Former University of Michigan volleyball player Former University of Michigan volleyball player Adeja Lambert signed a professional volleyball contract to continue her playing career with Polkky Kuusamo in Finland, Lambert and her family announced Saturday (March 30). The team is part of the Finnish professional league.
“I am truly blessed and honored to announce that I will be playing professional volleyball for Polkky Kuusamo Club in Finland,” said Lambert. “It has been a long journey but a great one. I will be the first female African-American professional volleyball player from my hometown and I owe it all to those who have supported me through the years, especially the University of Michigan for giving me the opportunity to play the sport that I love.”
The Rockford, Ill., native finished her career at Michigan with 792 kills through 106 matches. She averaged 2.28 kills per set from her outside hitter position and totaled 935 points through four seasons with the Maize and Blue. During her career with the Wolverines, Lambert was named to four All-Tournament teams and helped Michigan advance to the NCAA Tournament three times, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016.
“We’re really proud of Adeja for making the choice to continue her volleyball career,” said head coach Mark Rosen. “The league in the country that she’s chosen is a perfect fit for her, as she’ll have the opportunity to play a high level and live in an exciting atmosphere.”
With no professional options for volleyball players in the United States, many collegiate players make the move to play professionally overseas after graduation. Lambert joins former Michigan players Lexi Dannemiller and Jennifer Cross, who are currently playing professionally in European leagues.