Ajanaku honored as the nation's top volleyball player


The NCAA champion Stanford women's volleyball team had five players recognized when announced its All-America selections today, led by redshirt senior Inky Ajanaku who was selected as the National Player of the Year.

Ajanaku is a member of the (formerly known as Volleyball Magazine) first team for the second time in her career as she was also named the National Player of the Year after her junior season in 2014.

Inky Ajanaku
Freshman Kathryn Plummer earned second team honors, while freshmen Jenna Gray and Morgan Hentz, and redshirt junior Merete Lutz all garnered honorable accolades.

Ajanaku is a three-time All-American, also earning third team honors in 2013.

The four-time All-Pac-12 Conference selection paced the league with 1.54 blocks per set and was second in 2016 in hitting percentage (.407), ranking in the top 15 nationally in both categories. She was also second on the team in kills (360) and points (468).

A Senior CLASS Award first team All-American, Ajanaku's .413 career hitting percentage is the second-highest in program history behind Foluke Akinradewo (.443).

The Tulsa, Oklahoma native also finished her career ranked third on the Cardinal's career blocks list with 627, becoming just the fourth player in school history to surpass 600 blocks.

The Madison Regional MVP, Ajanaku was also named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

— Stanford Athletics

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