STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku has been tabbed the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Ajanaku, a human biology major, averaged 1.67 blocks and 0.67 digs per set, while hitting .512 (24-2-43) in road wins at Iowa State and then-No. 7 Nebraska.
The Tulsa, Okla., native opened the season with 14 kills and a match-high seven blocks against the Cyclones. She followed up with 10 kills, three blocks and three digs against the Huskers, who were held to a .131 team hitting percentage and lost its third consecutive home match for the first time in program history.
It marks the first career defensive player of the week honor for Ajanaku, and her fourth career weekly honor overall. It is the 89th weekly award for Stanford all-time.
Up next, No. 2 Stanford plays host to top-ranked Penn State on Friday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. The Nittany Lions, the 2013 NCAA champions, defeated the Cardinal in five sets in the Lexington Regional Final last year. Stanford is 7-8 all-time against Penn State.