As the Arizona volleyball team prepares to leave for Lincoln, Nebraska and the NCAA Tournament, they’re celebrating the all-conference honors earned by three Wildcats.
Outside hitter Kendra Dahlke has garnered attention all season for play worthy of All-American consideration. On Tuesday, she received her first season recognition when she was selected to the All-Pac-12 team. Teammates Julia Patterson and Devyn Cross were selected as honorable mentions.
Dahlke leads the Pac-12 in kills per set with 4.82. That mark is good enough for fifth in the nation, and is second among major conference players. If she ends the season on top of the conference, Dahlke would be the first Wildcat to do so since 2005, when Kim Glass set the pace in the Pac-10. She is also second in the conference in points per set (5.16).
Dahlke did well in counting stats, as well, even though she missed six matches this season with injury. She ranks third in the Pac-12 with 16 double-doubles and had 477 total kills, which is also the third-best mark in the conference this season. Her kills total is currently 12 short of the tenth-best season in school history.
Junior setter Patterson leads the conference in double-doubles this season with a total of 19. She is second in the Pac-12 in total assists with 1,316 and fourth in the conference in assists per set (10.79). Her total assists place her 14th in the nation.
Cross, a junior middle blocker, has been both effective and efficient on the attack. She has 221 kills on the season while hitting .370. That’s the third-best percentage over the course of the entire season. Facing the increased competition in Pac-12 play, she hit .389—the second-best percentage during conference play.
Cross has been the team’s leading blocker for the third straight year despite being the shortest middle blocker on the roster and one of the smaller middle blockers in the conference. She has a total of 111 blocks, including 16 solo and 95 assisted. Her 1.06 blocks per set are good for 16th in the conference.
Soccer’s Jada Talley makes All-Region Team
Arizona forward Jada Talley was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region Third Team on Tuesday, making her one of the top 42 players in the West.
The sophomore had a breakout season for the Wildcats, leading the team with seven goals. Talley also took 64 shots, tied with redshirt sophomore Jill Aguilera for the team lead.
It was a significant uptick from Talley’s freshman season, when she scored two goals.
The Corona, California native played in 20 Arizona’s 21 games, starting in 19 of them. She missed the game with Oregon State due to a concussion.
Talley is most known for her speed, but she displayed better ball skills this season, including this banger of a goal against Colorado:
Jada Talley with a remarkable run and finish for her sixth goal of the season! pic.twitter.com/vJ4XzRjwbC— Arizona Soccer (@ArizonaSoccer) September 30, 2018
Arizona returns all but two starters next season as they hope to improve on a 13-6-2 season that ended in the Round of 32 against Tennessee.