Smith Ready to Make Some Noise for TCU
May 31, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - Entering its second year in the Big 12 Conference, the TCU women's volleyball program is poised for some big things this next season and incoming freshman Ashley Smith could have a major impact on the Horned Frogs success.
Smith, who recently earned Honorable Mention Under Armour All-America accolades, will don the Purple and White this fall after being named one of the Top-150 senior players in the nation by prepvolleyball.com. The League City product attended Clear Creek High School where she finished second in the state of Texas in kills and first overall in 5A competition with 682 on the year, while averaging a Texas-best 6.3 per set. Smith, who posted a .386 hitting percentage during her senior year in high school, was a two-time all-state honoree and was named the Greater Houston All-Star team MVP.
In all, she tallied over 2,100 career kills at Clear Creek, while earning 24-5A District MVP twice. The United States Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete brings a wealth of club experience with her to Fort Worth as she played for Absolute Volleyball Academy of Texas, helping them qualify for the 2011 Open National Qualifier. Smith, who garnered Player of the Game accolades at the Big South Qualifier vs. Triangle, led Ava to a second-place finish at the Big South Qualifier, while wrapping-up competition in the top-5 at the prestigious SoCal Qualifier and Texas Tour.
With the likes of Smith as well as several other talented newcomers joining the program this season, look for a young TCU squad to improve immensely during the fall campaign. The stage is set for big things under head coach Prentice Lewis and Smith could give the Frogs a dominate outside force to be reckon with for the next four years.