Smith to continue volleyball career at Albion College

By Josh Sigler

Northfield senior Ava Smith signed a letter of intent Tuesday, Feb. 27, to continue her volleyball career at Albion College, an NCAA Division III school in Albion, Mich.

Smith said the decision was an easy one, and she felt at home at Albion.

“This means a lot to me,” Smith said. “I’ve worked really hard throughout this process, and all of my coaches and everyone who’s helped me, I’m really grateful for all of them to help get me where I am.
“My past experiences have taught me a lot and have shown me how to play at the next level. My clubs have really helped me get ready, she added.”

Smith, a setter, put up stellar numbers during her junior season with the Norse. She dished out 553 assists and pulled in 405 digs during her campaign.  She was also potent with the serve, finishing with an 89.5 percent serve percentage and 49 aces.

“Ava has been my setter for the last three years,” Northfield coach Ted Bahney said. “She’s done a very good job. Last year, she took ahold of our team very well as a senior. She led our team very well. We had a lot of young freshmen on the team, and she really took control and helped me out a lot.”

Bahney said Smith adapts quickly to situations on the court.

“She does a good job setting,” Bahney said. “She runs the quick really well with players. She’s very good as a passer as well from the back row. My libero was the backup setter, so she would pass the ball up for the libero to set. She did a great job with all of that.”

Smith will join an Albion squad that went 14-15 in the 2017 season. The Britons, who play in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, lose just two players to graduation, according to their online roster.

Posted on 2018 Mar 06