Purdue volleyball signs four to 2017 recruiting class

Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports
Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The Boilermaker volleyball team is adding four players to its 2017 roster, all among the nation’s Top 250 seniors, including three ranked in the Top 100.

Setter/outside hitter Hayley Bush (Union, Ky.), outside hitter Caitlyn Newton (Terre Haute, Ind.), libero Jena Otec (Crystal City, Mo.) and defensive specialist Julianna Reisinger (Coto de Caza, Calif), make up the group.

“We have four terrific young women that have committed to Purdue University, all of which I really like and I am really looking forward to having on our team,” head coach Dave Shondell said. “It is a really good class. It is not going to be a class that you are going to see in the top 10 or maybe even the top 15, but it is what we need. It is adding depth to that back court role where I think we are going to be great down the road. It gives us the outside hitter that we need. It gives us a setter that will probably redshirt this year, but will be a factor down the road. We also will probably add a transfer to that group to help solve all of our problems.”

Bush, a 5-11 setter/outside hitter from Ryle High School, is an AVCA/Under Armour Third Team All-America selection, who checked in at No. 73 on PrepVolleyball.com’s list of Senior Aces and also was a two-time member of the AVCA’s Phenom list. Thus far as a senior, Bush has been named to PrepVolleyball’s state by state Player of the Year watchlist, as well as to the 33rd District and Region 9 all-tournament teams. A second team all-state and first team Division I selection as a junior, Bush was named as one of Prep Volleyball’s Top 50 Junior Recruits, to the AVCA National Phenom List and the JVA Watch List, while leading her team to a 19-17 mark and district runner-up spot. She also earned her third straight KHSAA 9th Region all-tournament team nod and second straight 33rd District all-tournament team accolade as a junior. Her sophomore season brought Cincinnati Enquirer Legends of the Fall first team honors, Prep Volleyball Sophomore 79 mention, Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference All-Star Team inclusion and first team Division I accolades. As a rookie, Bush was a second team Division I honoree, while also garnering special honorable mention on Prep Volleyball’s Best 59 freshmen playing varsity list. The daughter of Greg and Heather Bush, Hayley plays for the NKYVC 18-1 Tsunami team after winning the 17’s national championship in Indianapolis in 2016, during which she earned all-tournament team nods. Her 15-1 Tsunami team finished second at the national championship in 2014. The National Honor Society member has a sister Ashley, who is a sophomore setter on the Northwestern volleyball team.

Newton, a 6-1 outside hitter from Terre Haute South Vigo, is listed at No. 59 among PrepVolleyball.com’s Senior Aces and also was named to the Preseason High School All-American watch list in 2016. A three-time all-conference honoree, Newton led her team in kills each of her four years and in aces her freshman through junior seasons. She snapped the school record for kills in a match with 39 against Terre Haute North in August en route to Indianapolis Star High School Athlete of the Week honors and went on to set the school record for career kills (1,587). The daughter of Donald Scott and Anna Newton Scott, Caitlyn was selected to participate in the USA A-1 Youth National program during the summers of 2014 and 2015. The honor roll member plays club for the Crossroads of America, which finished fifth in the 18s club division in 2015 and 2016 as she earned all-star team honors each season.

Otec, a 5-10 libero/outside hitter from St. Pius X, is an AVCA/Under Armour Honorable Mention All-America selection and a four-time first team all-state honoree, who was ranked as the No. 79 Senior Ace on PrepVolleyball.com’s listing. She led her team to the state title in 2016, to runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2013 and a third place finish in 2014. Thus far as a senior, Otec has been named first team all-state, all-region, all-conference and all-district. The 2014 and 2015 Jefferson County Small School Player of the Year also garnered first team all-state class 3, all-conference, all-southeast region and all-metro honors as a junior after averaging 6.52 kills per set and adding 314 digs and 37 aces. A three-time first team all-conference, all-region and all-state selection, Otec garnered third team all-metro honors as a freshman and second team accolades as a sophomore. She was among Prep Volleyball’s Soph 79 and one of the site’s 30 finalists for Sophomore of the Year. A three-time member of the Regional Radio Fall Sports Dream Team, Otec garnered Regional Radio Volleyball Player of the Year honors her sophomore and junior years. As a rookie, she earned academic all-state honors and also was named as a MaxPreps Freshman Volleyball All-American. The daughter of Chuck and Shelley Otec, Jena plays club for the Rockwood Thunder, which finished third in the open division at the 2016 national championships. The National Honor Society and honor roll member also earned the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence.

Reisinger, a 5-7 defensive specialist from Santa Margarita Catholic, is an AVCA/Under Armour Third Team All-America selection, who ranked among Prep Volleyball’s 250 Senior Aces. As a senior captain, Reisinger has led Santa Margarita to the Trinity League title and CIF Southern Section semi-finals, while leading the team in digs and aces. She also has garnered Durango All-Tournament team honors, Prep Volleyball’s Durango Dream Team accolades and Orange County Register Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors. As a junior, she was a second team all-Trinity League selection and led the team in aces.The daughter of Keith and Sara Reisinger, Julianna played club for the Laguna Beach VBC, which has finished in the Top 20 at open nationals four of the last five years, and is now with the A4 Volleyball Club. The National Honor Society member and four-year honor roll member comes from a family of Purdue alumni: father, Keith; grandfather Wayne; aunt Terri; uncle Kevin; brothers Eric and John and cousins Adam and Justin.

The Boilermakers graduate just one player, middle blocker Faye Adelaja, from the 2016 team, which is currently 15-10 overall and looking to make the program’s 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 13 years. Purdue faces No. 13 Michigan State tonight at 7 p.m. ET.