Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Volleyball In Position For Success
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 21, 2010
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Dec. 21, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. – After signing an elite level recruiting class back in November, many of the University of Arizona volleyball signees are garnering national praise after successful high school senior seasons.


Madison Kingdon, who will graduate from high school early and join the program for the spring semester, was named the Gatorade Arizona High School Volleyball Player of the Year. 

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Kingdon as Arizona’s best high school volleyball player.


The 6-foot-1 senior outside hitter led the Vikings to a 41-3 record and their third straight Class 4A state title this past season. Kingdon recorded 587 kills, 385 digs, 78 service aces and 67 blocks while posting a kill percentage of .531. The 2010 Big Schools Player of the Year, Kingdon is a two-time First Team All-State selection and a 2010 Under Armour All-American Second Team honoree.


Kingdon has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as a peer tutor, and as a youth volleyball coach and camp counselor.


Another UA recruit, Chloe Mathis, also received some national pub as she attended the Final Four last weekend in Kansas City and was awarded as a 2010 Under Armour All-American First Team member.


Mathis, a 5’11 setter from La Jolla, Calif. who will compete for playing time next season, was named National Player of the Week by MaxPreps back in September.


The volleyball team concluded final exams last week and is now home for the holidays through the new year.  At the beginning of the spring semester, the 2010 returnees will start its weight training regimen.