Dec. 14, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior outside hitter Ariel Turner was named as an AVCA first team All-America selection on Wednesday, capping a banner 2011 season which saw the Highlands Ranch, Colo., native pace the Boilermakers on their Sweet 16 run. Senior middle blocker Tiffany Fishergarnered honorable mention All-America acclaim.
Turner's first team accolade is the third in program history and puts her in elite company with Marianne Smith (1985) and Stephanie Lynch(2008). The honors for Turner and Fisher make them the ninth and 10th athletic All-America honorees in program history. The pair of honors mark the first time since 1984 and third overall that two Boilermaker players have been named All-America selections in the same season. [Also 1984 - Annette Bauer (HM) and Marianne Smith (2nd Team), and 1983 - Joan King (HM) and Annette Bauer (HM).]
Turner, the Big Ten Player of the Year and a first team all-Mideast Region selection racked up the accolades in 2011. She picked up AVCA National Player of the Week honors on Nov. 1 and garnered Big Ten Player of the Week accolades five times during the year, tied for the most by a single player in a season in conference history. Also an all-star in the classroom with CoSIDA Academic All-District V first team and Academic All-Big Ten honors, Turner ranked in the top six nationally in kills per set (6th, 4.84) and points per set (3rd, 5.46), leading the Big Ten in both categories. The junior averaged a team-best 4.84 kills per set, ranking second on Purdue season list, while adding 2.84 digs per set, second most on the team. She set the season record for hitting attempts with 1682, snapping Colleen DeMeyer's 1979 mark of 1512, while registering 17 double-doubles, combining kills and digs each time. The outside hitter also made good on 92 percent of her 175 reception attempts.
Turner posted double-digit kills in 32 matches, including 20 or more on nine occasions, and led the team in kills 32 times, digs three times (against Bryant, No. 22 Michigan and No. 21 Florida State) and blocks twice (against Baylor and Bryant). She put up double-digit digs 17 times and five or more blocks three times, while tallying her 1000th career kill on Oct. 7 and 500th career dig on Oct. 14. The junior hit at a .200 or better clip in 24 matches, including .250 or better 15 times, .300 or better 11 times and .400 or better twice. She took a Purdue four-game record 81 swings against No. 5 Illinois, a tally which ranks fourth on Purdue's individual match record list. The Preseason All-Big Ten selection ranked second in season kills (586) and owns spots on the career lists for hitting attempts (3rd with 3956) and kills (10th with 1351).
Fisher, a unanimous All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region selection ranked 10th nationally in hitting percentage, with a Big Ten and team-best .394 mark, while also leading the league with a .375 effort in conference play. The middle blocker averaged 2.52 kills per set, second most on the team, as well as 1.02 blocks per set, second most on the team and ninth in the Big Ten, in 33 starts. The Topeka, Ind., native also served up team-leading 31 aces, while posting double-digit kills in 12 matches. Fisher led the team in kills three times and hit .250 or better in 24 matches, .300 or better 23 times, .400 or better 19 times and .500 or better 10 times. She put up five or more blocks in 10 matches and led the team in blocks 10 times. The senior wraps up her career ranked ninth on Purdue career block assists list (322). In 2011, she also posted an .875 hitting effort vs. Air Force, ranking third on Purdue's individual match record list. The effort also marked best in a three-set match (15-19 attempts) in school history. Fisher also garnered Denver Invitational MVP honors and was named to Mortar Board Premier all-tournament team.
Turner will be recognized with the other first, second and third team All-America selections at the AVCA Student-Athlete Awards Banquet in San Antonio on Friday.
Turmer also is up for Capital One Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on Thursday. Six Boilermaker volleyball players have garnered Academic All-America acclaim in program history. Purdue's last double All-American (academic and athletic) was Annette Bauer, who garnered honorable mention All-America acclaim from Volleyball Monthly/ASICS Tiger as well as first team GTE Academic All-America honors.