We’ve had good news and bad news about this summer’s Olympics in regards to former Purdue athletes. Multiple divers have qualified to represent the United States in Tokyo, but Robbie Hummel’s 3x3 basketball team was upset in qualifying. Today we found out that a former volleyball star is headed to Tokyo as the first Purdue volleyball player to make the Olympics.
I am so happy for @annie_drews to be selected to the @usavolleyball Olympic Team for Tokyo. Not only is Annie the first @PurdueVB player to compete in the Olympics, she is first woman from our state to make Olympic VB roster. She deserves this. So proud. pic.twitter.com/TjXYENMzU3— Dave Shondell (@DaveShondell) June 7, 2021
Drews starred at Purdue from 2012-15, where she was an All-American as an outside hitter. She has since played professionally in Puerto Rico, Italy, Turkey, and Japan while also competing with he US Senior National Team since 2017. The national team heads to the Olympics ranked second in the world behind China.
She joins the following known former Purdue athletes who will participate in Tokyo:
Brandon Loschiavo - Diving
Steele Johnson - Diving
David Boudia - Diving
Kara Winger - Javelin
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - Shot Put