Nov. 7, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Redshirt freshman Faye Adelaja was honored for her work in the classroom with CoSIDA Academic All-District V accolades on Thursday. The Boilermakers have had at least one all-district honoree every year since 2003 and boast seven Academic All-Americans.
Adelaja, a 4.00 student majoring in movement and sport sciences, has put up 1.12 blocks per set, ranking seventh among Big Ten players, and chipped in 1.41 kills per set as a redshirt freshman in 2013. The Baton Rouge, La., native was named Big Ten Defensive Player and Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 16 for her efforts at the USF Invitational, which included 11 blocks vs. Pittsburgh, the most by a Purdue player since 2010. The middle blocker has led the team in blocks nine times and posted five or more stuffs on eight occasions. Offensively, Adelaja has added 124 kills, including a career-best 10 against No. 10 Minnesota. She has hit .250 or better 14 times, including a .400 or better effort nine times. Her .667 effort (10 kills, no errors in 15 swings) against the Gophers is the best with 15-19 attempts in a five-set match in Purdue history.
Adelaja is now eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced later this month.
In 2012, Ariel Turner and Rachel Davis earned first and second team all-district honors respectively and Turner went on to garner Academic All-America first team accolades and was named as the Division I Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year.
The 14th-ranked Boilermakers (16-7, 7-5 Big Ten) kick off a four-match road swing Friday night in University Park, Pa., where they will face No. 2 Penn State.