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Arizona's Snuka wins Pac-12 Setter of the Year

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior setter Penina Snuka has been named Pac-12 Setter of the Year, becoming the first player in school history to receive the distinction, the conference announced on Monday. Snuka and Kalei Mau were named first-team All-Pac-12 while Laura Larson was named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year.
 
Snuka led the conference in total assists for the second straight year, totaling 1,307 assists during the regular season, helping her surpass the 5,000 career assist mark, just the second player in Arizona history, and 13th in the conference, to do so. Snuka averaged 10.71 assists and 3.00 digs per set while leading the team in service aces (31) this year. The senior has 20 double-doubles this year, second in the Pac-12.
 
Snuka becomes the first player in Arizona history to earn Pac-12 Setter of the Year, though setter Dana Burkholder was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2000. Snuka and Burkholder are the only two Wildcats with 5,000 career assists.
 
Additionally, the senior was named All-Pac-12 for the third consecutive season after being named Pac-12 All-Freshman in 2013. Snuka is second in Arizona history in both career assists (5,086) and career digs (1,575). Snuka will leave Arizona as the all-time leader in sets played (currently 478).
 
Mau earned her second consecutive All-Pac-12 selection after finishing second in the conference in kills/set (4.03). Mau, who battled injury all year, enjoyed a late-season surge to become one of the most effective hitters in the conference. Mau is currently sixth in Arizona history in career kills per set (3.62) and sixth in 20-plus-kill career matches (14).
 
Larson was named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year for her combined proficiency in the classroom as well as the court. The senior has a 3.968 GPA while majoring in molecular and cellular biology with optional minors in biochemistry and sports management.
 
Larson, who has played in every match in Arizona career, a school record 133, has received a perfect 4.0 GPA in five of her six semesters at Arizona and has had the highest GPA on the team since her arrival in the summer of 2013. Larson has totaled 1,195 digs in her career, seventh most in Arizona history. Her 472 digs this year are currently third in a season in UA history.
 
Washington's Courtney Schwan was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, Kathryn Plummer of Stanford was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, UCLA's Taylor Formico was named Pac-12 Libero of the Year and Jen Greeny of Washington State was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.  
 
Up Next: Arizona opens the NCAA Tournament against Cleveland State on Friday, Dec. 2 in East Lansing, Michigan.

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