Big Ten Medal of Honor: Ariel Turner, Purdue Women's Volleyball
June 5, 2013
The 2012 Capitol One Academic All-American of the Year for volleyball, Purdue's first in any sport since football’s Drew Brees in 2000, Turner became Purdue volleyball's first two-time Academic All-America honoree since 1988. Also a two-time AVCA All-America honoree, the Highlands Ranch, Colo., received second team AVCA All-America acclaim in 2012, while also being named as a Senior CLASS Award finalist, an AVCA All-Mideast Region and Unanimous All-Big Ten selection. Turner also was the 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year, a two-time Academic All-District V and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
In 2012, Turner garnered three Big Ten Player/Defensive Player of the Week honors before earning unanimous All-Big Ten honors. She averaged 4.48 kills per set, ranking 13th nationally, while also putting up 5.12 points per set, ranking 11th nationally, and adding 2.76 digs per set. The outside hitter posted double-digit kills 28 times and double-digit digs in 18 matches, while managing 16 double-doubles. She joined the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club, while leading the team in kills 30 times, digs six times and blocks four times. Turner wrapped her career ranked first in Purdue lore in hitting attempts (5,578) and second in career kills (1,906),