Madison McConnell was a force at the net, recording a career-high 12 blocks, just one shy of UTA’s single-game four-set total blocks record.
The only senior on the 2006 squad...led the team in digs as a freshman and junior...will be used primarily as a libero after seeing time as a setter in her first three years...became the 13th player in school-history to eclipse the 1,000 dig plateau...needs 118 digs to pass Heather Hoy for 10th place on the all-time digs list.
Appeared in 26 matches, playing 95 games...led the team with 428 digs...her 4.51 digs a game average ranked sixth in the conference...recorded a personal-best 36 digs against Sam Houston State and Louisiana-Monroe...recorded double-digit digs in 22 matches, including each of the last 10...posted a career-best 23 kills on the season...set a new career-best in kills with three against Southeastern Louisiana, Lamar and ULM...led the team with 23 service aces...posted three aces in the season-finale victory over Nicholls State...was the starting setter in a road match at SLU and rewarded her coach with a personal-best 47 assists...finished the season with 186 assists...poured in four services aces against ULM...recorded her first blocks of her career at SLU and McNeese State, both block assists.
Played in 23 matches for UTA...missed some time due to injury...collected 225 digs...averaged 2.85 digs a game...recorded a season high 19 digs in season-opening victory over Baylor...posted double-digit digs 11 times...handed out 40 assists and delivered 12 service aces...four of her aces came in an early season victory against Binghamton.
Appeared in all 105 games for the Mavericks...led her squad with 405 total digs...ranked fourth in the Southland Conference at 3.86 digs a game...recorded a then-career high 32 digs at Southeastern Louisiana Oct. 31...collected 20 or more digs five times...collected 10 or more digs 23 times...posted first collegiate kill vs. Nicholls State Sept. 27...handed out five assists vs. Northwestern State.
Alvin High School
Ashley Smith joined the Mavericks after closing out her two-sport career at Alvin High School...an all-state finalist in 2000, she helped lead her volleyball squad to a regional championship...Smith earned all-district setter honors in 2001 and was named to the Cy-Fair all-tournament team in 2002...she has competed in the USA Volleyball Nationals three times as a member of the South Shore Mizuno squad and also spent two summers attending the World Volleyball Center in Huegonot, New York.
Daughter of Marilyn and Randy Smith...born Aug. 18, 1985...an education major at UTA...older sister, Caley, was a four-year letterwinner on the UTA volleyball team (2001-04).