Sept. 16, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Redshirt freshman middle blocker Faye Adelaja was named Big Ten Defensive Player and Co-Freshman of the Week for her efforts at the USF Invitational last weekend.
Adelaja was a force at the net for the Boilers, racking up 23 blocks (2.09 per set) on the weekend as Purdue limited opponents to a .098 hitting effort. Against Pittsburgh, the Baton Rouge, La., native became the first Purdue player since Oct. 23, 2010 to post more than 10 blocks in a match, racking up 11 stuffs, including three solo efforts. Against USF, Adelaja managed a team-leading 9 stuffs as well as a team-best seven kills on a stellar .778 hitting percentage. On the weekend, she ended four sets, three with kills and one with a block.
Adelaja is the first Purdue player to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors since Ariel Turner did so on Oct. 15, 2012, and the first Boilermaker to be named Freshman of the Week since Annie Drews did so on Sept. 24, 2012.
The No. 22 Boilermakers play host to Syracuse, Northern Kentucky and Florida International at the Active Ankle Challenge on Belin Court this weekend.