Since Juan just turned 21 today, writing duties have been turned back over to me for the time being. In other volleyball news, the callout for the Block Party is this Friday and if you're a Purdue student and not there, you're missing out. Today we're looking at a player who came up big last year and in spring training as valuable replacement for Carly Cramer.
Hillary Fox (Junior)
Montgomery, Ind. (Barr Reeve HS)
Defensive Specialist/Outside Hitter
2012 Projection: Backrow Rotation
Hillary Fox is a player who came into Purdue as a very good outside hitter who broke her school's record for kills as a junior. A very good athlete who also set the career rebounding record at her school, let's just say the transition to the back row wasn't an impossible task.
She played in 23 matches last year once Cramer was injured and played fairly well. She averaged 1.45 digs per set with six aces (3 against Florida State) and nine assists. She had double digit digs twice: 11 at Michigan and 15 against Florida State in the Sweet 16. She was very consistent returning serves and it seems she was playing at her best at the end of the year.
I was talking to Carly today and she talked about how much the experience helped Hillary and Amanda Miller in her development from last year to this year. The other good news she told me is that she's good to go for the volleyball season and she sees the doctor for the last time this week.
With that news, I expect Hillary to be a part of the back row, but a healthy Carly Cramer is the starter at libero at all times, with Fox, Miller, and a freshman or two as the back row regulars this season. Either way it's looking to be a stacked team in the front and in the back.