Former University of Michigan player Adeja Lambert has signed her first professional contract to play overseas in Finland. She signed a one-year contract to join the team Pölkky Kuusamo in Finland’s top-tier championship league.
Lambert, an outside hitter from Rockford, Illinois, stands 6’2″ tall (187cm). In 4 years at Michigan, she averaged 2.28 kills/set while hitting .186 and chipping in 154 total blocks (.44/set).
While her offensive numbers were down as a senior (she had fewer kills than in her freshman or junior seasons), she had her most efficient year with a .221 hitting percentage, had her best service season with 16 aces, and had her best defensive season with 216 digs (1.89/set).
“I hold those memories with me every day, just playing the sport that I love,” said Lambert on her signing day in an interview with WIFR. “Ever since I committed to the University of Michigan, that’s when I knew I was capable of playing professionally and being able to pursue my dreams.”
“If I do well in the classroom, in school. And I be a good person, and I work hard in my sport, or whatever I’m doing, I can accomplish this as well,” said Lambert.
Lambert will join the team next season. Pölkky Kuusamo has 2 Americans currently on their roster – former Florida State middle blocker Mara Green, and former University of San Francisco outside hitter Malina Terrell.
The team finished 4th in the league’s regular-season table with 12 wins and 12 losses. They struggled down the stretch, however, losing 4 of their last 5 matches (and the other they won by just a 3-2 margin).