BOULDER —University of Colorado volleyball coach Liz Kritza has announced the addition of high school standout Gabby Simpson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) to the 2014 roster.
Simpson will join Anna Pfefferle (Northfield, Minn.) and Stephanie Shadley (Lewisville, Texas) who signed National Letters of Intent in November to complete the 2014 class. Simpson will also join her two older sisters, senior Taylor Simpson and sophomore Cierra Simpson, marking the first time CU volleyball will feature three siblings on an active roster.
As a senior, Simpson picked up numerous honors. She was named to the AVCA’s Under Armour All-America Second Team and earned a spot on Volleyball Magazine’s Fab-50 list. Prepvolleyball.com named her to its Senior Aces (at No. 15) as well as to its All-America team. She helped Doherty to a seventh-place finish at the Colorado State High School Championships with the Spartans finishing the season 21-6. She was named to the All-State 5A, All-Area 5A/4A and All-Colorado Springs Metro League first teams. During the year, she was awarded recognition on the Cherry Creek and Cheyenne Mountain Volleyball All-Tournament teams. She recorded 711 assists, 277 kills, 187 digs, 72 blocks and 37 aces in 95 sets.
Her junior year she helped guide the Spartans to the state championship with a perfect 29-0 record. Once again, she was named to the All-Area 5A/4A and All-Colorado Springs Metro League first teams and to the Cherry Creek and Cheyenne Mountain Volleyball All-Tournament teams. She also collected Prepvolleyball.com’s Top 50 Junior Recruits recognition and was named to the AVCA Phenom List. In 89 sets, she recorded 476 assists, 197 kills, 195 digs, 60 blocks and 34 aces.
As a sophomore, she was named Prepvolleyball.com’s Sophomore 79 highest honorable mention, as well as to the All-Area 5A/4A and All-Colorado Springs Metro League second teams. DHS finished the season 17-9. In addition, she was named Prepvolleyball.com’s Frosh 59 honorable mention as a freshman. That season, the team finished the year 22-8 and was third at the state championship.
She has also been a member of the Colorado Juniors Volleyball Club the past six years. She was named a Rocky Mountain Region All-Star in 2013 when she was the MVP as her team won the 2013 Puerto Rico U20 National Championship. The team also placed fifth at USA Volleyball Junior Nationals where she was named to the all-tournament team.
She has also been involved with USA Volleyball as a member of the 2012 and 2013 Youth National Training Team.
An excellent student, she has excelled in the classroom and earned academic all-state honors her freshman through senior years. She was a member of the Doherty Honor Roll and National Honor Society.
Also recruited by San Diego, Colorado State, Arizona State, UCLA, she decided on CU because she loves it here and is not far from her family, as well as the chance get to play with her older sisters.
Simpson was born on Oct. 13, 1996 in Colorado Springs, Colo. She is the daughter of Rick and Serena Simpson. Her dad played basketball at Louisiana Tech while her mom played basketball at UMKC. She has two older sisters, Taylor and Cierra, who are both members of the CU volleyball team, and one younger sister, Riley. She enjoys writing, reading and hanging out with friends and is interested in sports broadcasting.
2014 Colorado Volleyball Signing Class
|Anna Pfefferle||MB||6-2||Northfield, Minn./Northfield/M1 Mizuno VBC|
|Stephanie Shadley||OH||6-0||Lewisville, Texas/Prince of Peace Christian/Madfrog VBC|
|Gabby Simpson||S||6-4||Colorado Springs, Colo./Doherty/Colorado Juniors|
"We are very excited to add Gabby to our roster and welcome her into the Buff Family. We are proud to keep Colorado’s top recruit in the class of 2014 close to home where she can compete for Colorado’s flagship institution.
"Physically, Gabby has all of the tools necessary to be an elite setter and hitter. Through her involvement at Doherty High School, Colorado Juniors, and USA Volleyball, Gabby is prepared to compete at the highest level in the PAC 12, with and against the top players in the country. She is a phenomenal competitor who has learned how to win by leading top tier high school and club teams.
"Gabby will have a truly unique experience in donning a Buffs’ jersey alongside her older sisters , Cierra and Taylor, both part of a talented and motivated group we currently have in our program here at CU. Coming from a very close knit family, she is a young woman of great character and has proven to be a diligent and accomplished student and athlete who will thrive in her time here at CU. We are excited to get her on campus this summer and start preparing for the exciting season we have coming up."
"I am so excited to joining the Buff family next year. I believe that we have a lot in store for us within the next few years and I am very excited to join a program that is on the rise. Along with that, I am ecstatic that I will be joining my sisters. Many people do not have the opportunity to play with their siblings and I am very happy that I was given that opportunity, Also, I have always wanted to play in the Pac-12, where you have the best competition as well as the best facilities to play in. these next few years will be amazing and I cannot wait to the see what the future has in store for us. Go Buffs!"
Tara Hittle, Doherty High School Varsity Coach
"It has been a true pleasure to coach Gabby and watch her grow on and off the court over the past three years. Gabby is an extremely gifted athlete who competes hard and demands excellence from those around her. She has been a consistent player and leader for her high school team and also helped lead Doherty to a State Championship in 2012 along with other great athletes including her sister Cierra. Off the court Gabby is a goofy girl who loves to joke around and make others laugh. I am excited to watch Gabby throughout her collegiate career as I know she is going to continue to grow into an outstanding volleyball player and be very successful."
Kevin Marquis, Colorado Juniors Club Coach
"Gabby has been an instrumental part of our success the past few years. She is always willing to put in extra time in the gym to improve herself. She has developed into the most offensive setter in the country over the past two seasons. She is a player that other coaches have to prepare for; if they don't prepare to stop Gabby then she will find a way to beat them. It has been a joy to watch Gabby's development from the time she was 14 years old to now as a high school senior. The University of Colorado volleyball program is getting one of the top setters in the country; it is going to be a lot of fun watching her compete in the toughest NCAA conference in the country!"
Judy Peer, Colorado Juniors Club Director
"Gabby has played for Colorado Juniors her whole career, for six seasons. She has absolutely developed into the high level setter and athlete we knew she could be, and wish her nothing but best wishes for a successful collegiate career, and beyond."