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Ashley Smith

Position Outside Hitter
Height 6'0"
Class Redshirt Senior
Hometown Las Vegas, Nev.
High School Shadow Ridge HS

OVERVIEW

  • Fourth-year junior who will compete to be a primary outside hitter in 2018
  • Showed her reliability when starting for injured All-American Kelsie Payne to help defeat Iowa State and clinch the Big 12 title for KU in 2016
  • Won a high school state title in Nevada.

AWARDS & HONORS

  • AVCA Midwest Region Honorable Mention [2018]
  • All-Big 12 Second Team [2018]
  • Bluegrass Battle All-Tournament Team [2018]
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll [Fall 2015]

2018 (JUNIOR)

  • Played in 27 matches (109 sets) with five starts, finishing second on the team in kills (321), kills per set (2.94), attack attempts (829), points (347.0) and points per set (3.18)
  • One-of-three players to compete in all 109 sets in 2018
  • Named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and was a AVCA Midwest Region Honorable Mention
  • 19 double-digit kill matches, including a season-high 17 kills against – Auburn (Sept. 7), No. 4 Texas (Oct. 10) and at West Virginia (Oct. 31)
  • Compiled a six-consecutive double-figure kill streak starting against Arkansas (Aug. 26) and ending against Auburn (Sept. 7)
  • 21 matches with double-figure points, earning a season-high 18.5 points against College of Charleston (Aug. 31) and No. 4 Texas (Oct. 10)
  • Logged a season-high 55 attack attempts against Kansas State (Nov. 14) and a season-high .533 attack percentage against No. 4 Texas (Oct. 10)

2017 (SOPHOMORE)

  • Played in 14 matches and 35 sets with seven starts
  • Totaled 72 kills on a .127 hitting percentage with 10 digs and eight blocks
  • Averaged 2.17 points per set, 2.06 kills per set, 0.29 digs per set and 0.23 blocks per set
  • Made first start of the season at Utah Valley (Aug. 31), recording eight kills on a .350 hitting percentage with one block
  • Recorded four kills as a starter during KU’s win over No. 17 Purdue (Sept. 8)
  • Contributed a career-high 13 kills in four sets against Idaho (Sept. 16)
  • First start during Big 12 play came at TCU (Nov. 4), where she recorded a season-high 14 kills and three blocks during KU’s four-set win
  • Led KU in kills (10) during a three-set loss to No. 23 Baylor (Nov. 11)

2016 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN)

  • Played in 12 matches with one start
  • Averaged 1.0 kill per set, 0.25 digs per set and 0.33 blocks per set
  • Totaled 28.0 points with 24 kills and eight blocks
  • Posted five kills with two blocks in just two sets played against Chicago State (Sept. 2)
  • Recorded four kills and three blocks at West Virginia (Nov. 16)
  • Her lone start of the season was in lieu of injured All-American Kelsie Payne against Iowa State (Nov. 19)
  • Went on to record season highs of six kills and four digs during KU’s five-set victory over the Cyclones, which clinched at least a share of the Big 12 Conference title for the Jayhawks

2015 (FRESHMAN)

  • Redshirted

HIGH SCHOOL

  • A four-year starter at Shadow Ridge High School under the direction of Karissa Guthrie
  • Led the Mustangs to their first state championship in school history, thanks to her double-doubles in the Sunset Regional final (22 kills, 12 digs), the state semifinal (22 kills, 23 digs) and again in the state championship (16 kills, 15 digs)
  • Standout high school player from day one at Shadow Ridge, earning three-straight years of Sunset Division First Team honors in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons
  • Added Conference MVP to her resume in 2014
  • Totaled an impressive senior season as she passed the 400-kill mark in the state tournament, coupled with a team-best 4.30 kills per set average
  • Also averaged more than three digs per set in her senior campaign … Named to the 2014 Under Armor All-American Watch List
  • Played for the Edge Volleyball Club out of Las Vegas

ACADEMICS

  • Majoring in communications studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas with a minor in business

PERSONAL

  • Born Ashley Nicole Smith
  • Daughter of Nathaniel and Zenith Smith