Naghede Abu will add one more notch in the record book with her name on it as the fifth woman to be named an All-American for the University of Colorado women’s volleyball team as the AVCA announced her to its All-American Third Team Wednesday morning, while Senior Alexa Smith was also named an AVCA Honorable Mention.
Abu becomes the fifth woman to ever named an All-American in school history, joining Taylor Simpson, Alexa Smith, Kelly Campbell and Ashley Nu’u. She is just the fourth woman to earn the honor for the AVCA and is the sixth All-American selection in program history.
The senior middle was dominant for Colorado when she rejoined the program after injury left her out for the majority of the non-conference schedule. Through the season she recorded 170 kills with a .388 hitting percentage against 19 teams ranked in the AVCA Top-100. She also recorded 101 total blocks, averaging 1.3 blocks per set.
Abu finished the season with 219 kills and a .394 hitting percentage, the second-best hitting mark in a season in school history. She also finished with 134 total blocks, good for 1.4 per set. She finished 20th in the nation in blocks per set and second in the Pac-12. Abu was also 16th in the nation in hitting percentage and 65th in total blocks despite missing six matches.
The middle closes out her career at CU on top of the record books in total blocks in a career with 582 and career hitting percentage at .334. She also broke the single-match record in blocks with 17 against Oregon State this season and has the most blocks in a season for a freshman and a junior. Her two seasons of 153 blocks are the best in the rally scoring era for CU.
Smith finishes her career with her second AVCA honor. The senior led Colorado with 465 kills and 25 aces. She also was second on the team with 333 digs and had 67 blocks. Smith finishes seventh in school history with 1,329 total kills, seventh in attacks with 3,732 and 15th in digs with 991. She is also top-25 in career aces with 66, top-25 in career hitting percentage at .226 and top-35 in total blocks with 167.