Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Plantation, Fla.
Birth Date: Oct. 5, 1987
Joined Team: May 2003
- Averaged 2.50 points with a .412 hitting efficiency during the 2014 FIVB World Championship helping USA to their first-ever gold in any of the three major tournaments
- Converted 48.5 percent of attacks during five 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix starts while averaging 3.28 points per set
- Helped U.S. Women to 2012 Olympic Games silver medal after averaging 3.33 points per set (10th best overall), was second-best blocker in 2012 Olympics with 0.89 per set and converted 61.2 percent of attacks into points (.495 hitting efficiency)
- Named MVP and Best Blocker of 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix as she helped U.S. win its first of three consecutive titles of the premier annual women's international volleyball event
- Ranked third in Best Blocker and converted 59.0 percent of attacks at 2011 FIVB World Cup where the U.S. finished with the medal and qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:
2016 - NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament (Gold)
2015 - USA Volleyball Cup vs. China...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...FIVB World Cup (Bronze)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)
2014 - USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Preliminary Round)...FIVB World Championship (Gold)
2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round...Olympic Games (Silver).
2011 - Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)...Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)...FIVB World Cup (Silver).
2010 - Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Tour of Brazil...FIVB World Championship (Fourth).
2009 - FIVB World Grand Prix (9th).
2008 - USA Tour of China...U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place).
2007 - Pan American Games (Bronze Medal).
2005 - Pan American Cup (Fourth).
Did You Know
- Holds tri-citizenship with Canada, Nigeria and the United States
- Made international debut in 2005 at Pan American Cup prior to the start of her freshman season at Stanford University
- Unlike most top volleyball players, did not play club volleyball as a youth
- Four-time AVCA All-American from 2005-2008 and three-time first-team selection; Earned AVCA Division I Player of the Year as a junior in 2007
- Finished collegiate career with the best career hitting efficiency (.446) of any NCAA Division I player
- Starting middle blocker on the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that competed in the 2005 FIVB World Championships in Turkey after helping U.S. win gold in the 2004 NORCECA Continental Women’s Junior Championship.
- Has many nicknames, but teammates call her 'Luke'
- Majored in human biology at Stanford University and envisions to become an orthopedic surgeon after her volleyball career
The Big Blurb
What makes volleyball your favorite sport? "Volleyball is one of the few team sports where every single person on the court has an impact on the outcome. The ball can come to you at any time, so complete focus is required. The sport represents "team" in every sense of the word. Also, I have so much fun playing and growing in this sport every day, that I always want to come back for more."
- NatalieHagglund.com: Blog on Foluke Akinradewo
- Sports Illustrated Article: Akinradewo's Athleticism Propelled Her to Pinnacle of Volleyball World
- Sun-Sentinel Article: Olympian Akinradewo Surprises St. Thomas Volleyball Team
- The McCarthy Project Podcast: Foluke Akinradewo on Life as a Student First, Athlete Second
- Fan Highlight Video of Foluke Akinradewo at 2011 FIVB World Cup
- Foluke Akinradewo TV Appearance on The Morning Blend (KMTV Omaha)
Last Updated: Jan. 10, 2016
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