Sept. 24, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Two Boilermakers garnered Big Ten Player of the Week accolades after leading Purdue to a 2-0 start in conference play.
Redshirt junior libero Carly Cramer was named Defensive Player of the Week, while rookie outside hitter Annie Drews garnered Freshman of the Week accolades for their efforts in five-set wins over No. 25 Michigan State and Michigan.
Cramer tallied her 1,000th career dig, while pulling up 4.70 digs per set for the Boilermakers in two road wins. The redshirt junior also dished out seven assists, served up four aces and handled 98 percent of her 55 serve reception opportunities to steady the Purdue defense. Cramer's passing helped Purdue to hitting percentages of .250 or better in five sets, including .300 or better in four stanzas.
Against Michigan State, Cramer managed 28 digs, while also adding three aces, 3 assists and a career-high two kills. She served up an ace and added the two kills as Purdue came back from a 6-4 deficit to take a 14-12 lead in Set 4. Against Michigan, Cramer helped Purdue with a match-high 19 digs, the final one being career #1000, while also dishing out four assists and acing the Wolverines once in a 25-17 Set 2 win.
Drews led the Boilermakers at the net against #25 Michigan State and Michigan, racking up 1.10 blocks per set, while also adding 2.40 kills per set and hitting at a team-leading .439 clip. The freshman managed 12 kills, while hitting at a .526 clip and adding five blocks against the Spartans. She had a solo stuff for match point in the Boilermakers' 17-15 come-from-behind win in Set 5. Against Michigan, Drews paced Purdue at the net with six blocks, while also adding 12 kills, including the Set 2 winner.
Cramer and Drews are the first conference player of the week honorees for Purdue in 2012 and the first since Rachel Davis earned the Defensive Player of the Week nod on Nov. 14, 2011. Drews is Purdue's first Freshman of the Week honoree since Kierra Jones earned her third accolade of 2011 on Nov. 7.
Purdue (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday when the team kicks off a four-match homestand against Northwestern.