LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Colorado junior outside hitter Taylor Simpson has been named to the 2013 AVCA Division I All-Pacific South Region honorable mention team, as announced by the AVCA on Tuesday.
The Colorado Springs, Colo. native recorded 390 kills this season, averaging 3.61 kills per set. She ranked eighth in the Pac-12 Conference in kills and was also ninth in the league with 4.03 points per set. Simpson was second on the team with 2.67 digs per set (288 digs) and was third with 0.63 blocks per set (68 blocks).
Simpson tallied 14 double-doubles this year. One of those was with 20 kills and 22 digs, a career-best, in a five-set victory over Utah on Nov. 27. In doing so, Simpson became just the 12th Buff ever to record a 20-20 double-double. She led the Buffs in kills 17 times this season, including on Oct. 6 against Washington State when she hammered a career-high 23 kills.
During the season, Simpson was awarded CU’s Athlete of the Week honor four times, picked up All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors and was named the MVP of the Candlewood Suites Invitational. She is the first CU player since Ashley Nu’u in 2006 to earn all-region honors.
Simpson led the Buffs to a breakout season as CU advanced to its first NCAA Tournament since 2006, its 17th overall appearance. CU defeated Iowa State 3-1 in the first round and almost pulled off an upset against No. 10 Minnesota before falling 3-2 in the second round. The Buffs finished the year with an 18-14 record, totaling their most wins since the 2003 season when they recorded 21. CU tied for seventh in the Pac-12 with a 9-11 record.