GSHS grad given Big 12 honor |

GSHS grad given Big 12 honor

BOULDER, Colo. ” The University of Colorado volleyball team has placed three on the All-Big 12 teams. Senior setter Ashley Nu’u, has been named to the first team. Junior outside hitter Amber Sutherland and sophomore middle blocker Lauren Schaefer have been selected to the honorable mention squad, announced Monday by the conference office. The Big 12 awards are selected by the league’s head coaches.

Sutherland, a 2004 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, was selected to the honorable mention squad for the first time in her career. Sutherland was named the Big 12 and CU Athlete of the Week after recording 35 kills in an upset of No. 21 Missouri. She leads CU with 431 kills this season and ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 4.23 per game. Sutherland ranks 10th on CU’s single-season kills list and is 15th on the career chart with 877. She leads the Buffs with 15 double-doubles this season. Sutherland also ranks 22nd for CU in career digs with 602. She was named to the Colorado Invitational All-Tournament Team earlier this season.

Nu’u, an Aurora native, has been an honorable mention selection for the past two years and was the 2003 Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year. She was named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association and Big 12 Player of the Week on Nov. 13 after helping lead CU to an upset of top-ranked and then-undefeated Nebraska.

Schaefer, a Mountain View, Calif., native, was also selected to the honorable mention team for the first time in her career. Schaefer leads CU with 0.92 blocks per game. She has put up 11 solos and 74 assists this season.

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