Jan. 21, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue volleyball announced the addition of three more student-athletes to the 2014 freshman class. Defensive specialists Carissa Damler, Burgundy Price and Linnea Rohrsen will be joining the four players who signed national letters of intent in November to round out the class.
"I am very pleased to add three terrific ball-control players to an already impressive 2014 recruiting class," head coach Dave Shondell said. "Our program takes tremendous pride in playing tough defense and Carissa, Burgundy, and Linnea will add another chapter to that strong tradition. A team's success is chiefly determined by the environment in which they train. This trio of athletes will help generate that productive culture."
Carissa Damler, a 5-3 defensive specialist from Brownsburg, Ind., is two-time all-conference selection. A four-year letterwinner, she garnered all-conference accolades each of her last two seasons, while also garnering the defensive specialist award on her Brownsburg High School team. The four-year honor roll member also was an honorable mention academic all-state selection as a senior. The daughter of Chuck and Marie Damler, a two-year National Honor Society member, plays club volleyball for the Circle City VBC.
Burgundy Price, a 5-6 defensive specialist from Woodburn, Ind., is a four-time all-ACAC conference selection and was named as a Defensive Dandy by PrepVolleyball.com in 2013. Thus far as a senior, she led Woodlan to the regional title and the semistate championship match, while earning mention as an area to player to watch by the Journal Gazette. As a junior, Price garnered first team all-conference honors, while leading her team to the ACAC Tournament championship. The team captain was selected to the Northeast Indiana All-Area first team after leading the team in digs (327), aces (58) and ranking third in kills (268). As a sophomore, she was a first team All-ACAC and Northeast Indiana all-area selection after leading Woodlan to the ACAC title and leading the team in kills (276), aces 950) and digs (482). As a rookie, Price led her team in digs (177) and aces (42) en route to first team All-ACAC honors as her team won the ACAC regular season and conference tournament titles. A three-sport athlete, Price also lettered in basketball her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, garnering all-conference honors all three years, and played varsity softball as a freshman. The daughter of Dave and Joni Price, Burgundy plans to major in education at Purdue. The honor roll member plays club volleyball for Pineapple VBC, which won the Michigan Power League Championship.
Linnea Rohrsen, a 5-4 defensive specialist from Chicago, Ill., is an all-conference selection and led Nazareth Academy in digs as a senior. The libero and team captain garnered all-ESCC conference honors and was named to the all-tournament team at the Bradley Bourbonnais under coach Wayne Saunders. Rohrsen was a three-year varsity letter winner and played setter on the sophomore team her rookie season. The daughter of Jeff Rohrsen and Bernarda Wolf plans to major in speech, language and hearing sciences at Purdue. The three-year "A" honor roll member plays club volleyball for the 1st Alliance VB Club, which won the silver medal at the 2013 JVA World Challenge. In 2012, Linnea was named club Player of the Year and also earned a spot on the AVCA Phenom List.
The trio joins outside hitter Christina Ambrose (Orlando, Fla.), middle blocker Danielle Cuttino (Indianapolis, Ind.), setter/outside hitter Lydia Dimke (Ham Lake, Minn.) and outside hitter Azariah Stahl (Elkhart, Ind.) who signed NLIs in November.
Dimke and Ambrose began their time with the Boilermakers last week. The Purdue squad will celebrate its 2013 season with its postseason banquet on Friday, and have nearly a month break before beginning preparations for their four-date spring slate.