The ninth-ranked Colorado State volleyball team closed the regular season with a 3-0 sweep vs. UNLV to improve to 28-1. After, the team was presented the 2013 Mountain West championship trophy. [Photo by Dan Byers]
The No. 10 CSU Rams won their 25th straight match, tying a MW record, with a sweep over Air Force on Nov. 15. Photos by Dan Byers.
AWARDS & HONORS:
Mountain West Scholar-Athlete (2011-12, 12-13)
Academic All-Mountain West (2010, 11, 12)
2012 (JUNIOR): Appeared in 17 matches, earning two starts... In her first start of the season, she finished with a career-best 11 digs in a four-set home victory over Oklahoma (Sept. 2)... In her other start, at Northern Colorado (Nov. 13), she posted eight digs... For the year, she totaled 43 digs (1.00 per set), in addition to a service ace (vs. Nevada on Sept. 27), which began a 7-0 CSU run... Earned Academic All-Mountain West honors for the third time.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): Was in on 79 sets, posting 58 digs (0.86 per set), 11 assists and two service aces... Notched her first career service ace vs. Wyoming (Nov. 4)... Earned her first career start in a win over Air Force (Sept. 22), recording 10 digs, which was a career high at the time... Recorded two assists and five digs on back-to-back nights, vs. No. 5 Nebraska and Albany (Sept. 2-3)... Named to the Academic All-Mountain West team for the second consecutive season.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in 13 sets, recording 12 digs, one kill and one assist... Earned Academic All-Mountain West honors for her performance in the classroom.
2009 (REDSHIRT): Sat out in 2009, using a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Is a 2009 graduate of Catholic Central High School in Burlington, Wis. ... Helped lead the Hilltoppers to three state championships... Named first-team all-conference three times... Was a four-sport participant, lettering in all four... Earned four varsity letters in volleyball... Was a two-time conference player of the year selection in softball, earning all-state honorable mention status both years... Held captaincies in three sports for two years, including volleyball... Was a four-year academic honor roll member.
PERSONAL: Born on Dec. 25, 1990, in Burlington, Wis. ... Daughter of Tim and Sharon Smith... Has three sisters, including two, Kelli (senior) and Maggie (freshman), who are students at CSU... Studying nutrition & food science at CSU.