Purdue Women' Volleyball Announces Addition of Four Recruits

Three high school signees and a transfer from Florida.

Feb. 4, 1998

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue volleyball coach Joey Vrazel has announced the addition of four newcomers to the program, including three high school student-athletes and a transfer from the University of Florida.

The three high school student-athletes who signed National Letters-of-Intent are Christy Case (Naperville, Ill., Benet Academy); Maegan Petersen (Waupun, Wis., Waupun H.S.); and Amy Schweitzer (Brookfield, Wis., Catholic Memorial H.S.). In addition, Shannon Mason (Fort Branch, Ind., Gibson Southern H.S.) has transferred from Florida.

"We are very excited about these additions," Vrazel said. "They are all quality athletes who will make an impact and provide us with depth at every position."

Case, a 6-foot outside hitter, was an all-conference and all-area selection and team Most Valuable Player as a senior for coach Angie Raiff. Case plays club ball for Rick Butler of Sports Performance. She plans on studying marketing.

"Christy is an excellent athlete and a very developed player," Vrazel said. "She is an excellent ball-handler and has played every hitting position. Right now she is training on the right side, and that's where we envision her helping us initially, but she is talented enough to play several positions. She's a great jumper and an exciting player to watch."

Petersen, a 6-1 outside hitter, earned second team all-state honors her senior season and became her school's career kills leader (1,443) while playing Keith Milkowski. Her team won the Division II state championship in 1995 and 1997. She plays club ball (with Schweitzer) for Dave Bayer with the Milwaukee Sting. Petersen is undecided on her field of study.

"Maegan jumps very fluidly and hits from a high point," Vrazel said. "She loves to pass the ball, and it shows. We were fortunate to get in on Maegan early, and I think a lot of coaches are going to wonder how they missed out on her when they see her play."

Schweitzer, a 5-10 setter, was a Volleyball Monthly Fab 50 selection (as one of the nation's top high school players), honorable mention All-American and Wisconsin Player-of-the-Year as a senior for Ted Schulte. Her team was 1997 Division I state champions. She holds school records for match, season and career assists and season and career service aces. Schweitzer plans on majoring in English.

"Amy is probably the most polished player we have ever recruited," Vrazel said. "She is a very developed setter who runs a fast offense with her club team. She is a dynamic player, a jump server and is extremely competitive and driven. With Amy and Taryn (junior setter Catlin), I honestly believe we have the best setting combination in the Big Ten."

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Mason, a 6-1 middle blocker, enrolled at Purdue in January of 1998 after attending Florida for three and a half years. She played three seasons with the Lady Gators under former Purdue standout Mary Fishl Wise (1977-80) and redshirted in 1995 and suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She will have one year of eligibility with the Boilermakers.

Mason was a three-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference selection. She averaged 1.44 kills and 0.61 blocks per game as a freshman in 1994, then saw limited action in 1996 and 1997 after recovering from her knee surgery. Mason was a Volleyball Monthly Fab 50 selection and a member of Volleyball magazine's Class of 1994 top 25 team as a senior at Gibson Southern High School. She was selected to train at the 1993 USVBA Elite Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mason was valedictorian of her high school class. She is majoring in food science. Her father, Edward, and her brother, Jamie, are graduates of Purdue.

"Shannon will give us depth in the middle," Vrazel said. "She has been exposed to tremendous volleyball at Florida and knows what it takes to compete an extremely high level. She will also help us with leadership by giving us another senior. I know Shannon is looking forward to a great senior season."

1998 PURDUE VOLLEYBALL NEWCOMERS
Name            Cl.  Pos.   Ht.     Hometown (High School / Previous College) 
Christy Case    Fr.  OH     6-0     Naperville, Ill. (Benet Academy) 
Shannon Mason   Sr.  MB     6-1     Fort Branch, Ind. (Florida) 
Maegan Petersen Fr.  OH     6-1     Waupun, Wis. (Waupun) 
Amy Schweitzer  Fr.  S      5-10    Brookfield, Wis. (Catholic Memorial)