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IU Signee Colleen Smith Named All-American

Feb. 18, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana Volleyball saw Ashley Benson become the program's first ever All-American in 2009 and 2010.

Even with Benson graduating, Hoosier fans will still get to watch an All-American play at University Gym in 2011. Incoming freshman Colleen Smith has been named a High School All-American by The setter from Cary, Ill., was one of three signees in the 2011 signing class for Indiana.

Ashley Benson

Photo by Mike Dickbernd/IU Athletics

Ashley Benson

Indiana Volleyball Head Coach Sherry Dunbar said she is excited to bring a player of Smith's caliber into her program.

"What a great accomplishment for Colleen to earn All-America honors," said Dunbar. "She has had a fantastic high school and club career in helping her teams win consistently and at a high level. We are excited to continue to bring winners and leaders into our program."

Smith, a 6-0 setter, served as the captain of the 40-0 and No. 1 nationally-ranked Cary-Grove High School squad. She excelled in club ball as well, earning AAU All-American honors in 2009 after leading her squad to an AAU National Championship and being named tournament MVP. Smith was also chosen as one of's `Senior Aces' for the class of 2011. Colleen is the daughter of Robert "Bubba" and Krista Smith.

Smith is one of 150 players nationally earning All-America accolades. describes the All-American selection process as follows:

To be a High School All-American, you must have made a massive impact on your high school team. "Massive" is subjective, but at a minimum requires that you be the best player on your team and one of the top 3-5 players in your state regardless of class, except for volleyball hotbeds like California, Texas, Indiana and Illinois, where you must be among the 10 best high school players regardless of class.