In a defensive struggle in McKale Center over the weekend, Arizona volleyball outlasted Oregon State in four sets in a match that featured a combined 227 digs.
Arizona set a new season mark with 113 digs, bettering its previous season high at Oregon State earlier in the season. The 113 digs are tied for 5th most in a match in school history and are the second-most in a four-set match.
"That may have been the hardest match of the year for us," said head coach Dave Rubio.
Also in volleyball news, sophomore setter Penina Snuka has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Snuka had one of Arizona's greatest defensive matches in history on Sunday, digging 31 balls, the fourth most in Arizona history, and second most in a four-set match. The setter was instrumental in Arizona's sweep of No. 10 Oregon and Oregon State, making countless ultra-athletic plays to keep rallies alive.
Also, ssenior Madi Kingdon of the UA volleyball team has been named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the sport’s top senior both on and off the court. The winner will be announced Dec. 8.
And sophomore Laura Larson of the team was named to the Capital One Academic All-District second team. Selection is reserved for the nation's top student-athletes for their performances on the court and in the classroom. Larson holds a 4.0 GPA while majoring in molecular and cellular biology.
The volleyball team will be back on the road this week. Arizona takes on Washington and Washington State, Friday and Saturday respectively.