Tasked with replacing its top three scorers from 2014, the 2015 Arizona volleyball team battled adversity and earned the program's fourth straight (and sixth in seven years) berth into the NCAA Tournament, where the Wildcats fell to Western Kentucky in straight sets in Provo, Utah.
Junior setter Penina Snuka has been named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American for the second straight season, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.
Junior setter Penina Snuka was named first-team AVCA All-Pacific South-Region while junior outside hitter Kalei Mau was named to the honorable mention, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.
The Arizona volleyball team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a three-set loss to Western Kentucky in the first round (25-22, 25-15, 25-17) in Provo, Utah on Friday evening.
Rewarded for its 19-13 (9-11 Pac-12) regular season, the Arizona volleyball team earned its third consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, marking Arizona's sixth trip in the last seven years and 27th time overall. The Wildcats will travel to National No. 13 seed BYU to face first-round opponent Western Kentucky on Friday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. MST. BYU will take on Ohio with the winners meeting in the second round on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. MST. The Cats finished the season by winning two of their final three, including home victories over No. 11 UCLA and rival Arizona State. Should Arizona defeat Western Kentucky and BYU advance, the Wildcats will have a chance to avenge a second-round loss to BYU last year in Tucson.
Juniors Penina Snuka and Kalei Mau have been named to the all-Pac-12 team, commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday. Tyler Spriggs was also named to the Pac-12 all-freshman team more.
Read what head coach Dave Rubio, junior setter Penina Snuka and senior middle blocker Halli Amaro had to say about playing in the NCAA Tournament, beginning Friday in Provo, Utah.
Following a 19-13 regular season, the Arizona volleyball team has earned an at-large selection to the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
In the final match of the regular season, 23rd-ranked Arizona volleyball took down Arizona State in four sets (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21) in front of a season-high 3,144 fans in McKale Center on a day in which Arizona honored its four seniors, Halli Amaro, Anna Panagiotakopoulos, MacKenzie Kleespies and Nikki Attea in their final matches in the arena.
Despite a solid night offensively, 23rd-ranked Arizona volleyball fell in its final road match of the season in four sets to Oregon State (23-25, 29-27, 19-25, 22-25).
Laura Larson has been selected to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team, commissioner Larry Scott announced on Wednesday.
In the final match of the regular season, Arizona is set to take on Arizona State at McKale Center on Friday at 3 p.m. MST in a match televised by the Pac-12 Networks.