Stanford's Ajanaku among Honda finalists for volleyball


Stanford middle blocker Inky Ajanaku is among the four nominees for the Honda Sports Award for volleyball, joining Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini, Micha Hancock of Penn State and Washington's Krista Vansant.

The finalists were announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) on Wednesday.

Ajanaku is a junior from Tulsa, Okla., and a two-time AVCA first-team All-America selection. She helped the Cardinal earn the top-seed in the NCAA Tournament and will compete in the NCAA Championship semifinals on Thursday night.

She ranks fifth in the nation in hitting percentage (.438) and finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the Pac-12 in four different statistical categories. This season she was twice named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and earned both an Offensive Player of the Week and AVCA National Player of the Week nod.

The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2015 Honda Cup.

The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). All Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Honda Cup award presented in June.

The Honda Sports award winner for volleyball will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.

Five Honda Sports Awards winners for volleyball have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup- Megan Hodge (Penn State, 2010), Sarah Pavan (Nebraska, 2007), Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford, 2005), Misty May (Long Beach State, 1999) and Deitre Collins (Hawaii, 1983).

— Stanford Athletics

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