74 157 2.12 55 418 .244 18 0.24 26 0.35 255 3.45 5 44 49 0.66 210.0 2.8
Losses 10 40 62 1.55 32 207 .145 7 0.17 9 0.23 92 2.30 5 19 24 0.60 85.5 2.1
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September 15 59 110 1.86 43 315 .213 10 0.17 16 0.27 178 3.02 6 34 40 0.68 149.0 2.5
October 12 46 85 1.85 37 251 .191 11 0.24 19 0.41 140 3.04 3 26 29 0.63 120.0 2.6
November 2 9 24 2.67 7 59 .288 4 0.44 0 0.00 29 3.22 1 3 4 0.44 26.5 2.9