Nov. 23, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Boilermaker seniors - middle blocker Anna Drewry, defensive specialist Courtney Gosewisch, defensive specialist Amanda Miller and outside hitter Ariel Turner - will wrap up their careers in 2012. Collectively, they have put together a 113-52 record, including Miller's true freshman year in 2008. Since their arrival, the Boilermakers have made three Sweet 16 and one Elite Eight appearances, finished in the top four of the conference standings three times and defeated 20 ranked foes They have earned a combined 11 Big Ten Player of the Week honors and seven Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
Below are short bios of each of the four players. The quartet and their families will be honored in a pre-match ceremony on Friday night.
In her four years as a Boilermaker, Anna has been a force at the net, leading the team in blocks in 36 matches and averaging nearly a block per set. The San Antonio, Texas, native was Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times in 2009, and had posted 2.23 kills per set as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the NCAA second round match. Drewry has returned to the lineup full time in 2012, starting 27 matches, hitting at a career-best .274 clip and leading the team in blocks with more than a 1.03 per set. She posted a .727 hitting effort at Illinois, Oct 31, with nine kills in 11 swings, marking the best five-set hitting percentage in program history. All told, Drewry has tallied 544 kills, while hitting at a .237 clip, and adding 283 blocks. She has tallied double-digit kills in 15 matches and five or more blocks 22 times. A public relations and rhetorical advocacy major with an advertising specialization, Anna will graduate in May 2013.
A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Gosewisch was inducted into Chi Epsilon, a civil engineering honors group last year. After playing in all 31 matches as a rookie, the Downers Grove, Ill., native fought through a hip injury which eventually resulted in surgery following her junior campaign. All told, Gosewisch has pulled up 174 digs, served up 15 aces and made good on 94 percent of her serve reception chances in 83 matches. She is averaging a career-best 1.48 digs per set in 2012, including a career-high 12 saves at Michigan State. Goose also has served up six aces. A civil engineering major, Courtney will graduate in May 2013.
Since joining the Boilermakers in 2008, Amanda has seen action in 56 matches, including 26 this season. After playing sparingly her first two seasons, Miller was sidelined by a concussion in 2010. She played in 17 matches as a redshirt junior, managing 44 digs and five aces, but has saved her best for last. In 2012, the Trabuco Canyon, Calif., native has played in 74 of Purdue's 111 sets, accounting for 119 digs, serving up 12 aces and making good on 93 percent of her serve reception chances. Miller also has earned a spot in the starting lineup in 14 matches this season and posted three double-digit dig efforts, including a career best 13 at Rice. A health and fitness major with a minor in organizational leadership and supervision, Amanda will graduate in December.
Ariel has become one of the most highly decorated players in Boilermaker lore and rewritten the Purdue record books. A first team All-American, second team Academic All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2011, she became Purdue volleyball's first dual athletic and academic All-American since 1984. A member of the 1,000 kill club, the outside hitter is just 20 digs away from joining another elite group, that with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs, which includes just six other Boilermakers. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native is Purdue's career record holder for hitting attempts with 5,340 and ranks second with 1,823 kills. She also has made good on 93 percent of her serve receive chances and added 293 blocks. The nine-time Big Ten Player of the Week has posted double-digit kills in 104 matches, double-digit digs in 39 matches and 36 double-doubles. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten and two-time Academic All-District selection, Turner is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. A mechanical engineering major, Ariel will graduate in May 2013.