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 Junior (2015): An honorable mention selection AVCA All-American for the second straight year, making her one of four players in Arizona history to earn multiple All-America citations, joining Dana Burkholder (2000, 2001), Kim Glass (2002, 2003, 2005) and Madi Kingdon (2013, 2014) … First-team all-Pac-12 and all-Region for the second straight year … Led the Pac-12 in double-doubles for the third consecutive season with 22, giving her 65 in her career … Led the Pac-12 in total assists with a career-high 1,349, the seventh best single-season total in Arizona history, and was second in dimes/set (10.88), 36th in the country … With one year of eligibility remaining, is already fifth in Arizona history with 3,779 career assists and fourth with 1,209 career digs … Though the school record in assists seems unattainable (would need a school record 1,645 assists to tie Dana Burholder’s UA record of 5,424), Snuka needs 433 digs to become the school’s all-time leader in career digs (she has averaged 435 over the last two seasons) … Currently holds the record for career digs by a setter … One of three Wildcats to see action in all 124 sets, tied for the fourth most in a season in school history … A preseason-all-Pac-12 selection … Was an all-tournament team in three of Arizona’s four nonconference tournaments (Arizona Invitational, 9/4-5; Blackbird Invitational, 9/11-12; Wildcat Classic (9/18-19) … Totaled 417 digs in 2015, the sixth best total in school history, shaking out to 3.36 digs/set, second on the team … Through three years, is averaging 10.62 assists/set (sixth in Arizona history) and 3.40 digs/set (second in Arizona history) … The only Pac-12 player to record 59-or-more assists twice in 2015 as she dished out 59 assists twice (at Arizona State, 9/24; UCLA, 11/22), one shy of her career-high 60 … Had the two most productive four-set affairs in the Pac-12 (59 assists at Arizona State, 9/24; 58 assists at Oregon State, 11/25) … Tied a career-high with seven kills at Washington State (10/9) … Served three aces vs. USC (11/20) to tie a career high … Came one dig shy of Arizona’s 11th 30-dig match in school history with 29 digs at SMU (8/28) … Set a career-high with seven blocks vs. Cal State Northridge (9/5), one of her two five-plus-block matches … Second on the team with 22 double-figure-dig matches … Posted double-doubles in each of Arizona’s final five matches and 10 of the final 11.

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


AVCA All-America (Honorable Mention)

AVCA All-Region (First Team)


Preseason All-Pac-12

Arizona Invitational all-tournament team

Blackbird Invitational all-tournament team

Wildcat Classic all-tournament team


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)