|11 Colleen Smith
"Colleen has the potential to be an all-American this year. She has got the size and has worked a lot on her technique and doing other things that will really help her game. She has got decent speed for her size and can go a long way in the sport. We spent all of last spring working on her ball control and the other little things that she has to do. She has got the experience. She has spent time with the national team and has had a lot of court time. We have moved her position from right side to left side which we did not have time to do last year and I think she will get a lot more swings there. She has the potential to put down a ton of balls and put up some really big numbers for us. I think what she brings to the team is that she is a perfectionist and has a strong desire. She doesn't accept adversity well and wants to be successful."
Junior outside hitter/middle blocker....added size to the lineup and gave instant production after transferring to Tech from Washington State....tallied season high 34 kills against Colorado 11/13/99...season high attacks against Colorado 11/13/99...named all-tournament at the Nanook Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska...highest hitting percentage came against TCU on 10/17/99 when she hit .571...had season high nine digs against UTEP on 9/17/99...named to the all-tournament team at the New Mexico/Domino's Pizza Classic Tournament...
1999 USA VOLLEYBALL
Spent the summer practicing with the USA Volleyball team ? one of 18 athletes ? trained in Colorado Springs, Colo. in preparation of the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg, Canada (end of July).
1998 AT WSU
Ended season by being named to Disney SEC-Pac-10 Challenge all tournament team in Orlando, Fla. ? alternated as a starter as a right side hitter for the Cougars as a sophomore ? hit .500 and slammed career-high 16 kills at Oregon ? averaged 2.25 kills per game and 0.76 blocks per game ? finished with season-high eight digs at Arizona ? helped lead Washington State to a 12-14 overall and 8-10 Pac-10 record ? home crowd favorite.
1997 AT WSU
Came on strong in first season of play ? saw first substantial action on Pac-10 desert swing ? hit .471 and rammed home career-high 11 kills at Arizona State ? tallied seven blocks at Arizona ? had career-high nine blocks vs. California ? selected to play with the USA Volleyball National Team during summer in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A 1997 graduate of Sandia High School in Albuquerque, N.M. where she played basketball, softball and volleyball for head coach Pat Velarde ? named one of Volleyball Magazine?s Fabulous 50 recruits ? two-time Gatorade Circle of Champions New Mexico volleyball player of the year (junior/senior) ? two-time All State player ? led school to district title as a junior ? earned First Team All State, All District, All City, All City Tournament and APS/Coca Cola Female Athlete of the Week award as a senior ? selected to play in the senior North-South All Star Volleyball Game following her senior year ? led basketball team to fourth place finish at state tournament ? received several Academic Letters for consecutive semesters of over 3.5 GPA ? as a junior, earned All District, All City First Team volleyball honors ? earned APS/Coca Cola Female Athlete of the Week Award honors two times as a junior ? led team to second place in district final as a junior ? earned All District and All City Second Team honors in softball ? as a sophomore, played varsity on all three squads ? named to the All City and All District team in volleyball as a sophomore ? named to All District team after pitching three no-hitters as a sophomore ? as a freshman, led the JV volleyball squad to public school title, played center on the varsity basketball team, pitched for the varsity softball team.
Played two seasons with the Albuquerque Juniors Volleyball Club team ? played on Somo Suave Club Under-16 team that placed fifth at the Junior Nationals in Orlando, Fla. ? named to all-tournament team after tournament in Florida.
Born Colleen Maria Smith on August 12, 1978 in Albuquerque, N.M. ? daughter of Steve and Judy Smith of Albuquerque ? has two older brothers- Dan (32) and Andy (29) ? father attended Pomona College (Calif.) while mother attended UCLA ? brother Dan played baseball at Coe College in Iowa ? member of National Junior Honor Society ? also could?ve attended college on softball scholarship ? won Academic Star for continuous 3.5 or higher GPA ? served in the Junior House ? majoring in communications with a broadcast emphasis ? hobbies include photography and softball ? coached the Pullman (Wash.) H.S. freshman softball team last spring ? considered several schools out of high school ? father is cousin of Don Drysdale ? played club volleyball with fellow Texas Tech player Skydra Orzen ? attended TTU's volleyball camps during her high school summers.
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