Volleyball player Inky Ajanaku wins prestigious honor

Inky Ajanaku
Inky Ajanaku

INKY AJANAKU was recently named the Honda Sport Award winner for Volleyball.

The Honda Sport Award is presented annually by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.”

Ajanaku now becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup, which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 26, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Ajanaku was chosen by a vote of administrators from more than 1,000 NCAA member schools.

“I am nothing but humbled to win this award because I know that many of the people that played against me and the people that played beside me this season are all deserving of the very same recognition,” said Ajanaku. “I am proud of how our team played at the end of the season, but I am more proud of the smaller moments of strength shown when we weren’t as successful. Being a part of a team with that type of resilience is the greatest honor. So, thank you to Stanford women’s volleyball and Honda and the CWSA.”

Ajanaku, a human biology major from Tulsa, led the Cardinal to its record-tying seventh national title.

“Inky had a truly amazing season, which she continued to build on each step of the way,” said head coach JOHN DUNNING. “By the end, in my opinion, she was playing the best volleyball of her career, and at the same time provided the leadership our team needed to win a championship. She is a special player and very deserving of this honor.”

The CWSA honors the nation’s top NCAA women athletes, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Honda has provided more than $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs.

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