Volleyball / Outside Hitter / Junior / Country Club Hills, Ill.
Temilade Adekoya is a sophomore outside hitter on the UChicago volleyball team. Adekoya started all three of UChicago's NCAA postseason matches, where she averaged 2.5 kills and 4.0 digs per set. She also served up six aces.
Head Coach Sharon Dingman: "In the most challenging role an athlete can have, Temilade was a star. For the first time all season, in the most important matches of the year, she was called upon to fill a starting position. Temilade competed at the highest level. She consistently put pressure on our opponents. Temilade is a superior athlete and uses her abilities to impact the match both offensively and defensively. She is so fun to watch!"
Teammate Emma Griffith: "Temi has been an integral part of the team this whole year even if she wasn’t starting every match. Temi is such an incredible athlete and made us all better in practice every day. She also stepped up in big ways when we needed her and I’m so proud of the way she played at the end of the season. Temi is a ray of light and it’s always comforting to have her on the court because we know she is going to do everything she possibly can to chase down a tip or get a kill when we need it. Temi is such a special, kind and supportive teammate, and she is also absolutely hilarious. We are so lucky that she is a part of the team and that we get to play with her. Congrats Temi! You deserve this and so much more!"
Other WAA Nominees
Sophie Elgamal (Women's Cross Country)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "We all know Sophie is a pretty special athlete (All-American last cross country season and third in the nation in the indoor 3K). This season has been a struggle for her due to some illness and a late start due to a study abroad in the month of September. She has really begun to run well recently (most evident in her workouts). This weekend, she took control of her race, pretty much running in third from start to finish. This was her highest-ever finish in the regional meet and a real confidence boost going into the NCAAs next weekend. I don’t know if I would say that Sophie 'rose up' this weekend as much as she is finally back to where she would have been had she not been sick throughout the season."
Casey Jervier (Women's Soccer)
- Head Coach Amy Reifert: "Casey had a tremendous weekend shutting down one of the top strikers in the country and had been an integral piece to our defensive line and success all season long. She brings her level of intensity and calm demeanor to our backfield and is a fierce 1v1 competitor. She is an amazing teammate and incredibly hard worker who has had a remarkable season!"
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