Nov. 8, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior outside hitter Ariel Turner and redshirt junior setter Rachel Davis were honored for their work in the classroom with Academic All-District V honors on Thursday. Turner was named to the first team for the second straight year, making her eligible for Academic All-America honors, while Davis received second team accolades.
Turner, who garnered second team Academic All-America acclaim in 2012, and Davis, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, were two of just 13 players that garnered District V honors.
Turner paces the Boilermaker offense with 4.22 kills per set, while also adding 2.70 digs and 0.71 blocks per set and 22 aces. A finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, the Highlands Ranch, Colo., native has led the team in kills 21 times in 2012 and digs five times, while posting 19 double-digit kill efforts and 12 double-doubles. She ranks 23rd nationally in points per set (4.91) and 34th in kills per set (4.22). Turner ranks second in the Big Ten in points per set and third in kills per set. In conference play, she leads the league with 4.39 kills per set and ranks second in points per set with 5.02. Turner was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 1 and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 15. The senior currently ranks second in career kills (1,731) and career hitting attempts (5,091). The mechanical engineering major was an AVCA first team All-America honoree on the court in 2011, in addition to her Academic All-America and Big Ten Player of the Year accolades.
Davis has dished out 8.78 assists per set in 2012, while also aiding the defense with 2.16 digs per set. Davis has posted double-digit assist tallies in all 25 of the team's matches, while also adding double-digit dig totals in nine contests. She led the team in digs with 16 against UAB and in blocks against No. 4 Nebraska. In conference play, the Kalamazoo, Mich., native ranks ninth with 9.96 assists per set. She has guided the team hitting percentages of .250 or better in 11 matches, including seven of .300 or better efforts. The elementary education major is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was named AVCA National Player of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week once in 2011.
Purdue has had at least one Academic All-District V selection every year since 2004 and now boasts 30 program honors. Turner is one of six Boilermakers to receive at least two All-District honors in her career.
With the first team selection, Turner will be placed on the Capital One Academic All-America ballot. Academic All-America honors will be announced later in the month.
A full listing of the Academic All-District selection can be found here.