Oct. 28, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior middle blocker KiKi Jones was the second Boilermaker volleyball player honored in as many weeks as she was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in Purdue's wins against Indiana and No. 17 Michigan. The honor follows classmate Val Nichol's Big Ten Player of the Week selection on Oct. 21.
Jones paced Purdue at the net with 1.57 blocks per set as Purdue held foes to just a .177 hitting percentage. She had a team-best four stuffs against Indiana and added four kills in the final stanza. Against Michigan, the Fishers, Ind., native posted a match-high seven stuffs, including four key blocks in the third set turnaround as Purdue came back from a seven-point deficit (16-9) to take a 22-20 lead en route to a 25-22 win. She added four kills and three stuffs in the final stanza of the upset win.
The honor is the first for Jones since garnering Big Ten Freshman and Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Nov. 7, 2011. She also earned Freshman and Defensive honors on Oct. 17, 2011, and Freshman of the Week accolades on Aug. 29, 2011.
Jones is the third Purdue player to be honored by the Big Ten in 2013, following Faye Adelaja's Freshman and Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 16 and Nichol's Player of the Week nod last week.
The No. 21 Boilermakers face off with No. 7 Minnesota and No. 16 Wisconsin this weekend on Belin Court.