Shelby Dalton earned a spot on the AVCA South Pacific Region's First Team.
Dec. 10, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton of the University of Utah volleyball team was named to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region First Team, while senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon earned Honorable Mention status.
"I am so proud and happy for Shelby and Erin," Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "This is a big honor and both are very deserving. It's been awhile since we've had an AVCA all-region selection. This year's team success in making it to the NCAA second round plays a large part in this recognition for these two players."
Dalton led the team with 2.62 kills per set this season, finished second on the squad with a .276 hitting percentage (minimum five attack attempts per match). She was third on the team, 12th in the Pac-12 and 128th in the NCAA with 1.10 blocks per set in addition to earning a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team.
Dalton had 20 double-digit-kill performances (28 career), including Utah's six of Utah's last eight matches and was also named to the all-tournament teams at the Utah Classic and North Texas Invitational.
The Moab, Utah native hit a career-high 19 kills and tied season-high with six blocks in the season opener against Utah State (8/30). She had a season-high seven blocks at Utah Valley (9/14) and 18 kills to go with six blocks against BYU (9/17). She registered 13 kills and six blocks at California (10/13) and tied her season high with seven blocks at Oregon State (10/18).
Dalton tied career high for the second time with 19 kills on a .468 hitting percentage against Arizona State (10/24). She hit .333 for 10 kills (10-2-24) against No. 3 Washington (11/1) and tied career high with eight blocks against Cal (11/7). Dalton then hit .519 for 16 kills with just two errors on 27 swings to go with seven blocks in Utah's win at Arizona State (11/17). Dalton finished the regular season in impressive fashion by hitting .455 with 12 kills at UCLA (11/29) and then posted 10 kills to go with five blocks and four digs in first round of NCAA Tournament against Yale (12/6).
Redd-Brandon posted four double-doubles this season and seven for her career with 11 double-digit-kill performances and four contests with 10 or more blocks.
Redd-Brandon received Utah's first-ever weekly award from the Pac-12 as she was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and earned the award twice this season. She was first recognized on Sept. 2 after finishing the opening weekend of the season with a team-high 1.69 blocks per set, which included 22 block assists, to lead the Ute defense at the net on the way to a 3-0 record and a Utah Classic title
Redd-Brandon earned second Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award on Oct. 28 after leading an impressive Utah block last weekend to help the Utes claim their first-ever Pac-12 weekend sweep with victories over Arizona State and No. 25 Arizona. She averaged 2.00 blocks per set in the wins hit .327 on the weekend and averaged 2.67 kills and 0.56 service aces per set. She posted 15 kills with a .323 hitting percentage and 10 blocks against Arizona State (10/24) and recorded eight blocks, served a career-high four aces, including back-to-back aces that keyed a critical Ute run late in the third set, and hit .333 with nine kills against No. 25 Arizona (10/27).
In NCAA Tournament play, Redd-Brandon totaled 12 kills on 21 swings with only one error for a .524 hitting percentage to go with three blocks in the second round at Penn State (12/7). She posted nine kills with just one attack error on 14 attempts for a .571 hitting percentage in first round of NCAA Tournament against Yale (12/6) and also chipped in five blocks and three digs.
Dalton and Redd-Brandon are the first Utes to earn all-region recognition since Karolina Bartkowiak gained honorable mention in both 2009 and 2010. Dalton's first-team accolades were the first for Utah since Lori Baird and Emillie Toone in 2008.
Utah finished the season 21-13 overall and tied for seventh in the Pac-12 with a 9-11 mark in league matches. The Utes reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the program's first postseason appearance since 2008.