Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Smith, Orzen Finish Memorable Year at Texas Tech.(Sports)

Byline: Where Are They Now? BOB LARKIN Of the Journal

Albuquerque's Colleen Smith and Sky Orzen left their marks and they were impressive ones on the Texas Tech University volleyball team this season.

The 6-foot, 7-inch Smith, a 1997 Sandia graduate, concluded her college career with numerous honors and records. The 5-5 Orzen, a '98 West Mesa grad, set the stage for what should be an outstanding senior year in 2001.

Smith, an English major, played her first two seasons at Washington State before transferring to Tech for her last two. She helped lead the Red Raiders to a 24-9 overall record, a tie for fifth place with Colorado at 12-8 in the Big 12 and their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the past five years.

Tech traveled to Hawaii for postseason play but lost in the first round to No. 19 Utah in a five-set heartbreaker 15-6, 8-15, 15-2, 10-15, 15-12. In that match, Smith had 27 kills and hit .346. Orzen recorded 59 assists against the Utes.

A devastating outside hitter, Smith made all-conference first team and all-Big 12 academic first team. She also was named Division I all-Central Region and on Friday topped it all off by being named an AVCA second-team All-American. She's the first Tech player to be so honored in volleyball.

For the season, Smith played in 117 games covering 32 matches and had a school-record 560 kills (4.79 a game). She became the first Raider ever to surpass 500 (the previous high in kills had been 431). The ex-Matador had a triple-triple of sorts with 221 digs (impressive for someone so tall) and 100 blocks (27 solos) to go with her kills.

In addition, Smith was credited with 21 service aces, a .273 season hitting percentage and two 30-kill matches against Baylor and Texas A&M. …

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