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16 - Emily Smith Position: Outside Hitter
Class: Senior
Height: 5' 11"
High School: Downers Grove S.
Hometown: Downers Grove, Ill.
 
photo         2003: Appeared in more than half of the Hokiesí games as a junior ... Strong server, fired off nine straight service points in the third game against N.C. State ... Finished the match against the Wolfpack with a season-best three aces ... Led Tech with 16 digs against Northern Illinois ... Finished the year averaging 1.63 digs a game.

2002: Came on as a solid server and defensive player for the Hokies ... Played in 28 matches, starting four ... Finished the year with 166 digs, ranking fifth on the team ... Tied career highs with four assists and three service aces against Coastal Carolina ... Recorded a season-high 14 digs against West Virginia ... Notched nine service aces on the season ... Tallied 13 digs against Charlotte in the opening match of the Hokie Classic ... Registered 10 digs in the win over Rutgers ... Had 12 digs in the win over Liberty.

2001: Had an outstanding campaign as a true freshman ... Played in 28 matches, starting 14 ... Ranked third for the Hokies with 30 assists ... Tied for third on the team with 194 digs ... Had a career-high 13 kills and four assists against Virginia ... Tallied a .278 hitting percentage against Syracuse with seven kills and two errors on 18 attempts ... Two blocks against St. Johnís ... tallied three service aces against Seton Hall ... Contributed three solo blocks and four total blocks ... Provided a personal-best 18 digs against Rutgers ... Registered three block assists against Evansville, Western Carolina and Notre Dame.

High School: Attended Downers Grove South High School, where she lettered three times ... Coached by Denise Lazzeroni-Kavanaugh ... Team won the 1999 IHSA Girls Volleyball State Championship ... Made the all-area and all-conference teams in both 1999 and 2000 ... Captain of her team as a senior ... Played club ball for Sports Performance for three years and Club Elite for two years ... Played in the U.S. Nationals in 1997, Ď98, Ď99 and 2001 ... Named to the all-academic team three times at her high school.

Personal: Emily Elizabeth Smith was born January 15, 1983 in Downers Grove, Ill. ... Is the daughter of Karl and Mary Ann Smith ... Has a twin sister, Katie, who plays volleyball for 2004 opening opponent Ohio University ... Majoring in marketing.

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