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WVU Cheerleader Needs Fans' Votes

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West Virginia fans have always done their part to cheer on the Mountaineers to a winning performance. Now they have a chance to put together a winning performance for a Mountaineer who cheers.

Ashley Jolliff, a senior WVU cheerleader from Bridgeport, is in the annual Athlon Sideline Spirit Contest.

The contest consists of five rounds with four contestants in each. Fans vote for their favorite in each round to get a final round of five school representatives. Jolliff just found out less than a week ago that she had been selected as one of 20 cheerleaders from around the nation.

"It's a really good experience because I always voted for people that did it in the past, but when it's you, it's a completely different experience," says Jolliff, captain of this year's squad. "It's a little nerve-racking."

In four years cheering at WVU, Jolliff has perfected the art of promoting the Mountaineers. When it comes to promoting herself, though, the task is new and has proven more difficult than she could have expected.

"It's not my thing to really say, ‘Vote for me,' but the way I look at this is as a whole university, the state of West Virginia – I'm not in this for myself, I'm doing it to represent WVU and Mountaineer Nation," she says.

True, the prize for winning is a $2,000 scholarship for the entire team, which would certainly help for future funding, but there is also a $1,000 scholarship on the line for Jolliff and a photo and video shoot for use by the college sports publication later in the year.

While Jolliff updates her campaign's official Facebook page to help get more votes, she's blind to the results. Unlike previous years, when fans could vote multiple times online and see the results update, polling is now only open to cell phones and a once-per-phone rule. Jolliff won't know how she's doing until the voting has closed.

"It kills me that I can't [see the results]," says Jolliff. "You don't really know, but everyone's saying they've been voting for me and telling everyone."

When the Athlon Sideline Spirit Contest first began, back in 2004, it was a Mountaineer (Andrea Bianchi) who took the top prize. In years since, WVU has been represented well but never pulled out the victory. Jolliff is hopeful she can bring the title back to Morgantown.

"I think it would be an honor to be able to say that I represent West Virginia and the University in such an amazing contest and I think it would really show that we do have the best fan base," she says.

To vote for Jolliff, text SPIRIT to 67463 on your mobile phone. You will receive a response with directions on how to vote for your favorite contestant and each device is allowed just one vote. The polls close Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11:59 p.m.

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