Foluke Akinradewo Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sept. 10, 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 outside hitter helped Stanford to three wins this weekend and led the team with 4.70 kills per game and 1.90 blocks per game.
The middle blocker recorded her most prolific weekend of the season and carried the Cardinal to three more wins, including two over ranked teams, and the Stanford Invitational title. The Plantation, Fla. native recorded double-figure kills in all three matches, led the team with 47 kills and 19 blocks in three matches, and hit a whopping .547 in that span. Akinradewo opened the tournament with an 11-kill, five-block performance in a sweep of Saint Mary's and things only went up from there. Against No. 17 Cal Poly, she stepped up and led the team with 15 kills in 22 attempts and added six blocks. The next day, Akinradewo recorded a season-best performance and helped Stanford to a win over No. 9 BYU, its sixth over a ranked opponent this season. In the match, she notched a season-high 21 kills (on just 34 attempts), a season-high eight blocks and hit .588. For her efforts, Akinradewo was named the MVP of the tournament. Akinradewo now averages 4.09 kpg and 1.48 bpg for the season.
The honor is the second of Akinradewo's career and the second for the Stanford program this season. It is the 60th all-time for Stanford.
The Cardinal heads east this week, taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats in Cincinnati on Wednesday, before competing in the Courtyard by Marriott Yale Classic Friday and Saturday. The tournament will be highlighted by a meeting between the No. 2 Cardinal and No. 3 Penn State Saturday night.