Nov. 10, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker volleyball team will add players from Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana to its 2012 roster as Faye Adelaja (Baton Rouge, La.), Annie Drews (Elkhart, Ind.) and Sam Epenesa (Glen Carbon, Ill.) signed National Letters of Intent today.
Adelaja, a middle blocker from Parkview Baptist School, is an all-state and three-time all-district selection. She garnered Louisiana Volleyball Coaches' Association Division III all-state and academic all-state accolades as a junior, while also earning recognition as the All-Metro and All-District MVP for the second straight year and as a first team all-district selection. Adelaja was named to PrepVolleyball.com's Top 50 Juniors listing and earned High Honorable Mention All-America honors from the website. She also was picked by Volleyball Magazine as one of its Top 25 Underclassmen to Watch that season. One of PrepVolleyball's Top 250 Senior Aces, Adelaja also was named to the site's Soph79 after posting 341 kill, 82 ace and 64 blocks en route to The Advocate Small School Player of the Year honors, district and metro MVP accolades and first team all-district selection. A two-sport letterwinner as a freshman, she earned all-district honorable mention recognition for both basketball and volleyball. Adelaja played club volleyball for the Louisiana Volleyball 17 Elite team. The daughter of Francis and Gladys Adelaja, a national merit semifinalist, Faye plans to major in athletic training.
Drews, an outside hitter from Penn High School, is listed as the No. 29 player among PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces. She also is a Gatorade Player of the Year and Under Armour All-America nominee as a senior after picking up first team all-state and first team All-Northern Indiana Conference honors, while leading Penn to the 4A state title for the second straight year. Also a PrepVolleyball Top 50 Junior and Sophomore79 selection, Drews transferred to Penn from Elkhart Central following her sophomore season. At Elkhart, she led the team in kills each of her first two years and garnered first team All-NIC honors as a sophomore. The team's most offensive player helped the squad to a 24-8 mark, tying the school record for victories as a sophomore. Penn won the NIC title as well as section, regional semi-state and state each of her final two seasons. Drews played club volleyball for the Mizuno Gold and Circle City Gold. The daughter of Michael and Carrie Drews plans to major in hospitality and tourism management.
Epenesa, an outside hitter from Edwardsville High School, is listed as the No. 33 player among PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces. An Under Armor All-America candidate, she has garnered MVP honors at the Effingham and Quincy Notre Dame tournaments as a senior, while leading her team to the sectional title for the second straight year. As a junior, Epenesa garnered PrepVolleyball All-America honors, while also garnering first team all-state, first team all-Southwestern Conference and first team St. Louis Post Dispatch acclaim. One of PrepVolleyball's Top 50 Juniors, she also was named Alton Telegraph Player of the Year for the second straight season, while setting a school season record with 406 kills, to go with 68 aces, 264 digs and 42 blocks. A second team all-state selection by the Champaign News Gazette as a sophomore, Epenesa also was named to the first team all-Southwestern Conference squad. She posted 356 kills, 261 digs, 68 blocks and 43 aces en route to team MVP accolades and a spot on PrepVolleyball's Soph 79. Epenesa, who played softball and volleyball as a freshman and was named to the Frosh 59, plays club volleyball for the High Performance - STL Gold team. The daughter of Epenesa and Stephanie Epenesa plans to become a pediatrician.
The 2011 Boilermakers (22-3, 11-3 Big Ten), which are ranked 10th nationally and tied for second in the Big Ten, wrap up their home slate against Iowa (7 p.m. Thursday) and No. 2 Nebraska (7 p.m. Saturday).