Anna-Lena Smith Nielsen Athlete Profile

#3 Anna-Lena Smith Nielsen

Anna-Lena Smith Nielsen
Position: Setter Height: 5-10 Roster Years: 1996-1999 Hometown: Mesa, AZ Last School: Gilbert High School



All-America

  • 1998 AVCA Second Team
  • 1999 AVCA Second Team

Personal

High School: Gilbert
Major: Athletic Training
Parents: Steven and Georgia Smith
Family: Oldest of five children, younger sister played high school volleyball and younger brothers wrestle and play football
Hobbies: Playing the piano, watching and playing all sports, wave running and fishing
Favorite Book: Stephanie
Favorite Foods: Italian and Mexican
Non Sports Heroes: Mother and grandmother because, "they are great examples of the kind of mother and wife I want to be."
Sports Hero: Michael Jordan
Biggest Sport Thrill: Winning the 1995 Arizona State volleyball championship
Favorite Parts of the Game: Blocking an overpass and the dump
Chose BYU Because: "I loved the campus, team, weather, coaches and religious atmosphere."

Before BYU

High School: 1993 Honorable Mention All-East Valley Conference ... 1994 and 1995 First Team All-Conference ... 1994 First Team 5A All-State 1995 First Team 4A All-State ... 1994 and 1995 Arizona Republic First Team All-State ... 1995 4A Player of the Year ... led team to 1995 4A State Championship ... 1995 team ranked third in Student Sports Magazine.. Club: Led East Valley Juniors team to the 1993, 1994 and 1995 Arizona State 18-under championship and a third-place finish in the 1995 Junior Nationals. Honors: Third team Mizuno/USA Today All-America ... first team Student Sports All-America ... named to Volleyball Monthly "Fab 50" recruits list ... first team Junior National All-America.

Stats

Year     GP   K   E    A   Pct  SA  SE  RE  BS  BA  TB  BE Dig  Ast
1996    123 114  24  270  .333  16  50   1   7  68  75  22 246 1470
1997    113  82  15  232  .289  25  32   2   5  53  58  33 214 1578
1998    115 129  35  319  .295  24  22   1   5  67  72  22 220 1502
Total   351 325  74  821  .306  65 104   4  17 188 205  77 680 4550
Career MATCH HIGHS


1996 | Freshman Year

Split setting duties in the first three matches before taking over in early September ... averaged 11.95 assists per game ... recorded career-best 69 assists in WAC championship match against Hawai'i ... WAC Player of the Week, First Team All-WAC Mountain Division and WAC Mountain Division Freshman of the Year ... All-Tournament Team of the WAC championship tournament.

1997 | Sophomore Year

Named to the All-Tournament Teams of the State Farm/NACWAA Preview Classic and the BYU/Mizuno Classic ... finished first in the WAC and sixth nationally in assists per game with 13.96 ... set a new personal-best of 84 assists and tied career-best with 15 digs against Texas A&M in the NCAA East Regional ... First Team All-WAC Mountain Division and WAC Championship All-Tournament Team.

1998 | Junior Year

Named to the All-Tournament Teams of the UMass/Phoenix Invitational and the BYU/Mizuno Classic ... named to the All-Tournament team for the WAC Championship Tournament ... named 2nd Team AVCA All-American ... named 1st Team All-WAC Pacific Division ... named to the CoSIDA All-Region VII Team ... became second all-time in assists at BYU (4,550) ... averaged 13.06 assists per game and ended the season with 1,502 total assists ... played in every game for the Cougars ... set a BYU single-match record for assists in a match with 89 vs. Hawai`i in the WAC Championship match ... had over 50 assists in a match six times.