Dec. 10, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker volleyball team will celebrate the 2012 season, including a Sweet 16 run, as well as the careers of four seniors at its annual postseason banquet on Jan. 11.
The event, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 in the Buchanan Club of Ross-Ade Pavilion, is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased for $30 from volleyball secretary DeEtta Hawkes (email@example.com or 765-494-4776). Checks should be made out to Purdue Federal. Deadline for purchase is Monday, Dec. 31.
The team will celebrate the season, which saw the Boilermakers continue the program's winning tradition with another 20-win season, another Top half Big Ten finish and another Sweet 16 berth. Purdue posted a 23-11 record, its sixth 20-win season under Coach Shondell, while finishing fifth in the Big Ten, defeating five ranked opponents and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Boilermakers' postseason success put them in elite company as one of just 11 schools nationally with eight NCAA second round appearances in the last nine seasons, and as one of just six nationally with six Sweet 16 berths in the last eight years. In addition to the postseason success, the season saw Coach Shondell garner his 200th collegiate coaching win and several individuals earn acclaim.
The banquet also will honor the individual accomplishments of the student-athletes as well as the careers of its four seniors: Anna Drewry, Courtney Gosewisch, Amanda Miller and Ariel Turner. Collectively, the quartet has put together a 116-53 record, including Miller's true freshman year in 2008. Since their arrival, the Boilermakers have made four Sweet 16 and one Elite Eight appearances, finished in the top four of the conference standings three times and defeated 21 ranked foes They have earned a combined 13 Big Ten Player of the Week honors and seven Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
In her four years as a Boilermaker, Anna Drewry was a force at the net, leading the team in blocks in 38 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 returned to the lineup full time in 2012, starting 32 matches, hitting at a career-best .278 clip and leading the team in blocks with 1.02 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 tallied 571 kills, while hitting at a .240 clip and adding 298 blocks. She has tallied double-digit kills in 16 matches and five or more blocks 23 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, Courtney 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 pulled up 181 digs, served up 15 aces and made good on 94 percent of her serve reception chances in 85 matches. She averaged a career-best 1.47 digs per set in 2012, including a career-high 12 saves at Michigan State. Gosewsich also served up six aces. A civil engineering major, Courtney will graduate in May 2013.
Since joining the Boilermakers in 2008, Amanda Miller saw action in 60 matches, including 30 in 2012. 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 played in 84 of Purdue's 127 sets, accounting for 131 digs, serving up 13 aces and making good on 93 percent of her serve reception chances. Miller also earned a spot in the starting lineup in 15 matches her final season and posted four 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 Turner 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. Turner is a member of the 1,000 kill, 1,000 dig club, which includes just six other Boilermakers. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native is Purdue's career record holder for hitting attempts with 5,578 and ranks second with 1,906 kills. She also has added 1,030 digs, made good on 93 percent of her serve receive chances and put up 302 blocks. The 10-time Big Ten Player of the Week posted double-digit kills in 108 matches, double-digit digs in 41 matches and 38 double-doubles. In 2012, Turner was named as a unanimous All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year after posting 4.48 kills and 2.75 digs per set and 28 aces. 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.