Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#20 Penina Snuka
Position: Setter
Height: 5'6"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Gilbert, Ariz.
High School: Kahuku HS (HI)
Experience: 2 Letters
Career Stats Career Stats

As a Sophomore (2014): An honorable mention selection to the AVCA All-America squad … First-team all-Pac-12 and all-Region … Totaled 1,234 assists (10.82/set) on the season, giving her 2,430 assists in her young career, already eighth in school history … Averaging 10.47 assists per game, currently sixth in Arizona history … A spectacular defensive setter as well, dug 453 balls, third in Arizona history and eighth in the Pac-12 … Her 3.97 digs per game in 2014 rank fourth in school history … Averaging 3.41 digs per game in her career, currently second in Arizona history … Recorded 31 digs vs. Oregon State (11/16), fifth most in Arizona history and second most in a four-set match and was rewarded for efforts with the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor … Averaged 10.82 assists per set, fifth in Pac-12 and 48th nationally … Appeared in 114 sets … Picked up 77 kills (0.68/set) on .253 hitting … Had 53 blocks (0.46/set), fifth on the team … Accumulated 124 points (1.09/set), sixth most on the team … Her 16 service aces ranked fifth on the team … Notched a career-most 60 assists in Arizona’s five-set thrilling victory vs. Arizona State (9/24), the fifth most assists in a match in the Pac-12 this season … Put up 14 matches with at least 40 assists including three 50-plus matches.

As a Freshman (2013): Was an honorable mention AVCA All-Region selection … Named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team … Was the only Wildcat to play in all 118 sets on the season … Joined Madi Kingdon as the only members of the team to start all 34 matches … Led the Pac-12 with 19 double-doubles and finished second among freshmen nationally in double-doubles … Finished fifth in the Pac-12 in assists as she dished out 10.14 per set … Accumulated 1,196 assists, 339 digs, 60 kills, 37 blocks and 12 service aces on the season … Dished out a career-high 48 assists in the four-set victory over Northwestern on Sept. 12 … Filled up the stat sheet in the team’s win against rival ASU with 42 assists, a career-high 22 digs, three kills and a block … Recorded a career-high seven kills in the victory over Portland State … Had a career-high three service aces in the sweep of UCLA on Oct. 18 … Finished with a career-high of four blocks against Central Arkansas on Aug. 31 and against Portland State on Sept. 13 … Earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors on Sept. 23 and Oct. 21 … Was named to the Arizona Invitational All-Tournament Team and to the Arizona Desert Classic All-Tournament Team.

Prep: Played her senior season at Kahuku High School in Hawaii after spending her first three years at Gilbert High School…She was named to the Volleyball Magazine Fab 50, which is a list of the top 50 high school seniors in the country ...  Was also ranked No. 34 on’s list of the top 100 seniors ... Following her senior season, she was ranked as one of the top-15 players in the state of Hawaii and was named first-team all-league ... She was also named to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association All-Tournament Team…In her junior season at Gilbert, she recorded 349 kills, 272 digs, 76 aces and 39 blocks to lead her squad to the class 5A state championship … She was also named second-team All-Tribune ... As a sophomore, Snuka recorded 520 kills, 456 digs, 83 aces and 31 blocks to earn Arizona Central Region Player of the Year ... She finished her freshman season with 283 kills, second-best on the team, and added a team-leading 110 aces and 453 digs, which ranked her second behind only Gilbert’s libero ... Snuka was an Honorable Mention All-State selection in Class 5A … She played her club volleyball for AZ East Valley Juniors.

Personal: Daughter of Jimmy and Heka Snuka ... Was born February 9, 1995 ... Has two brothers and a sister ... Her grandfather is former professional wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, father is former wrestler "Deuce", aunt is wrestler "Tamina" and uncle is professional wrestler and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ... Plans to pursue a psychology degree at the U of A.

Career Awards


Honorable Mention AVCA All-America

AVCA All-Region


Defensive Player of the Week (11/17)


Pac-12 All-Freshman Team

Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (9/23)

Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (10/21)