Jan. 23, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue welcomes two more outstanding players to the 2009 Boilermaker volleyball team as Courtney Gosewisch and Brittany Lee will join the team in the fall.
Gosewisch, a 5-8 defensive specialist from Downers Grove, Ill., is a two-sport athlete at Downers Grove South High School, earning all-conference and all-area honors in volleyball and track. She was named one of the Sun Times' Top 50 players in the Chicago area and earned a spot on prepvolleyball.com's Defensive Dandies list during her junior year. Gosewisch also was named to the Daily Herald DuPage Dozen and prepvolleyball.com's Top 250 Senior Aces list as a senior. The varsity volleyball captain helped led her team to three conference championships under coach Colleen Reagan. The all-state track honoree plays club volleyball for the First Alliance/Lions Juniors team, which finished 10th at the 17 open nationals. The daughter of Larry and Andrea Gosewisch is a four-year student-athlete academic award recipient and honor roll member.
"Courtney is a very dynamic, very tough athlete," Shondell said. "She has been an outside hitter throughout her career which I think will benefit her as a defensive specialist when she comes here. She is quick, a great floor leader, plays hard, and has the toughness and competitiveness that we are looking for, She is another outstanding student academically and just represents everything a student athlete should be. I think she is going to be a great addition to Purdue volleyball. We are excited to have her here."
Brittany Lee, a 5-10 defensive specialist from Carmel, Ind., was a three-year letterwinner at Cathedral High School. The two-time AVCA GPA award winner led the team to Indiana 4A State Championships her sophomore and senior years as well as city titles each of the last three years under coach Jean Kesterson. Academically, Lee received high honors all four years. In club volleyball, Lee received All-American nominations two years in a row, while her Munciana team finished fifth at the 2008 AAU Championships. The daughter of Philip and Kimberly Lee plans on majoring in health sciences and pre-medicine.
"Brittany is solid as a rock with her ball control and serve reception, which are such huge parts of volleyball," Shondell said. "When you find somebody that passes serve the way she can, you feel very lucky to have her committed to your program. She is the ultimate team player. As she gets a little stronger and becomes more dynamic, she will be able to cover even more ground and become an exceptional defensive player, building on the strengths she has as a passer and a floor leader."
The pair joins five other players - Rachel Davis, Anna Drewry, Katie Griffin, Catherine Rebarchak and Ariel Turner - who signed national letters of intent in the fall.
The Boilermakers, which posted a 26-9 record and made their third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in four years in 2008, are slated to play in four spring tournaments, including a pair of home dates on April 11 and April 18.