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Sofia Maldonado Diaz Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

Feb 2, 2021

Pac-12 Release

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona freshman outside hitter Sofia Maldonado Diaz has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Maldonado Diaz had a breakout weekend in her first career matches at McKale Center, averaging 5.00 kills/set on .356 hitting in two matches vs. one of the best defensive teams in the country, No. 11 Washington.

Her performance on Saturday was historic, not just for a freshman, but for any outside hitter in Arizona history. On Saturday, Maldonado Diaz had 25 kills on just 41 swings, hitting an amazing .439. She added 11 digs, three blocks and an ace in the match. Her 25 kills were the most by an Arizona freshman since Tiffany Owens' 25 kills vs. Arizona State (Nov. 7, 2007). She was the first Arizona outside hitter to record 25-or-more kills on .400 hitting since Owens' 32 kills on at .426 hitting percentage as a senior at Oregon State on Oct. 8, 2010. She also became the first Wildcat freshman to have a 20-plus-kill double-double since Madi Kingdon in 2011.

For the season, Maldonado Diaz leads Arizona with 50 kills on .274 hitting. She is averaging 0.50 blocks and 1.43 digs per set over her first two collegiate weeks. 

Her honor is the first weekly conference award for the Wildcats this season. Dating back to last year, Arizona now has earned three of the last five Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors after Kamaile Hiapo earned the distinction two of the final three weeks of 2019.

Maldonado Diaz and the Wildcats are back in action this week in two matches vs. No. 7 Stanford at McKale Center. The Cats and Cardinal face off Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. MST. Be sure to follow the Wildcats on Twitter and Instagram and check for all the latest news and updates on the team.