Nov. 26, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior outside hitter Ariel Turner has been named Big Ten Player of the Week for the final weekend of the regular season. The honor is the 10th of Turner's storied Boilermaker career and third of the season, along with Oct. 1 Player of the Week and Oct. 15 Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Turner averaged 6.00 kills, 4.43 digs and 1.29 blocks per set, while also serving up four aces and hitting at a .373 clip as Purdue secured fifth place in the Big Ten with a pair of home wins. She put up her 14th and 15th double-doubles of the year, while tallying her 24th and 25th double-digit kill effort and 16th and 17th double-digit dig performances.
The senior kicked off her final home weekend with an 18-kill, 14 dig double-double, leading the team in both categories, while also adding a season-best six blocks and going a perfect 7-for-7 on serve receive chances against Indiana to help Purdue secure the Monon Spike traveling trophy. Against Wisconsin, she downed a match-high 24 kills and added 17 digs, four aces and three blocks on senior night. She had a block to end Set 1 and served up an ace to cap Set 3 against the Badgers.
Her dig tally moved her career total to 997, putting her just three away from becoming Purdue's seventh 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig performer.
The Player of the Week honor is the fifth for a Boilermaker this season. In addition to Turner's two previous 2012 accolades, redshirt junior Carly Cramer was named Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Annie Drews garnered the Freshman of the Week nod on Sept. 24.
Turner and the Boilermakers continue their 2012 season with a 4:30 p.m. Friday match against Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament first round. The match will take place in Tully Gym on the campus of Florida State University. The winner of the Purdue-Colorado State match will take on the winner of the match between ninth-seeded Florida State and Hofstra. The second round match will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.