Sam Epenesa
Sam  Epenesa


Glen Carbon, Ill.

High School:




Volleyball Kicks Off 2015 at Home

Annual Mortar Board Premier brings VCU, Austin Peay, Ohio to Belin Court


No. 7 Volleyball 5-0 After Sweep of Elon

Boilers pull out three come-from-behind set wins in victory.


Meet The Team: Junior Sam Epenesa

The outside hitter dreams of being a travel agent, calls her game efficient and looks up to her mom.


Tales From Europe: Day 7

Sam Epenesa writes about taking in the small town of Maribor, a match vs. Austria and more.


Social Media Night: Friday vs. No. 4 Nebraska

All the pertinent details to get yourself involved in the game, BTN broadcast.


Purdue Volleyball vs. Rutgers

Senior Night for Val Nichol & KiKi Jones (photos by Charles Jischke)


Volleyball vs. Indiana

Volleyball match featuring Purdue versus Indiana on October 8, 2014.

2014: Saw action in all 32 matches, starting 20 ... averaged 2.43 kills per set, second most on the team, while hitting at a .217 clip and adding 1.10 digs and 0.54 blocks per set ... registered first career double-double with 10-kill, 10-dig effort vs. Michigan ... put down double-digit kills in 13 matches, including career best 17 vs. No. 7 Penn State ... led team in kills five times ... recorded season best five stuffs against No. 22 Ohio State ... hit at a .250 or better clip in 16 matches, including .300-plus 12 times and .400 or better five times ... KSU Owl Invitational MVP.

2013: Saw action in all 35 matches, starting 23 ... averaged 2.30 kills per set, third most on the team ... posted double-digit kills eight times, while leading the team six times ... tallied 267 kills, including career-best 16 vs. #5 Penn State ... served up 11 aces, including a career high five vs. Alabama A&M ... hit .250 or better in nine matches, including .300 or better seven times ... put up 51 blocks, including career-high five at No. 17 Michigan ... pulled up 96 digs, including career best seven vs. #10 Minnesota and #15 Wisconsin.

2012: Saw action in 12 matches, earning the start against George Washington ... posted season-best eight kills on 15 swings against GWU, for a season-best .533 hitting effort ... tallied season-best four digs at Cincinnati ... led team in kills against GWU in her collegiate debut ... added six blocks, including two each against Pittsburgh and at Cincinnati.

High School: Named as second team AVCA/Under Armour High School All-American for 2011-12 ... ranked No. 33 among prepvolleyball.com's Top 250 Senior Aces ... a Fab 50 selection by Volleyball Magazine ... garnered Large School Volleyball Player of the Year honors from the Alton Telegraph each of her last three seasons ... earned All-Metro Volleyball Player of the Year honors from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2011 after leading team with 346 kills and 66 aces and ranking third in digs (249) ... tabbed as a PrepVolleyball All-American while also earning first team all-state, all-Southwestern Conference and first team Post-Dispatch acclaim as a junior, after tallying a school record 406 kills ... a Champaign News Gazette second team all-state selection as a sophomore, while also earning first team all-conference, team MVP and PrepVolleyball Soph79 accolades ... set school record for career kills (1,250) and ranks second in career aces (184) and third in career block assists (151) ... led team to four Southwestern Conference, four regional and three sectional titles as well as a third-place state finish in 2010 ... played volleyball and softball as a freshman ... played club volleyball for the High Performance STL Gold team.

Personal: Given name is Samantha Marie Arasi Epenesa ... born Nov. 11, 1993 ... parents are Epenesa and Stephanie Epenesa. Father played football at Iowa and mother played volleyball at Iowa Wesleyan ... has three brothers, Andrew, Eric and Iosefatu.


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