TUCSON, Ariz. – After finishing first in the conference in kills, Arizona junior outside hitter Madi Kingdon was named All-Pac-12, the league announced on Tuesday. In addition, setter Penina Snuka was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
Kingdon was arguably the league’s top offensive player as she not only led the Pac-12 in points but she ranked third in kills and fourth in service aces. In addition, she finished second on the team with 351 digs, while also recording 70 blocks. Kingdon’s 482 kills this season are already eighth on the school’s single-season list for kills and she looks to become just the fourth player in school history to reach 500 kills for a season. She has also recorded 27 matches with 10 or more kills, which already ranks fourth in school history. Kingdon already ranks sixth for career kills in school history with 1,283.
The junior from Phoenix was also named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on two separate occasions this year, while also being named Arizona Desert Classic Tournament MVP and Wildcat Classic Tournament MVP. She also earned all-tournament honors at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Meanwhile, Snuka had an incredible first year at Arizona. She led the team and finished second in the Pac-12 with 17 double-doubles on the season, which ranks among the most double-doubles nationally by a freshman. In addition, she dished out 1,137 assists (10.15 p/s), which ranked sixth in the league. She also added 312 digs, 58 kills and 35 blocks in her inaugural season.
Arizona earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time since 1981. The Wildcats will travel to San Diego, Calif. to take on New Mexico State (22-10) on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m. MST. The University of San Diego, seeded ninth nationally, will host the first and second round matches on campus at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Toreros will host UC Santa Barbara in the other first round match at the site. If the Wildcats advance past the first and second rounds, they will travel to Lincoln, Neb. for the Sweet 16.
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