2012: Sophomore at Creighton
• Redshirt sophomore who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury.
• Started in place of Michelle Sicner vs. Ball State (9/7), finishing with a season-high three blocks.
• Also had three blocks vs. Drake (9/22).
• Earned first block of 2012 vs. Indiana State (11/9), adding a block.
• Played one set in NCAA Tournament second-round match at #11 Minnesota (12/1).
• Started 12 matches in 2010 as a true freshman, averaging 1.07 kills and 0.86 blocks per set on .220 hitting.
2011: Sophomore at Creighton (Redshirt)
• Did not play while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
• Dean’s List.
2010: Freshman at Creighton
• True freshman who was thrust into a starting role after Laurel Sanford’s opening-match injury.
• Named MVC Freshman of the Week on Sept. 7 after averaging 1.43 kills, 1.36 blocks and hitting .364 in four matches.
• Had eight kills and nine blocks at Bluejay Invitational in first three matches of her career.
• Had three kills and hit .500 vs. No. 7 Nebraska (Aug. 31).
• Had four kills and seven blocks in sweep of Saint Louis (Sept. 3).
• Had five kills and seven blocks while hitting .385 vs. Iowa (Sept. 4).
• Produced career-high eight kills while hitting .389 in sweep of Wake Forest (Sept. 4).
• Hit .500 with six blocks in three-game sweep over Evansville (Sept. 18).
• Only freshman in CU history to post five or more kills while hitting .385 or better in three straight matches (Sept. 4-10).
Riverside Community High School
• Finished prep career with 736 kills, 458 digs, 272 blocks and 119 aces.
• Averaged 4.2 kills, 2.7 digs, 1.4 blocks and 0.7 aces per set as a senior and 3.0 kills, 2.0 digs and 1.1 blocks per set as a junior.
• Named first-team all-Western Iowa Conference twice and second-team once in volleyball.
• Won the Western Iowa Conference’s Academic Award as a senior.
• Named Omaha World-Herald’s Class 2A Western Iowa Player of the Year as a senior.
• Named first-team all-Area twice by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and second-team all-state as a senior.
• Named Tournament MVP at four different events in her high school career.
• Participated in the Southwest Iowa All-Star Game.
• Earned three letters in volleyball and two in track, where she qualified for the state meet in high jump, hurdles and relays.
• Selected to receive the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award.
• First Division I scholarship athlete in her high school’s history.
• Coached by Mandie Vetter in volleyball, Steve Allen and Hannah Haarhues-Casey in track and Deb Grafentin in club volleyball.
• Ranked first in her high school class academically with a 3.94 GPA and was school’s valedictorian.
• Qualified for club volleyball nationals with the River City Juniors the past four years, including a third-place finish in the 18-and-under Gold Division in 2010.
Creighton Awards & Honors
2010 MVC Freshman of the Week, 9/7
2010-11 Dean’s List
2010-11 MVC Academic Honor Roll
2011-12 Dean’s List
2011-12 MVC Academic Honor Roll
More About Savannah
Full Name: Savannah Suzanne Smith
Birthday: May 2, 1992
Birthplace: Omaha, Neb.
Parents: Shane & Leslie Smith
Siblings: Shayley (18) and Sheyenne (15)
Major: Environmental Science
Nicknames: Sav, Savvy, Van, Vanna
Famous Relative: Uncle Marshall Smith played football at Dana College
Favorite Vacation Spot: Wyoming or South Dakota
Why Creighton: Volleyball, academics, close to home/family
Hobbies: Riding horses, playing cards
Favorite Part of Ryan Athletic Center: The high-spirited atmosphere it has for games
Summer 2012 Job: Volleyball camps or babysitting
Team I Wish We Could Play: Hawai’i (at Hawai’i)
Best Volleyball Memory: Making it to the 2nd round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament
Favorite TV Show/Movie: CSI: NY/House Bunny