Valle, Dirrigl Earn AVCA All-Region Honors
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.– Razorback volleyball players Okiana Valle and Hailey Dirrigl earned all-region honors Tuesday afternoon, as announced by the AVCA. Valle was named to the AVCA All-South Region Team, while Dirrigl earned an honorable mention nod.
Arkansas now has at least one all-region performer in eight-consecutive seasons. Dirrigl and Valle are now eligible for AVCA All-America consideration.
The award is Valle’s second honor from the AVCA, with the libero being named All-South Region Freshman of the Year in 2015. The Barceloneta, Puerto Rico native is the first libero to earn all-region honors since 2013, and is the 13th Razorback to earn multiple AVCA honors.
Valle ended her career in cardinal and white with the second-most career digs in program history, recording 1,857 in 443 sets. Her 546 digs this season led the SEC and her 5.30 digs/set rank 28th in the NCAA. Valle’s 33 digs at Alabama in the season finale set a career-high for digs in a match and tied for second-most in program history.
She is just the fourth Razorback to reach at least 500 digs in a season and the first to do so since 2013. The senior is the only athlete in program history to average at least 5.0 digs per set in a season.
Dirrigl led the team with 321 kills this season, averaging 3.61 kills per set to come in at No. 7 in the SEC. The outside hitter has recorded 321 kills in both seasons on the court and registered a career-high 25 kills at Kansas in August.
The Phoenix, Ariz. native’s career-average of 3.13 kills per set are fifth in program history in the Rally to 25 era, and her 20 service aces this season are the second-most on the team. She recorded four double-doubles this season, tying Rachel Rippee to lead the Hogs.
This year’s SEC Scholar-Athlete, Dirrigl has the highest GPA on the team with a 3.91 as a biomedical engineering major.
BY Jordan Manning