Purdue’s Cuttino, Adelaja named All-Big Ten


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Junior outside hitter Danielle Cuttino was named as a unanimous All-Big Ten selection and redshirt senior middle blocker Faye Adelaja earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades as the league announced its postseason honors Tuesday.

The honor is the first for Cuttino, while Adelaja also was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2015. Cuttino is Purdue’s eighth first team selection since 2010. The Boilermakers have had at least one individual honored as first team or honorable mention every year since 2003 and at least one first team honoree each year since 2010.

Cuttino paced the Boilermakers with 4.03 kills per set, which ranked 47th nationally and third in the Big Ten, while hitting at a .264 clip. She posted double-digit kill tallies in all but one of her 31 matches, including 20 or more six times and a career-best 23 at Northwestern. The Indianapolis native led the team offensively in 25 matches, after transitioning from middle blocker to outside hitter in the offseason.

The junior hit at a .250 or better clip 18 times, including .300 or better 13 times and .400 or better five times. Cuttino also has put up 0.61 blocks per set, including five or more three times, and pulled up 60 digs, including career-best six at Illinois and at Maryland.

Cuttino earned Big Ten Player of the Week and ESPNW Player of the Week honors Sept. 12 after leading the Boilermakers in a pair of wins over No. 9 Stanford and Cal Poly, and was named Shamrock Invitational MVP after leading the team to that tournament title, Sept. 3.

In Big Ten play, Cuttino averaged 4.02 kills per set, third most in the league, while hitting at a.249 clip and adding 0.53 blocks per set. Adelaja is the team’s most efficient hitter, posting a .365 hitting percentage, which ranks 40th nationally and third among Big Ten players.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native has tallied 2.26 kills per set, ranking third on the team, while posting double-digit kills in 13 matches, including a career-best 21 at No. 3 Wisconsin, and leading the team twice. The middle blocker has hit at a .300 or better clip in 16 matches, including .400 or better 13 times and .500 or better six times.

At the net, she has put up five or more blocks 11 times, including team-leading tallies 16 times. Adelaja ranks eighth on the career block assists list with 339 and sits just four blocks out of total blocks Top 10. Earlier this season, the redshirt senior became one of just 12 players in Purdue history with 700 kills and 350 blocks.

In conference action, Adelaja averaged 2.25 kills and 0.90 blocks per set, while hitting at a .345 clip, which ranked fifth among league players. In addition to the honorable mention all-conference accolade, Adelaja was named as Purdue’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

The Boilermakers (18-13) continue their 2016 season at 5:30 p.m. ET Thursday when they take on Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament first round in Columbia, Missouri. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app