Shelby Dalton and head coach Beth Launiere will represent the Utes on the Pac-12 All-Star Team that will play in China this summer.
April 18, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Outside hitter Shelby Dalton and coach Beth Launiere will represent the University of Utah on the Pac-12 Conference's all-star women's volleyball team that will play in China in June.
Dalton will play at outside hitter on the squad and Launiere will serve as an assistant coach. The team is made up of 12 student-athletes from 10 different Pac-12 institutions and will play at least six matches against Chinese professional club teams over two weeks in Beijing and Shanghai.
"The cultural and competitive opportunity these players will experience can't be valued," Launiere said. "From a volleyball perspective, the competition both from our opponents and within the Pac-12 All-Star Team will be strong. Shelby will get to play volleyball at an extremely high level for 13 days during the summer."
In addition to the matches, the student-athletes and coaches will get a chance to enjoy the culture of China, which will include sightseeing visits to the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and other attractions.
"I'm excited for Shelby and myself to get to visit some of the most historic places in the world," Launiere said. "It's a great opportunity for everyone involved."
Dalton was a member of the U.S. Women's National A2 Team last summer and earned Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-12 distinction last season. From her right-side hitter post, Dalton finished 10th in the Pac-12 with 1.14 blocks per set in league play and 1.06 blocks per set overall during her sophomore season. Offensively, Dalton averaged 1.78 kills per set with a .254 hitting percentage last season. The Moab, Utah native has 345 kills (1.78 kps) and 194 blocks (1.00 bps) through her first two seasons as a Ute and currently has a .237 career hitting percentage.
2013 Pac-12 Volleyball All-Star Team Roster
Name School Elig. Ht. Pos. Inky Ajanaku Stanford Fr. 6-3 (190 cm) MB Liz Brenner Oregon So. 6-1 (185 cm) OH Hayley Crone USC Jr. 5-9 (175 cm) S Shelby Dalton Utah So. 6-1 (185 cm) OH Kelcey Dunaway Washington Sr. 6-2 (188 cm) MB Macey Gardner Arizona State Fr. 6-0 (182 cm) OH Marcelina Glab Washington State Jr. 6-2 (188 cm) MH Natalie Hagglund USC Jr. 5-9 (175 cm) L Madi Kingdon Arizona So. 6-1 (185 cm) OH Arica Nassar Oregon State So. 6-1 (185 cm) OH/MB Lauren Plum Oregon Jr. 5-9 (175 cm) S Kelly Reeves UCLA Jr. 6-0 (182 cm) OH
Head Coach: Mick Haley, USC Assistant Coaches: Jen Greeny, Washington State; Beth Launiere, Utah