April 20, 2018
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Volleyball alumna Annie Drews is invited back to USA Volleyball's 26-player preliminary roster for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League that officially opens the 2018 season. The 2015 graduate enjoyed a stellar rookie season with the national team in the summer of 2017 and is coming off a club season in Italy with VBC Pomì Casalmaggiore.
Per FIVB regulations, the 26-player preliminary roster will be trimmed to 21 players by May 5, which every week's 14-player roster must be selected from. Each country must declare its 14-player roster two days before the start of each week's round-robin competition.
The FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) is in its first year replacing the long-standing FIVB World Grand Prix. The VNL has five consecutive weeks of preliminary round matches where 16 teams play in one of four round-robin pods each week around the world.
The U.S. Women, ranked second in the world by the FIVB, open the FIVB Volleyball Nations League against No. 22 Poland on May 15, followed by No. 12 Turkey on May 16 and No. 7 Italy on May 17. All three USA matches begin at 7 p.m. CT. The matches will be played at the Devaney Center on the University of Nebraska campus.
In her rookie season with USA, the all-american appeared in 55 sets for the United States and terminated 164 of her 381 attempts with 57 errors giving her a .281 hitting percentage and a 2.98 kills per set average. She complemented her scoring efforts with 23 blocks and six aces as well. While enjoying her success with Team USA.