Sophomore Alexa Smith, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Colorado Springs, has joined the University of Colorado volleyball team, head coach Jesse Mahoney announced.

Smith played one season for the Purdue Boilermakers and will have three years of eligibility.

"We couldn't be more excited that Alexa chose to return home to Colorado," Mahoney said. "She is a true six-rotation player that can execute all skills at a high level, but having watched her in the club ranks, what really stood out to me with Alexa is her competitive spirit. She knows what it takes to play and succeed at a high level and she will fit in well with the culture that we are building here in our program."

"I'm so excited to be back in Colorado and to represent this state once again," Smith said. "I am really looking forward to playing for Coach Mahoney and being part of the program at CU. I am also very grateful to be able to play close to home and to be closer to my family."

In her one season with Purdue, Smith saw action in 33 matches and started in 10. Smith recorded 10 double-doubles, which included a 13 kills and 13 digs performance against No. 7 Ohio State.

Smith averaged 2.05 digs per set (227 total digs), the third most on the team. She also recorded 80 kills, 21 aces and 20 blocks. Smith received 527 serves and committed just 31 errors for a .941 reception percentage.


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The Lewis Palmer High School graduate was a decorated athlete. She was named the 2015 High School Player of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association as well as the 2014 Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year.