2012: Sophomore at Creighton • 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 kill of 2012 vs. Indiana State (11/9), adding a block. • Played one set in NCAA Tournament second-round match at No. 11 Minnesota (12/1). • Had four blocks, two kills and two blocks in spring exhibition victory at Nebraska (4/12).
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. • Notched 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 (8/31). • Had five kills and seven blocks while hitting .385 vs. Iowa (9/4). • Produced career-high eight kills while hitting .389 in sweep of Wake Forest (9/4). • Hit .500 with six blocks in three-game sweep over Evansville (9/18). • 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 Tournament MVP at four different events in her career. • Named first team All-Area twice by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and second team all-state as a senior. • Earned three letters in volleyball and two in track, where she qualified for the state meet in high jump, hurdles and relays. • Received 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 2012-13 Dean’s List 2012-13 MVC Academic Honor Roll
More About Savannah Full Name: Savannah Suzanne Smith Birthday: May 2, 1992 Birthplace: Omaha, Neb. Parents: Shane and Leslie Smith Sisters: Shayley (19) and Sheyenne (16) Major: Environmental Science Nicknames: Sav, Savvy, Van, Vanna Famous Relative: Uncle Marshall Smith played football at Dana College Favorite Vacation Spot: Montana Why Creighton: Volleyball, academics, close to home/family Favorite Part of Ryan Athletic Center: The high-spirited atmosphere it has for games Summer 2013 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 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments Favorite TV Show/Movie: Heartland/White Chicks