Foluke Akinradewo Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Oct. 1, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal junior Foluke Akinradewo has been named the Pacific-10 Player of the Week, as announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen earlier today. The middle blocker helped Stanford to two sweeps of top-five opponents in 24 hours, chipping in 30 kills and hitting .596.
Akinradewo was unstoppable in the middle, and carried the Cardinal to wins over USC and UCLA. On Thursday night, Akinradewo led the team with 18 kills on 25 attempts with just one error (.680) and put up four blocks as Stanford took down the fourth-ranked Trojans. On Friday night, she kept the offense coming against the No. 5 Bruins, adding 12 more kills in three games, while hitting at another impressive .500 clip. Akinradewo also put up six blocks in the sweep, and pounded a decisive kill to finish off the team's second consecutive top-five sweep. For the weekend, Akinradewo averaged a whopping 5.00 kills, 1.67 blocks and 6.25 points per game and recorded a kill more than half of the times she touched the ball (.596), not an easy feat considering she was hitting against two of the nation's best squads.
The honor is the third of Akinradewo's career, her second this season and the third for the Stanford program this year. It is the 61st all-time for Stanford.
Stanford heads north to Oregon this week to take on Oregon State and Oregon in another pair of Pac-10 contests. The squad meets the Beavers in Corvallis on Thursday, before battling the No. 21 Ducks in Eugene on Friday. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.