Shelby Dalton will play with the U.S. Women's National A2 Team this summer.
May 22, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Ute outside hitter Shelby Dalton will represent the University of Utah volleyball program as a member of the U.S. Women's National A2 Team this summer.
"This is a huge opportunity for Shelby to train and play with and against 48 of the top volleyball players in the country," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "I had the chance to coach the A2 team in 2010 and saw great improvement in the players through the 10-day experience. This will be invaluable for Shelby heading into her sophomore season in the Pac-12 and it will also be an honor for her to represent the USA. She will represent the University of Utah Volleyball program well."
The team will begin training on June 26 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. Matches will be held June 30 to July 4 during the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Dalton, a Moab, Utah native, was effective on both the attack and block during her freshman campaign as a Ute in 2011. Dalton averaged 1.07 blocks per set in 22 league matches last season. In the overall stats, she finished third on the squad with a .213 hitting percentage on the attack with 1.77 kills per set as well as 0.91 blocks. She posted four career double-digit-kill games during first season with Utes.
Last season, Dalton set a new career high with 11 kills against No. 7 California on Nov. 13 and also had seven blocks against the Golden Bears.
Dalton also had 10 kills on 28 attempts with three errors in five-set victory at No. 16 Oregon on Oct. 28. In the first game against No. 15 Oregon on Sept. 24, Dalton registered eight blocks and her previous season-high was one.
In non-conference action, Dalton had six kills without an error on eight swings for a .750 hitting percentage against Boston College on Sept. 3.