Nov. 1, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior outside hitter Ariel Turner has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, after recording double-doubles in a pair of wins for No. 11 Purdue last week.
In the Boilermakers first match against then-No. 22 Michigan, Turner had 25 kills hitting .333 while adding 18 digs in the five-set win. She didn't slow down in the second match against Michigan State, this time nailing 28 kills for a .365 hitting percentage, and adding another 11 digs. For the week, the Colorado native averaged 5.9 kills and 3.2 digs per set and hit a weekly average of .349.
Turner also garnered her third Big Ten Player of the Week honor this week for her efforts. The junior, who ranks fifth nationally in kills and points per set, also received the conference honor on Oct. 3 and 10.
The national honor marks the second time an athlete from Purdue has received the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week award, with the first one coming the week of November 20, 2006 when Stephanie Lynch garnered the accolade. Turner is the first Big Ten Player to be so honored this season.
The Boilermakers (20-3, 9-3 Big Ten), which are off to their best start since 2005, return to action at 8 p.m. Wednesday when they take on No. 5 Illinois live on the Big Ten Network.