Colorado volleyball became even more of a family affair for the Simpsons on Wednesday.
Gabby Simpson, a senior at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, signed her letter of intent to play for Liz Kritza's Buffs, joining her two older sisters Taylor and Cierra Simpson. The trio of sisters is a first for the Colorado volleyball team.
As a senior at Doherty, Gabby Simpson picked up numerous honors. She was named to the AVCA's Under Armour All-America second team and earned a spot on Volleyball Magazine's Fab-50 list. Prepvolleyball.com named her to its Senior Aces (at No. 15) as well as to its All-America team. She was named to the All-State in Class 5A and All-Colorado Springs Metro League first teams. Simpson recorded 711 assists, 277 kills, 187 digs, 72 blocks and 37 aces in 95 sets.
During her junior year, Doherty won the Class 5A state title and completed the season with an untarnished 29-0 record.
Simpson has also been a member of the Colorado Juniors Volleyball Club the past six years. She was named a Rocky Mountain Region All-Star in 2013 when she was the MVP as her team won the 2013 Puerto Rico U20 National Championship. The team also placed fifth at USA Volleyball Junior Nationals where she was named to the all-tournament team.
Simpson has also been involved with USA Volleyball as a member of the 2012 and 2013 Youth National Training Team.
"Physically, Gabby has all of the tools necessary to be an elite setter and hitter," Kritza said in a statement. "Through her involvement at Doherty High School, Colorado Juniors, and USA Volleyball, Gabby is prepared to compete at the highest level in the Pac-12, with and against the top players in the country. She is a phenomenal competitor who has learned how to win by leading top tier high school and club teams."
Simpson completes Kritza's 2014 class that also includes Anna Pfefferle from Minnesota and Stephanie Shadley from Texas. Pfefferle and Shadley signed their letters of intent in November.