Stanford senior middle blocker Tami Alade was named the Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Thursday. The award, which is presented in each of the 24 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
Alade, a native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, is a human biology major boasting a 3.56 GPA. She was named all-conference after helping lead the Cardinal to a 20-0 mark to claim a second-straight Pac-12 title and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
She leads the nation with a 1.79 blocks average and ranks ninth in the country with a .404 hitting percentage, which also tops the Pac-12. She was named to the AVCA's All-Pacific North Region team earlier this week. She was an AVCA All-America honorable mention selection last season as the Cardinal advanced to the national semifinals.
Alade was a co-winner of Stanford Athletics' Arthur F. Dauer Memorial Sports Performance Award in 2017-18, honoring the student-athlete who not only displays maximum effort on and off the field of competition, but also brings out the best in their teammates through positive attitude, relentless work ethic and consistent commitment to performance enhancement.
Off the court, Alade was a Pac-12 All-Academic second team honoree this season and landed on the honorable mention list in 2017. After volleyball, she intends to pursue a career in medicine working with children.
She has worked with the Stanford Immersion in Medicine Series shadowing Dr. Ronald Cohen in the Neonatal ICU where she gained valuable clinical experience interacting with patients and their parents; engaging in diagnoses and adapting to a medical environment.
Alade has also worked with Stanford's Language and Cognition Lab, analyzing and presenting on the ways in which joint attention supports learning across different contexts and language modalities. She was awarded a grant to conduct a research study in the lab under a graduate student.
In Stanford's Language Learning Lab, Alade worked under Professor Anne Fernald as a research assistant doing experimental study on early language development. She acted directly in participant recruitment, running experiments with infants and children, and conducted data coding and analysis.
USC's Victoria Garrick, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, was among the finalists.