Cierra Simpson
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Cierra  Simpson

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Colorado Springs, Colo.

High School:
Doherty HS

Last College:
Colorado

Height:
6-0

Experience:
4V


COLORADO
Played four years of indoor volleyball at Colorado before transferring to LMU as a grad student...

2016... served her final season as a co-captain and ended her career as CU's all-time career digs leader with 1,840, surpassing the former record by 300 (1,540)... also set CU's record for sets played with 493 and is the rally scoring era career services aces leader at 91... recorded 444 digs, playing in all 121 sets to average 3.67 digs per set, the 10th best mark in the league... recorded 20 or more kills in six matches during the campaign, which included a season-high 27 in a four-set victory against No. 12 UCLA (10/2)... also tallied 24 digs as the Buffs upset No. 13 Penn State (9/3) in five sets... earned a spot on the Omni Invitational All-Tournament team... over the course of CU's 30 matches, Simpson recorded 111 assists, 444 digs, 15 aces and two kills for 17.0 points... All Pac-12 Academic Honorable Mention... graduated with a degree in advertising... competed on the USA Women's Volleyball Collegiate National Team during the summer of 2016...

2015... one of three tri-captains... posted 505 digs, the second most in a single season by a Buff... was the only athlete to play in all 124 sets during the season... completed the season ranked seventh in the Pac-12 with 4.07 digs per set and was fifth in conference-only matches with 4.44 digs per set... became the 14th Buff to record 1,000 career digs and set the CU rally scoring career digs record, breaking the previous mark of 1,170... defensive presence earned her the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 5) after averaging 5.38 digs per set in CU's wins against then-No. 22 Oregon and Oregon State, CU's second road sweep since joining the Pac-12... was named the team's defensive MVP... All Pac-12 Academic Honorable Mention... competed on the USA Women's Volleyball Collegiate National Team during the summer of 2015...

2014... became the first Buff to record 500 digs in a single season, breaking the CU single season and sophomore record with 519... recorded 10 or more digs in 27 matches and in 11 of those matches, she had 20 or more digs... ranked 10th in the Pac-12 with 3.93 digs per set and was seventh in league-only matches (4.23 dps)... led the team with 29 aces... honored as the team's defensive MVP... All Pac-12 Academic Honorable Mention...

2013... saw action in 116 of 119 sets (all 32 matches) in her first season as a Buff... led the team with 372 digs and averaged 3.21 digs per set... made her collegiate debut against St. Mary's (8/30) and recorded seven digs... had 21 matches with double-digit digs and two matches with 20 or more... named to the Pac-12 All-Freshmen honorable mention team and was also recognized by the team as one of two most improved players at the season ending banquet...

HIGH SCHOOL
Member of the Doherty High School team that won the 2012 5A Colorado State High School Championship after winning the Colorado Spring Metro League Championship to complete its 29-0 perfect season... recorded 182 kills, 208 digs, 40 blocks and 39 aces in 86 sets and was named to the Under Armour High School All-America Watch List... DHS recorded a pair of third-place finishes at the 2009 and 2010 state championships... was named the DHS Most Valuable Player as a junior, helping to guide the Spartans to a share of the Colorado Springs Metro League Championship... over the course of four years with the Spartans, Simpson was a two-time first team all-area 4A/5A Colorado Springs team member, a three-time first team all-conference member and was named to the second team once... was an academic all-state first team selection and DHS honor roll member her freshman through senior years... a member of the National Honor Society and earned the CU James H. Baker Scholarship... played club volleyball for Colorado Juniors under the direction of Kevin Marquis... team placed second at the Puerto Rico National Championship in 2013 and won the same tournament in 2012...

PERSONAL
Cierra Alexis Simpson... born in Spokane, Wash... daughter of Serena and Rick Simpson... mother played volleyball and basketball in college while at University of Missouri - Kansas City... father played basketball at Louisiana Tech... has three sisters, Taylor, Gabby and Riley... Taylor played volleyball at Colorado, while Gabby is a volleyball player at Kansas... chose LMU because it is the perfect combination of great coaching, great location, welcoming teammates and great academics... pursuing a master's in educational studies.

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