May 26, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 2014 Boilermaker volleyball team will include a freshman class of seven talented individuals, who were collectively ranked as the third best group in the nation by prepvolleyball.com.
The website's author, John Tawa, had this to say about outside hitters Christina Ambrose and Azariah Stahl, middle blocker Danielle Cuttino, setter/outside hitter Lydia Dimke and defensive specialists Carissa Damler, Burgundy Price and Linnea Rohrsen.
"There is much to be excited about for Purdue Volleyball fans. In the dog-eat-dog world of Big Ten Volleyball, the Purdue Boilermakers upgrade their talent with a dynamite 2014 class that includes four front-line hammers and three vacuum cleaners in the back-court. Leading the way for the Boilers will be four top 50 Prepvolleyball.com Senior Aces, including three ranked in the top 21. Most likely, this seven-member class is the most athletic bunch in Boilermaker history. Cuttino, a 6-4 middle with USA Junior National Team experience, is highly touted and an ominous presence at the net. Cuttino, who touches 10-7 and is extremely physical, will contend immediately with two returning starters for serious court time. Florida Gatorade POY Ambrose arrived in West Lafayette in January and will be well-prepared for the start of the fall season in August. Ambrose is a strong and high-jumping outside hitter who provides Purdue with a big blocker and potential passer in the outside hitting position. Stahl won the cherished Indiana Gatorade POY and will compete for time in the outside hitting position. Although not quite 6-0, Stahl is an absolute sky-walker and touches 10-6. Stahl pounded over 800 kills for Elkhart Central HS during her senior season and can play the entire court. A very versatile performer, Minnesota's Dimke has the talent and savvy to take Purdue to a higher level. Dimke is 6-2 and can hit and set. Recruited to be groomed as a setter, Dimke's offensive prowess during the spring college season was cause for optimism as an attacker. In-state DS Damler is quick as a cat and brings plenty of big-time experience through her years of playing libero for a strong Circle City program. Pound for pound, Damler may be best defensive player Purdue has ever recruited. Chicago's Rohrsen has worn the libero tag for power club 1st Alliance for many years. A smooth passer and smart defender, Linnea will be a terrific addition to Purdue. The final piece of the puzzle is Pineapple VBC's Price. The in-state libero and fierce defender has been tutored by outstanding coaches and is one of the toughest competitors to come out of the Ft. Wayne area in a long time."
The class ranking is the most recent accolade for the talented group of seven.
Ambrose, Cuttino, Dimke and Stahl were named to the 2014 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 listing. The quartet, all of whom were listed as PrepVolleyball Top 50 Senior Aces also garnered Under Armour All-America honors. Cuttino, a 6-4 middle blocker from Indianapolis, Ind., was the No. 10 Senior Ace, while Ambrose, a 6-4 outside hitter from Orlando, Fla., came in at No. 20 on the listing. Stahl, a 5-11 outside hitter from Elkhart, Ind., was the No. 21 Senior Ace, while Dimke, a 6-2 outside hitter/setter from Ham Lake, Minn., was PrepVolleyball's No. 50 Senior Ace.
Ambrose and Dimke were Under Armour All-America first team honorees, while Stahl & Cuttino were second team selections in November.
Damler, a 5-3 defensive specialist from Brownsburg, Ind., is two-time all-conference selection. 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. Rohrsen, a 5-4 defensive specialist from Chicago, Ill., is an all-conference selection and led Nazareth Academy in digs as a senior.
The Boilermakers return 10 players from the 2014 team, which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. Purdue begins its 2014 on August 29 at the Mortar Board Premier in West Lafayette.