With the Buffaloes in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years, the awards continue to roll in for the Colorado volleyball team.
On Tuesday, junior Alexa Smith was named to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region team and Brynna DeLuzio was named the AVCA Pacific South Region Freshman of the Year in addition to earning all-region team honorable mention honors.
This is the first all-region award for Smith, a 6-1 outside hitter from Colorado Springs, Colo. The honor comes one week after she was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. She leads the Buffs with 3.99 kills per set and adds 2.83 digs per set and 0.38 blocks per set. Smith ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in kills and points per set (4.37).
Last weekend, Smith was named to the Waco Sub-Regional All-Tournament Team after helping CU sweep James Madison and No. 18 Baylor to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1997. Earlier in the season, Smith was named to the NIKE Invitational All-Tournament team and was the Omni Invitational MVP. She was also named the VolleyMob National Player of the Week as well as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Buffs to a 3-0 weekend in the final weekend of non-conference play, which included a five-set comeback win at then-No. 22 Colorado State. She averaged 4.56 kills and 3.33 digs per set. Smith has recorded 20 or more kills in eight matches this season, which includes a career-best 27 kills against then-No. 13 UCLA.
DeLuzio has been having an outstanding freshman season. A 5-foot-9 setter from Windermere, Fla., DeLuzio is the first Buffs player to earn region freshman of the year honors, and she is the first CU freshman to earn all-region team honors as an honorable mention selection. Last week, she was named to the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention Team while becoming the first CU player named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team.
DeLuzio, like Smith, was named to the Waco Sub-Regional All-Tournament Team following CU’s sweeps of James Madison and. DeLuzio was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times in 2017, a CU record. She is averaging 11.10 assists per set, which is third in the conference and 25th in the NCAA. The Buffs have hit .252 under her direction and are averaging 13.74 kills per set.
DeLuzio posted 50 or more assists in nine matches. She handed out a career-best 64 assists in a win over Arizona State. DeLuzio also adds 2.37 digs per set and 0.38 blocks per set.
The 24-9 Buffaloes travel to Lexington, Ky. on Wednesday and face No. 5 Nebraska in their fourth-ever NCAA Sweet 16 match on Friday at noon. It will be streamed live on ESPN3.
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