Sept. 29, 2015
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior outside hitter Annie Drews carried the bulk of the offensive load for the Boilermakers in 2014, en route to AVCA Honorable Mention All-America, honorable mention All-Northeast Region and All-Big Ten honors.
In 2015, Drews is surrounded by plenty of talent, but thus far is again leading the way for Purdue with 4.23 kills per set. She has led the team in kills nine times and posted double-digit tallies in 10 matches. Drews also is the newest member of the 1,000-kill club, recording her milestone putaway against Notre Dame on Sept. 19. New to her game this year is a six-rotation effort, which has led her to her first double-double, combining 14 kills and 10 digs against Ohio.
Get to know Annie through the eyes of her teammates in the video above, then get the inside scoop on the senior through a fun Q&A and look at her favorite things below.
Sweet or salty: Both mixed together
Chocolate or vanilla: Dark Chocolate
Dogs or cats: Dogs
Cooking or eating: Both. Simultaneously
Vacation: To the quiet country or to the big city: Quiet Country
Coolest place I've ever been/or most unique locale: Croatia, it's stunning
Place I dream of visiting someday: Charleston, South Carolina
Person I look up to most & why: Jesus, came, loved, and sacrificed for all. Seems pretty legit to me.
Best feeling: stuff block or big kill: stuff block
Best Feeling: service ace or big diving save: Big diving save
Favorite thing about my position: There's not a lot of trick plays or sets to it, you mainly get a standard set and just get to hit the garbage out of the ball!
Three words that describe me: weird, funny, loving
One word to describe my game: energetic
Team I am most excited to play in 2015: Penn State, the only team I have never won against at Purdue.
My most memorable sports moment: Probably beating Nebraska at Nebraska or undefeated Missouri in 2013- both were matches at times where we were making a lot of changes and they were HUGE emotional momentum builders. The most memorable ones for me are the ones at times when it pulled our team together the most.
Celebrity crush: Matthew McConaughey
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Emma Stone. Awkward, but still socially acceptable.
Person I would like to have dinner with: Shauna Niequist. My favorite author, she has tons of Godly wisdom and maturity.
Best non-athletic talent: Cooking
My stupid human trick is: My shoulders pop out of socket, and I'm a good whistler.
Dream job: Something where I can be outside and work with people.
Song I have to listen to before a game: Really whatever works. Not too picky.
Favorite thing about playing in Holloway Gymnasium: Game lights & Boiler Box Band
My favorite place to play in the Big Ten, besides home: Nebraska
Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: Family. They do a great job of making me appreciate where I came from while still pushing me to do something with my life that is challenging and fulfilling.
Favorite sweet treat: Dark chocolate anything
Favorite ice cream flavor: sea salt caramel
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite sport besides volleyball:
Favorite sports team: Purdue Volleyball
Favorite Athlete: Kelly Murphy, Opposite on Team USA
Favorite TV show: Nashville
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump, Sweet Home Alabama, About Time
Favorite Book: For starters The Bible, The Help, Paper Towns, Redeeming Love. I really enjoy reading
Favorite Musical Artist: Anything country, I really enjoy Zac Brown Band
Favorite type of pizza: Fancy, weird combination pizzas
Favorite Actor & Actress: Blake Lively
Favorite Food: Avocados
Favorite place on campus: The Union
Favorite city: Any city in Michigan
Favorite outdoor activity:Boating or walking
Favorite animal/furry friend: dogs
Favorite class at Purdue: Anthropology class about food, nutrition, and agriculture in other countries.
Favorite Purdue professor: Chef Nelly Farmer