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 six days left until the home opener, we introduce redshirt sophomore Kate Workman, a 5-6 defensive specialist from Valparaiso, Ind.
After earning honorable mention All-America honors and three all-conference selections as a prepster, Workman has seen limited action for the Boilermakers. She redshirted the 2012 campaign and played in 12 matches in 2013, racking up 16 digs and two aces, while making good on 95 percent of her serve receive chances.
One of two veterans in the Purdue backcourt, she looks to make an impact in 2014 and duplicate the defensive prowess that earned her Dunerland Athletic Conference and team MVP honors as a senior and helped her to the school records for digs in a match, season and career. The daughter of Matt and Kaye Workman has already found success in the classroom at Purdue, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors as a sociology major in 2013.
Let's get to know Kate a little bit better.
Sweet or Salty: Salty
Chocolate or Vanilla:Chocolate
Dogs or Cats:Dogs
Vacation - At the beach or in the mountains: Beach
Coolest place I've ever been: Prague, Czech Republic
Person I look up to the most: My mom
Best feeling - stuff block or big kill: Stuff block
Best feeling - service ace or big diving save: Big diving save
Three words that describe me:Spunky, driven, opinionated
One more to describe my game: Tough
Team I am most excited to play in 2014: Nebraska
My most memorable sports moment: Beating Nebraska at their place last year
Celebrity crush: Mark Wahlberg
Best non-athletic talent: Bringing excitement to boring conversation
Dream job: CEO of a big company in Chicago
Song I have to listen to before a game: Fight Night - Migos
Favorite sweet treat: Blizzard
Favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate/peanut butter
Favorite holiday: Fourth of July
Favorite sport besides volleyball: Curling
Favorite sports team: Chicago Hawks
Favorite athlete: Drew Brees
Favorite TV Show: Law & Order: SVU
Favorite Movie: Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift
Favorite Book: Perks of Being A Wallflower
Favorite Musical Artist: The Civil Wars
Favorite Type of Pizza: Sausage & green peppers