Buffs’ Alexa Smith named AVCA All-American second team

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Colorado’s Alexa Smith was named AVCA All-American second team on Wednesday.

For the first time in CU history, the Buffaloes have placed a pair of athlete on the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) Division I All-America teams. Junior outside hitter Alexa Smith was named to the second team, while freshman setter Brynna DeLuzio earned honorable mention status.

“We are very excited and proud of Lex’s selection,” head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “Lex had an amazing year this past season and has grown into one of the premier 6-rotation players in the country.

“We are also very excited for Brynna,” Mahoney went on to say. “This program has a history of elite setters and Brynna had the type of freshman season as good as any on that list. We look forward to her continued development.”

Smith is the first Buff to earn second team honors from the AVCA and is just the third Buff in CU history to earn AVCA first, second or third team honors. Taylor Simpson earned first team honors in 2014 and Ashley Nu’u was a third team selection in 2006. Three other Buffs have earned AVCA honorable mention status: Alexis Austin (2015), Allie Griffin (2004 and 05) and Monique Gerlach (2003). DeLuzio is the second CU freshman to earn any type of All-America honor. Kelly Campbell, another setter, was named to the Volleyball Magazine Freshman All-America team in 1996.

Smith, a Colorado Springs native had an outstanding season. A week ago she was named to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region Team and at the beginning of December, she was tabbed an All-Pac-12 First Team honoree.

DeLuzio just finished her first season with the Buffs and it did not disappoint. The Windermere, Fla., native was named the AVCA Pacific South Region Freshman of the Year last week, becoming the first Buff in program history to record the honor. She was also selected to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region honorable mention. At the beginning of December, she was named to the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention Team, as well as the Pac-12 All-Freshman team which was another first for a CU freshman.