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Hiapo Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

Feb 8, 2021

Pac-12 Release

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona volleyball sophomore libero Kamaile Hiapo has been named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Hiapo is receiving the award for the first time in her career, but this marks the the third time in the last six weeks (dating back to last season) that Hiapo has received weekly conference recognition after she received two of the final three Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors in 2019. 

The UA libero averaged a team-most 4.00 digs/set in Arizona's weekend sweep of No. 7 Stanford, posting double-digit digs in both matches, including a season-best 17 digs in Sunday's four-set win.

Hiapo's back-row defense was a key component of the Wildcats' impressive defensive effort, which saw UA hold the defending national champions to just 10.57 kills per set on .124 hitting across the two matches. 

For the season, Hiapo is averaging 3.24 digs/set; she has three aces and 22 assists in six matches as well.

This marks the second consecutive week that a Wildcat has been the recipient of a Pac-12 award after Sofia Maldonado Diaz was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week last week.

Over the weekend, the Wildcats picked up their first sweep of Stanford since 2005, and handed the Cardinal its first two-loss weekend since Sept. 7-8, 2013. The Wildcats improved to 2-4 (2-4 Pac-12) this season with the weekend sweep. UA, which is receiving votes in this week's AVCA Top 25, will face Oregon on Friday and Sunday in Eugene this weekend.