Nu'u Added To U.S. Women's National Training Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Colorado senior setter Ashley Nu'u has been added to the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Training Team, announced today by USA Volleyball and head coach "Jenny" Lang Ping. Workouts start on Jan. 16, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Nu'u, a 5-10, Aurora, Colo., native was one of just six players to be added to the roster. She is joined by Courtney Thompson (setter, University of Washington), Jillian Davis (libero, University of California), Allison Anderson (libero, Boston College), Kelly Bowman (outside hitter, University of Minnesota) and Kristen Fenton (outside hitter, Fresno State).
"I feel really honored to be invited," Nu'u said. "The girls that are going to be down there are great athletes and great setters. I'm really excited to get in the gym and train hard and see where it takes me. I'm really excited."
"We are very proud of Ashley and feel that this is a wonderful opportunity for her, and a well deserved one," Colorado Head Volleyball Coach Pi'i Aiu said.
Colorado has had two Buffs play as members of the U.S. National Team in outside hitter Karrie Downey (1991-94) and setter Kelly Campbell (1996-99).
This adds to the list of honors Nu'u has received during her senior season at CU. She was named to the 2006 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America third team, becoming just the fifth Buff to earn All-America recognition and the first to be named to the first, second or third AVCA All-America teams.
She was also named to the AVCA All-Central Region team and the All-Big 12 First Team. Nu'u was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week (11/13), the Big 12 Volleyball Player of the Week (11/13) and the CU Athlete of the Week (11/14) after leading the Buffs to an upset of top-ranked Nebraska, the Huskers only loss of the 2006 season. It was the first time CU has ever defeated a top-ranked opponent in 21 years and CU was as the only team to knock off the Huskers this season. Nu'u has been named CU Athlete of the Week three times this season and was named the Colorado Invitational Tournament MVP.
Nu'u was an AVCA All-Central Region honorable mention selection in 2005, an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection in 2004 and 05 and was the 2003 Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year. In four years, she worked her way up to third on Colorado's all-time career assists chart with 4,315 assists. She passed out 1,352 this season to average 12.52 per game, which ranked fifth in the Big 12. Nu'u also recorded 120 kills, 14 aces, 179 digs, 64 blocks and hit .348 in 108 games.
With 74 assists against Kansas State on Nov. 1, Nu'u recorded the 13th highest total by any CU setter, and was the third setter next to Kelly Campell (1996-99) and Nicole Vranesh (1990-93) to do so. She also dished out all of CU's 65 assists against Nebraska (11/11) which is the first time a CU setter has handed out all of the Buff's assists since Nov. 3, 1999 when Kelly Campbell recorded all 58 assists against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas, in five games.
She will leave her name in several categories in the CU record book. She ranks 14th in career blocks (243), 30th in career kills (541) and 35th in career digs (573). On the single season chart, she ranks seventh (1,448, 2005), 10th (1,352, 10th) and 14th (1,146, 2004) in assists. In her four years, Nu'u recorded 408 kills, 41 aces, 573 digs, 243 blocks, 591 points and hit .330.
Colorado finished the 2006 season at 17-12 overall, its 19th straight season with a record of .500 or better. The Buffs finished 12-8 in the Big 12 and tied for fourth, their best finish in since 2003 with they tied for third. The Buffs also advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 16th time in school history and 15th in the past 16 years. CU made it out of the first round for the first time since 2001 with a win over No. 19 New Mexico State, before falling to No. 3 Washington in the second round.