A look at the impact, careers of five volleyball players
Boilermakers rally for five-set win over Hawkeyes
Boilermakers hit the road to play No. 7 Ohio State, No. 5 Penn State
Boilermakers move to 6-0 in Big Ten, sweep season series with Indiana
No. 19 Boilermakers add 30th 'P' link, keeps possession eighth straight year
Senior Night for Val Nichol & KiKi Jones (photos by Charles Jischke)
Volleyball match featuring Purdue versus Indiana on October 8, 2014.
Purdue Volleyball vs. Indiana (11/21/12)
Purdue vs Northwestern
2015: Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 33 matches at libero ... averaged a team-best 4.02 digs per set, good for eighth on Purdue season list, posting 490 digs, which rank ninth on season listing ... managed double-digit efforts in 29 matches ... tallied 20 or more digs five times ... led the team in digs 29 times, including each of her final 17 matches ... ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten in digs per set (8th) ... ranked seventh in Big Ten play with 3.86 digs per set ... recorded 1,000th career dig at Michigan State, making her the 17th Purdue player to reach the milestone ... ranks fifth in career digs (1,315) ... made good on 94 percent of 642 serve reception chances ... served up 29 aces, including five in the season opener vs. VCU, most by a Purdue player since 2013 ... dished out 128 assists ... passing helped Purdue to a .261 hitting percentage (27th nationally), while defense helped hold opponents to a .191 effort on the season ... Boiler Box Challenge MVP ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.
2014: Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Nov. 17 ... started all 32 matches at libero, leading the team with 3.66 digs per set, while also adding 0.94 assists per set and 19 aces ... ranked 11th in the Big Ten in digs per set and ninth during league play (3.58) ... made good on 95 percent of 621 serve reception chances ... posted double-digit dig tallies in 22 matches, including 20 or more three times and a career-best 27 digs vs. Western Kentucky ... led team in digs in 24 contests ... managed three kills, one each vs. No. 14 San Diego, at Western Kentucky and at Rutgers ... named to KSU Owl Invitational all-tournament team.
2013: Academic All-Big Ten ... played in all 35 matches, starting 16 ... averaged 1.90 digs per set, totalling 245 ... posted double-digit dig tallies in five matches, while leading the team three times, including season-best 16 vs. No. 4 USC ... also tallied team highs at #9 Minnesota and vs. Alabama A&M ... served up 32 aces, tied for the most on the team, including career-high three vs. Illinois and No. 15 Wisconsin ... ranked seventh in overall aces per set (0.25) among Big Ten players ... ranked 10th during Big Ten play in aces per set (0.22).
2012: Played in 20 matches, starting four ... averaged 2.23 digs per set, third most on the team ... pulled up season-best and team-leading 18 digs in collegiate debut vs. Northwestern ... managed double-digit digs in nine matches ... made good on 94 percent of her 362 reception attempts ... served up 13 aces, including season-best three vs. Indiana ... dished out 29 assists, including eight against No. 12 Florida State in the NCAA second round... put down a kill from the back row against Northwestern.
High School: Garnered Journal and Courier Big School Player of the Year accolades as a senior after earning her third straight All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference honor and leading her team to the sectional title under coach Cheryl Sutter ... named to the 3A-4A Indiana North All-Star team and as McCutcheon team MVP after posting 392 kills, 303 digs, 52 aces and 40 blocks her senior year, prior to which she was named to the All-America Watch List ... earned first team all-conference honors her sophomore and senior years and honorable mention accolades as a junior ... a two-time Davis L. Ellison Mental Attitude Award honoree ... tabbed as team MVP and as a MAV Desire Award honoree her sophomore year ... a three-time all-conference honoree on the basketball court, including honorable mention accolades as a freshman ... was ranked among the Top 100 Indiana Elite All-Star basketball players as a senior ... a national honor society and honor roll member ... a Drug Free Coalition representative for Tippecanoe County ... played club volleyball for the Lafayette Area Volleyball Academy.
Personal: Given name is Amanda Lynn Neill ... born May 14, 1994 ... parents are Herman and Lonnette Neill ... has one brother, Mark ... major is movement and sport sciences.
Favorite sweet treat: M&M cookies
Favorite ice cream flavor: cookie dough
Favorite sport besides volleyball: basketball
Favorite sports team: Chicago Bears
Favorite Athlete: Courtney Thompson USA women team setter
Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Book: Heaven is for real
Favorite Musical Artist: Keith Urban
Favorite type of pizza: Vegetable
Favorite Actress: Jennifer Aniston
Favorite Food: Chicken Quesadilla from Qdoba
Favorite place on campus: The fountain
Favorite outdoor activity:riding horses
Favorite animal/furry friend: horse
Favorite class at Purdue: Too many to list one
Favorite Purdue professor:Marcy Towns