#15 Carli Smith | Defensive specialist
Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
Previous School: Temecula Valley
Major: Exercise Science
2013 Honorable Mention All-GPAC
2013 Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska Honorable Mention
GPAC Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 3, 2013)
2012 Second Team All-GPAC
Omaha World Herald Honorable Mention All-Nebraska
GPAC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 9, 2012)
Smith played in 30 of 31 matches and saw action in 106 sets while providing stellar defense from her libero position ... led Concordia with 491 digs and 707 service receptions ... posted a serve receive percentage of .932 ... ranked third in the GPAC in digs per set (4.6) and fifth in total digs ... notched double-digit digs in all but five matches ... dug up a season high 35 attack attempts in the win over Ottawa on 8-31-13 ... had 32 digs in the victory over Ottawa on 8-31-13.
Smith emerged as one of the top defensive specialists in the GPAC while playing in all 31 matches and 114 sets as a sophomore...led Concordia with 512 digs (fourth most in the GPAC) and averaged 4.5 digs per set (third in the conference)...added 51 assists and 17 service aces...posted a career high 37 digs vs. Briar Cliff on 10-5-12...posted 32 digs vs. Peru State on 9-7-12...recorded 20 digs or more in 10 matches...swatted three service aces vs. Purdue North Central (Ind.) on 10-20-12...named Second Team All-GPAC.
Carli appeared in 22 matches for the Bulldogs in the 2011 season…totaled 15 ace serves and 350 digs…led the team in digs…had six assists vs. Dakota Wesleyan on 10-28-11…had a career-best 31 digs vs. Valley City State on 8-27-11…finished with three aces vs. Dordt College on 10-29-11 and at Nebraska Wesleyan on 10-19-11.
Prepped at Temecula Valley high school for four years ... While playing for coach Kelly Barackman she was named Second Team All-League three years in a row and All-City honorable mention ... Also recognized as Dig leader in the Southwestern Division and voted Best Defensive Player ... Team captain for two years ... Scholar Athlete all four years.
Born January 26 in Burbank, California ... Daughter of Don and Jan Smith ... Has one older sister.