Aug. 29, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Rookie middle blocker Kierra "KiKi" Jones made quite a splash her first weekend as a collegiate volleyball player, nabbing Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades to go with her Mortar Board Premier MVP title.
Jones garnered led the Boilermakers with a .581 hitting effort, including 2.33 kills per set, and 1.44 blocks per set as Purdue went 3-0 en route to the home tournament title. The rookie hit better than .400 in each match, including an .818 effort against College of Charleston in the tournament finale, marking the second best hitting effort ever by a Purdue player in a three-set match. She also added nine blocks in the contest with the Cougars, including eight block assists which rank sixth on Purdue's three-set match records list. Jones started all three matches for the Boilermakers. She posted two set-ending kills against Virginia Commonwealth, while accounting for four kills and four blocks in Purdue's 26-24 first set win over CofC.
The freshman of the week honor is the first for a Purdue player since Anna Drewry was so honored on Nov. 23, 2009. Purdue garnered five rookie accolades that season.
The No. 13 Boilermakers (3-0) return to action at 7 p.m. Friday, when they take on Air Force at the Denver Invitational.