Purdue Volleyball vs. Illinois - October 20, 2006 (Photos by Richard Myers-Walls)
For the Record: Her .773 (18-1-22) hitting night on Oct. 20, 2006 vs. Illinois ranks fourth all-time for highest hitting percentage in one match.
2007: Academic All-Big Ten selection ... saw action in all 33 matches, starting 13 ... averaged 2.88 kills per game, third on the team ... recorded a season-high 17 kills on two occasions: at Indiana and vs. Michigan ... put down double-digit kills in 19 matches ... led team in kills six times... became the 18th Boilermaker in program history to eclipse 1,000 career kills at Duke ... tallied 82 digs, good for a 0.69 digs per game average ... pulled up a career-high 10 digs vs. East Carolina ... averaged 0.51 blocks per game, including a career-high tying six blocks vs. Utah.
2006: Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... Academic All Big Ten ... played in all 34 matches, starting 22 ... averaged 3.04 kills per game, totalling 365, good for second on the team ... posted double-digit kills 21 times, including a season-high 18 three times ... led the team in kills in five matches ... ranked third on the team with a .264 hitting percentage ... tallied a career high .773 hitting percentage (18-1-22) vs. Illinois (10/20) ... posted a .500 or better hitting percentage four times ... tied a career-high serving up three aces vs. Northern Iowa (8/25) ... posted at least five digs five times, tying a career-high with seven against Virginia Tech (8/26) and against Kentucky (12/1).
2005: Academic All-Big Ten ... played in 33 matches, starting 18 ... averaged 3.01 kills per game, second most on team, while boasting a .278 hitting percentage ... has led Purdue in kills on six occasions and aces three times ... put down double-digit kill tallies on 20 occasions, including a season-best 19 at Northwestern (11/4) ... posted career-best hitting percentage with a .684 effort (13 kills on 19 attempts) in the season-opener against Dayton (8/30) ... added 37 assists, including career-best four against Ohio State (11/12) ... served up 11 aces, including career-high three against Saint Louis (9/2) ... pulled up career-best seven digs at No. 17 Minnesota, and chalked up career-best six blocks against No. 8 Wisconsin (9/30) ... recorded five or more blocks twice ... recorded at least one block in all but four matches, averaging 0.63 blocks per game ... recorded 1,400th career attempt at No. 17 Minnesota ... pulled up 100th career dig against Northwestern (10/2) ... put down 600th career kill against No. 3 Washington in the Sweet 16 match
(12/9) ... named to Mortar Board Purdue Premier all-tournament team.
2004: Saw action in 30 of the team's 32 matches, starting 10 ... tallied 265 kills, averaging 2.60 per game ... posted double-digit kill tallies 11 times, including a season-best 18 against Northwestern in the regular-season finale ... led the team in kills twice, against No. 6 Penn State and Northwestern ... tallied 66 digs, 44 blocks, 20 assists and six aces ... recorded season-best five digs on three occasions ... recorded season-high four blocks four times ... handed out season-best two assists in five matches ... served up two aces against Tennessee-Martin ... season-best hitting night (.533) came against East Tennessee State ... tallied seven kills and two blocks in her first collegiate match against Butler.
High School: A four-year letterwinner in volleyball and basketball ... a three-time all-conference and Daily Herald all-area volleyball honoree ... named to the Champaign News-Gazette all-state team in 2003 ... named Player of the Year by the Courier News, first team all-area by The Northwest Herald as well as team MVP as a junior ... posted a school-record 512 kills and boosted her career record tally to 1,148 kills en route to all-conference and team MVP honors as a senior ... named Fox Valley Female Athlete of the Year by the Daily Herald and made the list of 20 Chicago Tribune Scholar Athletes ... earned honorable mention all-state honors from the Associated Press for basketball as a senior and Northwest Herald Player of the Year honors as a junior ... a four-time all-conference and all-area basketball honoree ... owns school's all-time scoring record with 1,655 points ... valedictorian of her graduating class ... earned Illinois State scholar and National Student-Athlete awards ... earned MVP honors at the Junior National Olympic Championships in the 17-club division as a member of Club Fusion.
Personal: Given name is Samantha Ashley Mader ... born June 22, 1986 ... parents are Tom and Rondi Mader ... has one brother, Corey ... grandfather Bob Mader played basketball at Wisconsin ... majoring in mechanical engineering ... nicknames are Sam and Sammi.