QUOTING NELSON: "Ebony returns as our backup setter. She will probably spend some time as a defensive specialist and at setter. Shes done a good job and really improved the last two weeks of the spring. We feel she can have a role if she continues to work at that level. Shes a good kid, shes a hard worker and can get things done for us. Shes an outstanding student and represents the program in an outstanding way."
1998: Outstanding student who adds depth at setter/defensive specialist.
1997: Redshirted campaign.
High School: A 1997 graduate of Duncanville High School where she played volleyball for coach Jan Briggs ... named First Team All-District and Academic All-District ... named Offensive Player of the Year of her high school team as its captain ... led Duncanville to a Texas 5A state championship in 1995 after posting a 35-5 record ... led team to 1996 Bi-District and Area championships ... also was selected to Arlington and Grapevine Invitational all-tournament teams ... member of National Honor Society, National Vocational Technical Honor Society and was selected Senior Class President ... graduated in top 10 percent of her class.
Junior Experiences: Played for Texas Heat volleyball club, a team which qualified for nationals.
Personal: Born Ebony Nicole Smith on September 22, 1979 in Dallas ... daughter of Roy Lee Robinson and Linda Smith ... has a sister, Yolanda (27) and a brother, Buford (23) ... a late find by Nelson, who watched her play just once and decided that he really liked her ... plans to minor in education ... hobbies and interests include volleyball, eating Burger King, watching and playing football and dancing ... career goals include becoming a CEO of a large company and/or becoming a volleyball coach.