Stanford's Ajanaku wins national honor in volleyball


The awards continue to roll in for Stanford junior Inky Ajanaku, who was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the week, the association announced today.

The national honor comes a day after the middle blocker was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for a second consecutive time. Ajanaku averaged 1.00 blocks, 3.00 kills and 3.50 points per set, while hitting .442 in five-set wins over then-No. 1 Penn State and then-No. 9 Illinois. She was named the MVP of the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge.

A human biology major from Tulsa, Okla., Ajanaku posted 14 kills, including the 600th of her career, on a .385 attack percentage to go with four blocks and a dig against the Nittany Lions. She followed up against the Fighting Illini with a team-best 16 kills, one shy of her career high, on a .500 hitting percentage while tallying six blocks.

She now leads the Pac-12 and ranks 14th nationally with a .474 hitting percentage this season. She also ranks sixth in the conference with 1.25 blocks per set, eighth with 3.38 kills per set and ninth with 4.03 points per set.

This is the second AVCA National Player of the Week honor for Ajanaku, who also took home the award on Dec. 3, 2013. It marks the 17th time a Cardinal player has received the nod.

The Cardinal, which took over the top spot in the AVCA poll for the first time since 2012, hosts the Stanford Invitational at Maples Pavilion this weekend.

Stanford takes on No. 20 Duke on Friday (7 p.m.) to open the tournament. On Saturday, the Cardinal will play a doubleheader, hosting Penn at 11 a.m. and Santa Clara at 7 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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