WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
PrepVolleyball’s 20th ranked recruiting class in the nation is looking to be an essential piece to Purdue’s success in 2017 as the four newcomers continue to corral accolades as they conclude their high school and club careers. Caitlyn Newton, Hayley Bush, Jena Otec and Julianna Reisinger are all set to begin their next chapter as Purdue Boilermakers.
One of the four newcomers has already begun training and competing alongside the Boilermakers as Newton arrived on campus in January and has impressed the coaches as capable option on the pins. During the European Tour the Terre Haute, Indiana, native dropped 22 kills on 62 swings against some of the world’s toughest competition overseas.
Otec was named the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year after leading St. Pius X High School to a 36-4 record and a Class 2 state championship this past season. She led the Lancers with 491 kills, 343 digs, 43 blocks and 42 service aces as a senior while also posting a .516 hitting percentage. She finishes her high school career with 1,748 kills and 1,349 digs. PrepVolleyball also named the Crystal City, Missouri, native one of the nation’s best 13 prep defensive players.
Reisinger was named as a Top 250 Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball but has emerged as an elite libero in this year’s class. After her club and high school seasons, Reisinger was named First Team All-Orange County, First Team Division-I CIF and was named to PrepVolleyball’s first team of Defensive Dandies thanks to 403 digs and 33 aces at Santa Margarita Catholic. The first team of Defensive Dandies recognizes the nation’s top 13 full-time defensive student-athletes.
Bush was most recently recognized as the Cincinnati Area Player of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer. The setter out of Union, Kentucky set in a 5-1 for the first time in her career as a senior and has seen great improvement in her game. PrepVolleyball described her as perhaps the best defensive setter to ever arrive in West Lafayette as a freshman.