Sam Epenesa
Sam  Epenesa


Glen Carbon, Ill.

High School:




Spring 2016 Graduates

81 Boilermakers earn undergraduate degree


Fourth-Annual Golden Pete Winners Announced

Hoevet, McClintock receive Big Ten Medal of Honor


Senior Salute

A look at the impact, careers of five volleyball players


No. 16 Volleyball Survives Fiesty Iowa

Boilermakers rally for five-set win over Hawkeyes


No. 18 Volleyball To Face Top 10 Foes

Boilermakers hit the road to play No. 7 Ohio State, No. 5 Penn State


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.

2015: Saw action in 29 matches, starting 23, acting as a six-rotation player the latter part of the season ... averaged 2.09 kills per set, third most on the team ... racked up 213 kills, including double-digit efforts in seven matches and team-leading tallies twice ... recorded her 700th career kill vs. No. 8 Nebraska ... pulled up 98 digs, including a career-best 11 digs vs. Northwestern ... just missed a double-double, posting 14 kills and nine digs vs. No. 18 Illinois ... also added nine digs at No. 12 Wisconsin ... made good on 92 percent of her 354 serve reception chances ... recorded 29 blocks, including season-high four at Maryland ... hit at a .250 or better clip in 12 matches, including .300 or better six times, .400 or better three times and a season-high .562 effort in the season opener vs. VCU ... named to the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic all-tournament team.

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.

Favorite things
Favorite sweet treat: chocolate everything!
Favorite ice cream flavor: caramel butter pecan swirl
Favorite holiday:Veterans Day
Favorite sport besides volleyball: Soccer
Favorite sports team: Manu Samoa
Favorite Athlete: Misty May
Favorite TV show: Supernatural
Favorite Movie: Any Disney Princess
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Musical Artist: Nykee Heaton
Favorite type of pizza: Spinach, garlic, sausage, chicken, with mozz and a little bbq over top
Favorite Actor: Chris Pratt
Favorite Food: Lumpia
Favorite place on campus: Dining Courts
Favorite city:Nua and Se'etaga
Favorite outdoor activity:Wiffle ball
Favorite animal/furry friend: Zena my pup
Favorite class at Purdue: Culinary
Favorite Purdue professor:Nelly Farmer


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