Student-Athlete of the Week

Nov. 14, 2011

Laramie, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week

Jodi Purdy

Your team is headed to the MWC Championships this weekend. What is the team's attitude like when it comes to preparing for those games?
We are so fired up! We know that these games are extremely important, and we definitely want to do well and do work at the tournament. We're also like sisters. We try to keep the perspective that these last few weeks together are precious and we've just been trying to enjoy every minute of it.

When you play at home, the UW fans are always there to support. Is there another team in the conference that has the fan support like UW that makes it a little bit harder to compete against?
Yeah, CSU has a crazy crowd. We have to be focused and ready to go there. Most teams in our conference get a descent crowd with a few hecklers here and there, but there's no crowd like Wyoming!

What made UW the right fit for you coming out of high school?
This is where the good Lord brought me. I fell in love with the coaching staff and the players that I met on my visit and it just felt right.

Throughout your years here, you have been to various tournaments and away games. Where has been your favorite place to play thus far?
IOWA!!! I had so much support back home in my little tiny town and it was really neat for them all to get a chance to come watch me play.

What is it about volleyball that made you want to continue your career to the collegiate level?
I love the "family" aspect of it. You get to celebrate every single point with your teammates. And of course who wouldn't love to jump up in the air and spike a ball straight down. It's a huge adrenaline rush.

Being a student-athlete there is not a lot of free time, but when you do have some what do you like to do?
I like spending time with Jesus in the Word and at bible studies.

Describe a typical day for you during volleyball season.
Wake up, read my Bible, eat breakfast, go to class, eat lunch, go to practice, call my mom if there's time, do homework, eat dinner, try my hardest to get to bed early.

What is the best part about traveling to away games?
The bus rides! We have so much fun singing and being goofy together on the bus. I love my team!

What are your career plans after leaving UW?
I plan on going to physical therapy school somewhere in Colorado.

If you were stranded on an island with one of your teammates, who would you want it to be? Why?
Hmm that's tough, probably Calli Miller. She'd whip out some mad rapping skills to keep me entertained, she's feisty so she would definitely be a good hunter, and she would pray with me!

If you could add one rule to the game of volleyball what would it be? What about removing one?
If I could add a rule it would be that each team would get one whoops and get to redo a play. Then we'd get one more shot if something didn't go our way. If I could remove a rule, I'd take away the rule that liberos can't attack above the height of the net. Becky's a stud hitter and she'd definitely rack up the kills for us if she could hit.

If you could choose one restaurant to come to Laramie, what would it be?
Dairy Queen!!! Delicious ice cream and French fries, you can't go wrong!

If you could trade lives with anyone for one day, who would it be?
Candace Parker. She can dunk! That would be a sweet thing to try!