WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Middle blocker Blake Mohler, a 2018 All-American third-team selection, hits off her senior season as a Preseason All-Big Ten pick, while the No. 17 Boilermakers rank sixth in the preseason poll, the conference announced on Monday.
It is the first honor for Mohler, who collected All-Big Ten first-team recognition last year as a junior.
In 2018, Mohler guided Purdue's defensive efforts at the net with 1.08 stuffs per set, while also sitting sixth in the Big Ten with a team-best 0.358 hitting percentage. Her 140 total blocks rank sixth in the league and 43rd in the NCAA. In conference action, she ranked among the top-15 blockers with 0.95 stuffs per set average and was 10th with a .321 attack clip.
A returning starter for Purdue, Mohler also ranked third on the team with 316 kills for a 2.43 kills per set average while adding 46 digs, 10 assists and one service ace on the season.
Most recently, the Ocean Springs, Mississippi native represented the Boilermakers on the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team in Anaheim, California, this past summer.
Wisconsin was chosen as the conference favorite for the 2019 volleyball season as voted on by the Big Ten coaches, while Nebraska was picked to finish second and Minnesota was tabbed third. Penn State and Illinois followed at fourth and fifth, respectively, while Purdue ranked sixth in the preseason poll.
The Boilermakers are set to open the 2019 season in the friendly confines of Holloway Gymnasium on Sunday, Sept.1 as they host Ohio University. First serve is slated for 2 p.m. ET. For tickets please click here.
2019 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Jacqueline Quade, Sr., Oh, Illinois
Erika Pritchard, Jr., OH, Maryland
Alexis Hart, Sr., OH, Minnesota
Taylor Morgan, Sr., MB, Minnesota
Stephanie Samedy, Jr., OPP, Minnesota
Nicklin Hames, So., S, Nebraska
Lauren Stivrins, Jr., MB, Nebraska
Lexi Sun, Jr., OH, Nebraska
Kaitlyn Hord, So., MB, Penn State
Jonni Parker, So., RS, Penn State
KENDALL WHITE, Sr., DS, PENN STATE
BLAKE MOHLER, Sr., MB, PURDUE
Sydney Hilley, Jr., S, Wisconsin
DANA RETTKE, Jr., MB, WISCONSIN
UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN CAPS
2019 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
4. Penn State
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State