WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As part of our countdown to the season, we will give you the inside scoop on one of our 16 players. With 18 days left until the home opener, we introduce junior Annie Drews, a 6-4 right side hitter from Elkhart, Ind.
A Fab 50 selection, a first team All-American and the No. 29 Senior Ace coming in to Purdue in 2012, Drews has lived up to the hype. She played in 29 matches as a rookie, starting 15, while racking up 2.14 kills et, third most on the team. The All-Big Ten Freshman team selection hit at a .291 clip and added 0.55 blocks per set.
In the summer of 2013, Drews sharpened her skills as part of the U.S Women's National A2 Program. She then posted 1.92 kills per set, while leading the team in blocks and kills three times each. She saw action in all 35 matches and excelled in the classroom as well, garnering Academic All-Big Ten acclaim.
Now a junior, the Elkhart, Ind., native will be looked to lead the Boilermaker hitting corps.
Let's get to know Annie a little bit better.
Sweet or Salty: Both together
Chocolate or Vanilla:Chocolate
Dogs or Cats:Dogs
Vacation - At the beach or in the mountains: Beach
Coolest place I've ever been:Venice, Italy
People I look up to the most: My grandmothers
Three words that describe me:Goofy, caring and smiley
Best feeling - stuff block or big kill: Stuff block
Best feeling - service ace or big diving save: Big diving save
One word to describe my game: Fun
Team I am most excited to play in 2014: Wisconsin. It is always close and now it is personal.
My most memorable sports moment:: Beating Nebraska in their new facility and beating Mizzou to go to the Sweet 16
Celebrity crush: Ryan Reynolds
Best non-athletic talent:Cooking
Dream job: Work in a retirement or nursing home
Song I have to listen to before every game: Brown Eyed Girl
Favorite sweet treat: Cookies cookies cookies cookies cookies
Favorite ice cream flavor: Salted caramel
Favorite holiday: Christmas. It's also my birthday. Double whammy!
Favorite sport besides volleyball: College basketball
Favorite sports team: Purdue volleyball... that counts right
Favorite TV Shows:Nashville and Friends
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite Book: The Help. I read 475 pages in four days. I love it!
Favorite Musical Artist: Zac Brown Band
Favorite Type of Pizza: Fancy kinds. I love trying new combos.