Nov. 27, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Boilermakers were honored as the All-Big Ten teams were announced on Tuesday. Senior outside hitter Ariel Turner was named as a unanimous All-Big Ten selection, while redshirt junior libero Carly Cramer garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten acclaim and rookie right side hitter Annie Drews earned All-Freshman Team honors. Redshirt junior Rachel Davis was named as Purdue's Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Turner and Cramer boost Purdue's All-Big Ten tally to 52. The Boilermakers have had at least on All-Big Ten honoree every year since 2003.
Drews is the most recent of Purdue's All-Big Ten Freshman Team honorees, joining eight others. The Boilermakers have had a freshman team honoree each of the last four years.
Turner, this week's reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, picked up unanimous All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season after averaging 4.43 kills per set and 5.10 points per set, ranking first and second in the league respectively. The tallies also rank her 16th and 14th nationally. In Big Ten play, Turner led the league with 4.64 kills per set and 5.26 points per set. The Senior CLASS Award finalist has led the Boilermakers in kills 27 times, while posting 25 double-digit efforts. She also has added 2.75 digs per set, including 17 double-digit performances and six team-leading efforts. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native has tallied 15 kills/digs double doubles and put up 68 blocks, including five or more four times and three team-leading efforts. She has served up 27 aces, including a career-best seven at Cincinnati, a tally which ranks tied for fourth in Purdue history and tied for third in a four-set match. In addition, Turner has made good on 94 percent of her 318 serve reception chances. The senior needs just three digs to join the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club, becoming the seventh Boilermaker ever to do so. Turner garnered Preseason All-Big Ten acclaim and was named Big Ten Player of the Week Oct. 1 and Nov. 26 and Defensive Player of the Week, Oct. 15.
Cramer garnered Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors after averaging a team-best 4.21 digs per set and serving up a team-high 33 aces. She ranks fourth in the Big Ten in both overall and conference play digs per set (4.15). The redshirt junior has tallied double-digit digs 27 times, including 20 or more seven times, while leading the Boilers on 24 occasions. She recorded her 1,000th career dig vs. Michigan, Sept. 22, becoming the 15th Boilermaker to achieve the feat, and went on to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts. The Martinsville, Ind., native posted her first career double-double with a 12 assist, 21-dig effort vs. Jacksonville State and also managed a double-double with 11 assists and 20 digs at No. 9 Nebraska. Cramer pulled up career-high tying 30 digs against Rice, Aug. 31, marking her second career 30-dig effort. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree also has dished out 114 assists (1.02 per set) and made good on 97 percent of her serve reception chance. Cramer ranks eighth in career digs 1,264.
Drews earned All-Freshman Team honors after averaging 2.15 kills per set, third most on the team, while hitting .302 and adding 0.55 blocks per set. She has posted double-digit kills nine teams, including a career-best 18 vs. No. 2 Penn State. The Elkhart, Ind., native has led the team in blocks twice, while posting five or more stuffs three times. The freshman has hit .250 or better 14 times, including .300 or better 13 times and .400 or better six times. She put down five kills on a .714 hitting percentage and added three blocks in collegiate debut vs. George Washington. Drews also has added 38 digs and 46 blocks, dished out two assists and made good on both of her serve reception chances. Drews was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 24.
Davis was named as the team's Sportsmanship Award honoree. She has dished out 9.21 assists per set, pulled up 2.31 digs per set and helped the team to a .246 hitting percentage. The Academic All-District V selection has led team in digs twice, vs. UAB and at No. 9 Nebraska. She has posted double-digit assists in all 31 matches and added double-digit dig tallies 11 times, rounding out double-doubles. Davis managed a career-high tying 21 digs and six kills at No. 9 Nebraska and also led team in blocks vs. No. 4 Nebraska. She has served up five aces, including two against No. 12 Washington, and put up career-best five blocks at Indiana. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native surpassed the 2,000-assist milestone in 2012 and has directed team to a hitting percentage of .250 or better in 15 matches, including .300 or better nine times. Davis ranks ninth in conference play with 10.29 assists per set.
The No. 22 Boilermakers continue their 2012 season when they take on Colorado State in the NCAA First Round in Tallahassee, Fla., at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Live video, radio and stats will be available for the match free of charge.
ALL-BIG TEN* Liz McMahon, So., OPP, ILL Jennifer Cross, Jr., MB, MICH Lexi Erwin, Jr., OH, MICH LAUREN WICINSKI, JR., OH, MSU TORI DIXON, JR., MB, MINN KATHERINE HARMS, SR., OPP, MINN Lauren Cook, Sr., S, NEB GINA MANCUSO, SR., OH, NEB Hannah Werth, Sr., OH, NEB Stephanie Holthus, Jr., OH, NU MARI HOLE, SR., OH, OSU DEJA McCLENDON, JR., OH, PSU Micha Hancock, So., S, PSU Katie Slay, Jr., MH, PSU ARIEL SCOTT, Jr., OH, PSU Ariel Turner, Sr., OH, PUR
Honorable Mention Jocelynn Birks, Fr., OH, ILL Jordan Haverly, Jr., OH, IND Kori Moster, So., LIB, MSU Ashley Wittman, Jr., OH, MINN Emily Danks, Sr., RS, OSU Kaitlyn Leary, Jr., OH, OSU Carly Cramer, Jr., LIB, PUR
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM JOCELYNN BIRKS, OH, ILL TIFFANY MORALES, LIB, MICH Halle Peterson, S, MSU DALY SANTANA, OH, MINN MEGHAN HAGGERTY, MB, NEB MEGAN COURTNEY, OH, PSU Annie Drews, OPP, PUR
* Additional honorees due to a tie Unanimous selections in CAPS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ariel Scott, PSU
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Kori Moster, MSU
SETTER OF THE YEAR Micha Hancock, PSU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Megan Courtney, PSU
COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES AND MEDIA) Russ Rose, PSU
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES Jessica Jendryk, ILL Samantha Thrower, IND Allison Straumann, IOWA Claire McElheny, MICH Kristen Kelsay, MSU Mia Tabberson, MINN Allison McNeal, NEB Madalyn Shalter, NU Alyssa Winner, OSU Kristen Carpenter, PSU Rachel Davis, PUR Julie Mikaelsen, WIS