WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As part of our countdown to the season, we will give you the inside scoop on one of our 16 players. With 13 days left until the home opener, we introduce redshirt sophomore Faye Adelaja, a 6-1 middle blocker from Baton Rouge, La.
Adelaja came into Purdue as one of prepvolleyball.com's 250 Senior Aces and a two-time all-state selection. After redshirting her true freshman year in 2012, Faye made an impact at the net in 2013. She racked up 1.11 blocks per set and put up 127 block assists, ranking ninth on the Purdue season Top 10 list. She earned Big Ten Defensive Player and Co-Freshman of the Week honors once and started all 35 matches.
The Academic All-Big Ten selection led the team in blocks 15 times, including the NCAA Second Round, Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matches. Adelaja racked up 11 blocks against Pittsburgh, the most for a Purdue player since 2010. She also chipped in 1.34 kills per set and hit .250 or better in 22 matches.
Let's get to know Faye a little bit better.
Sweet or Salty: Sweet
Chocolate or Vanilla:Vanilla
Dogs or Cats:Cats
Vacation - At the beach or in the mountains: Beach
Coolest place I've ever been:London, England
Person I look up to the most: My mom
Best feeling - stuff block or big kill: Stuff block
Best feeling - service ace or big diving save: Big diving save
Three words that describe me:Sarcastic, witty & honest
One more to describe my game: Intense
Team I am most excited to play in 2014: Penn State
My most memorable sports moment: Nebraska home match 2013
Celebrity crush: Kevin Durant
Dream job: Chief resident at a hospital
Song I have to listen to before a game: Never Bloom Again by The Perishers
Favorite sweet treat: Haribo gummi bears
Favorite ice cream flavor: Caramel Cookie Crunch
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite sports besides volleyball: Basketball and football
Favorite sports team: New Orleans Saints
Favorite athlete:Drew Brees
Favorite TV Shows: Law & Order SVU, Sons of Anarchy & House of Cards
FavoriteMovies: The Avengers, The Dark Knight, Remember the Titans
Favorite Book: The Golden Compass
Favorite Musical Artists: Hans Zimmer
Favorite Type of Pizza: Beef and pineapple