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David Smith


David Smith
  • 2012

Hometown: Saugus, Calif.
Birth Year: 1985
Position: Middle blocker
Height: 6-7 (201cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (90.7kg)
College: UC Irvine
Joined Team: 2009

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2015 – NORCECA Champions Cup. 2014 – FIVB World Championship. 2013 – FIVB Grand Champions Cup... FIVB World League. 2012 – Olympic Games... FIVB World League (Silver Medal) 2011 – London Volleyball International Invitational (Bronze Medal)... Pan American Cup (Silver Medal). 2010 – Pan American Cup (Gold Medal). 2009 – Brazil Tour… 2010 World Championship Qualifier for NORCECA Group F (Gold Medal)… FIVB World League. 2007 – World University Games (bronze medal). 2005 – FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship. 2004 – NORCECA Junior Men’s Volleyball Championship (silver medal).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 – Played on the U.S. team that finished fifth at the FIVB World Championship. Also competed in pool play matches for World League. 2013 – Played in 24 sets of World League. Scored 51 points on 32 kills, 14 blocks and five aces... Played the winter of 2012-13 for Tours and helped it win the French league title. 2012 – Served as a backup middle blocker in 2012. Played in 47 sets and started 29. Finished with 75 points on 48 attacks, 20 blocks and seven aces. Hitting efficiency was .627… Played 10 sets of the Olympic Games, including three as a starter in a 3-0 win over Tunisia. Finished that match and the Games with eight points on five kills (.833 hitting efficiency), one block and two aces… After not playing for the top team in 2011, got his chance in 2012 when he was named to the World League squad and he played in 37 sets, starting 26. Finished with 67 points on 43 attacks (.609 hitting efficiency), 19 blocks and five aces. His best match was 17 points (10 kills, five blocks, two aces) against Italy on June 22 in Korea. His performance helped him earn a spot on the 2012 Olympic Team… During the winter of 2011-12, played for Tours in France's A League. 2011 – Played in 16 sets and started 10 at the London Volleyball Invitational where the U.S. Men finished third... Finished with 20 points on 11 kills, six blocks and three aces... Started all 16 sets of the Pan American Cup as the U.S. Men finished second to Brazil in Canada... Tied as the United States' second-leading scorer with 45 points on 26 kills, 13 blocks and six aces... Smith's 13 blocks led the team and was third among all blockers... His six aces placed him sixth among all servers. Played during the winter of 2010-11 for Unicaja Almeria in Spain's club league. 2010 – Was on the U.S. Men's A2 Team that won the Pan American Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Was the team's fourth-leading scorer and 18th among all scorers with 42 points on 30 kills, nine blocks and three aces. Played during the 2009-10 winter season for San Sebastian in the Puerto Rican men’s league. Led the league in blocks during the regular season and was named to the All-Star team. 2009 – Part of a group of mostly younger players who traveled to Brazil on Sept. 22-27 for five friendly matches. The U.S. lost all five... Won the Best Blocker award at the World Championship Qualifier on Aug. 15-17 in Irvine, Calif., as the U.S. Men won the event. Finished with nine blocks and five errors on 22 attempts and an average of one block per set… Was not originally on the roster to play at World League, but was added at the last minute when Riley Salmon couldn’t play. Played in all but two pool play matches and started five sets. He played as a substitute in two final round matches. 2007 – Played on U.S. Men’s Team that won the bronze medal at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. 2005 – Played on the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished eighth in the 2005 FIVB Men's U-21 World Volleyball Championships in Andhra Pradesh, India. 2004 – Helped the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team to a second place finish at the 2004 NORCECA Junior Men’s Volleyball Championship in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2007 – Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team…Named first team All-American and first team All-MPSF…Led the nation with a .559 hitting percentage, a new UCI season record…Hit .567 (61-6-97) in UCI’s five post-season wins…Averaged 2.44 kills per game overall…Hit .573 (199-23-307) against MPSF opponents which led the conference…Topped the squad with a 1.37 blocking average overall (6th nationally) and had a 1.44 mark versus MPSF teams (3rd)…Hit .500 or better in 23 of the 34 matches this year, including hitting .800 or above five times…Recorded a block assist in every match this season, recording seven or more blocks nine times…UCI career block assists leader with 471 and total blocks leader with 520…Sixth in UCI career solo blocks with 49…Set a UCI season record with 160 block assists… Named the MVP of the 2007 USA Volleyball Open National Championships.  2006 – Named All-MPSF honorable mention...averaged 2.19 kills per game and owned a .412 hitting percentage...ranked 16th nationally in hitting and ranks third best in the UCI season record book...second on the team with a 1.27 blocking average which was 14th in the country...hit .700 or better six times, including .769 in the regular season meeting with Penn State, the eighth best mark in a match at UCI...had 13 block assists versus Long Beach State (4/1) which tied the UCI match record...his 129 block assists was third in the season record book and his 143 total blocks ranked fourth in a ranked fourth in career block assists (301) and total blocks (338)... 2005 – Averaged 2.16 kills per game...second on the squad in hitting percentage at .401, which ranks third on the UCI season list...second on the team with a 0.86 blocking average...recorded kills in double-digits 11 times... 2004 – Averaged 2.22 kills per game which was fourth on the squad...led the team in hitting percentage at .369, which ranks ninth in the UCI season records...second on the team with a 1.03 blocking average...had 102 block assists, which is ninth most in a season at UCI...recorded kills in double-digits eight times...totaled a career-high nine block assists against USC and pounded a career-best 17 kills against Penn State...recorded at least one block assist in all but two matches...hit .846 against Pacific which ranks third in the UCI match record books...also ranks eighth in match hitting percentage with a .737 clip versus Pepperdine.

PERSONAL: Born David Smith on May 15, 1985 in Panorama City, Calif… Parents are Rick and Nancy… Has an older brother, Robert, and a younger sister, Kristen… David married wife, Kelli in 2008. Son Cohen was born in 2012... David was born with mild-to-severe hearing loss. He wears hearing aids to assist him on and off the court. He also reads lips… David attended Saugus High School (1999-2003) where he played both volleyball and soccer… Studying civil engineering at UC Irvine… Mexican is his favorite food… The Bible is his favorite book… Favorite big screen flick is the Italian Job… Favorite bands are Supertones and Switchfoot… Enjoys music, golf, watching sports and hanging out with his family… Admires his parents for their unwavering support and love… Walking into the Opening Ceremoniesof the 2012 Olympic Games in London is his favorite sports memory.

Last updated May 2015

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