News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Boilermakers hit the road to play No. 7 Ohio State, No. 5 Penn State
Boilermakers move to 2-0 in the Big Ten with win
Boilermaker alumna has started all four matches for Team USA thus far.
In a recent study, Lafayette/West Lafayette, Ind., is ranked third out of 100 cities for raw cognitive performance.
2011: First Team All-America selection ... Second Team Academic All-America honoree ... Big Ten Player of the Year ... AVCA National Player of the Week, Nov. 1 ... five-time Big Ten Player of the Week (10/3, 10/11, 10/31, 11/7, 11/28) ... CoSIDA Academic All-District V first team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... ranked in the top six nationally in kills per set (6th, 4.84) and points per set (3rd, 5.46), leading the Big Ten in both categories ... averaged team-best 4.84 kills per set, ranking second on Purdue season list, while adding 2.84 digs per set, second most on the team ... set season record for hitting attempts with 1682, snapping Colleen DeMeyer's 1979 mark of 1512 ... registered 17 double-doubles, combining kills and digs each time ... made good on 92 percent of 175 reception attempts ... posted double-digit kills in 32 matches, including 20 or more on nine occasions ... led team in kills 32 times, digs three times (against Bryant, No. 22 Michigan and No. 21 Florida State) and blocks twice (against Baylor and Bryant) ... put up double-digit digs 17 times and five or more blocks three times ... tallied 1000th career kill on Oct. 7 and 500th career dig on Oct. 14 ... hit at a .200 or better clip in 24 matches, including .250 or better 15 times, .300 or better 11 times and .400 or better twice ... took a Purdue four-game record 81 swings against No. 5 Illinois, a tally which ranks fourth on Purdue's individual match record list ... ranked second in season kills (586) ... ranks third in career hitting attempts with 3956 and 10th in career kills with 1351 ... Preseason All-Big Ten selection ... named to all-tournament team at Mortar Board Premier, Denver Invitational, Active Ankle Challenge and Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
2010: Academic All-Big Ten ... saw action in 34 matches, starting 29 ... posted a team-leading 3.73 kills per set, ranking fourth among Big Ten players, while registering 4.21 points per set, fifth-most among league players ... ranked ninth in the conference in points per set (4.09) ... posted double-digit kills 28 times, including 20 or more on six occasions ... led the team in kills 24 times and in blocks three times ... posted a hitting percentage of .300 or better 10 times ... tallied five double-doubles, combining kills and digs each time ... managed double-digit digs six times, including a career-high 19 against No. 4 Penn State ... put up a career-best 24 kills twice, at Indiana and at Northwestern ... took 85 swings at Northwestern, the most for a Purdue player since 2007 ... named MVP of the Active Ankle Challenge and to the all-tournament team at the Mortar Board Premier and the Big East/Big Ten Challenge.
2009: Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on two occasions...Dean's List honoree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better...Athletic Director's honor roll member...saw action in all 31 matches, starting in 14 of them...posted 287 kills for the season...had 10 or more kills 19 matches... led the team in kills six times...ranked second on the team in kills per set in both overall and conference matches...hit .300 or better in eight matches, including a .400 or better four times.
High School: Ranked No. 17 on PrepVolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces and among Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 players ... garnered first team all-state, all-Colorado team and first team all-Continental League honors each of her final two seasons ... led Mountain View to an undefeated league championship, district title and state qualification under coaches Kevin Cary and Katie Price as a senior ... helped team to a fifth-place state finish and its second consecutive district title her junior year as she boasted the best attacking average in the state of Colorado with 4.68 kills per game ... named to PrepVolleyball.com's Underclassmen to Watch list early in her career ... played club volleyball for the Colorado Juniors, earning AAU All-American honors after leading team to a third place finish at the AAU National Champions in 2007 ... earned the Soaring Eagle Award for Excellence in Athletics and Academics as a senior ... a two-year National Honor Society member.
Personal: Given name is Ariel Mae Turner ... born August 1, 1991 ... parents are Carol Gebhardt and Allan Turner ... has two sisters, Kendall and Carinne ... plans on majoring in engineering.