David Smith (volleyball)

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David Smith
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Personal information
Born (1985-05-15) May 15, 1985 (age 34)
Panorama City, California, U.S.
Height2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
Spike360 cm (140 in)
Block345 cm (136 in)
College(s)University of California, Irvine
Volleyball information
PositionMiddle blocker
Current clubZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
UCI Anteaters
Caribes de San Sebastián
CV Almería
Tours VB
Cerrad Czarni Radom
Aluron Virtu Warta Zawiercie
Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
National team
2009–United States

David Smith (born May 15, 1985) is an American volleyball player, a member of United States men's national volleyball team and Polish club ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, a participant of the Olympic Games London 2012, gold medalist of the 2015 World Cup. Smith is nearly deaf.



Smith played for the UC Irvine volleyball team from 2004 to 2007. In 2004, his .369 hitting percentage was the highest on the team. He also had a 1.03 blocking average and 102 block assists. The following season, he had a .401 hitting percentage and a 0.86 blocking average. Smith then had a .412 hitting percentage, 1.27 blocking average, 129 block assists, and 143 total blocks in 2006.[1]

In 2007, Smith helped University of California, Irvine win the NCAA Division I men's volleyball national title. His .559 hitting percentage led the nation and was a new school record. He also broke the UCI single-season block assists record, with 160. Smith was named to the All-American first team and the NCAA All-Tournament team. He finished his UCI career as the school's all-time leader in block assists (471) and total blocks (520).[1]


Smith joined the U.S. national team in 2009. That year, he was named the Best Blocker at the World Championship Qualifier and played in the FIVB World League. In 2010, he helped the U.S. win the Pan American Cup.[1]

Smith tied as the team's second-leading scorer at the 2011 Pan American Cup, as the U.S. finished second. He then played in the 2012 FIVB World League, and the U.S. finished second. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was a substitute and had eight points.[1]


From 2009 to 2012, Smith played professionally in Puerto Rico, Spain, and France.[1]


Smith was born in the Los Angeles district of Panorama City on May 15, 1985.[1] Born nearly deaf, he wears hearing aids and reads lips to understand his teammates.[2]

Smith is 6 feet, 7 inches tall. He lives in Saugus, California. He was married in 2008 and he has one son who was born in 2012.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "David Smith". teamusa.org. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Peterson, Anne M. "US volleyball's Smith competes with hearing loss". sports.yahoo.com. July 29, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2012.