Amanda Neill making the most of her opportunity

October 4th, 2012 at 9:07 pm by under Sports 18

Former McCutcheon Maverick Amanda Neill saw her first action for Purdue this past weekend, as she earned playing time in the Boilermaker rotation in wins over Northwestern and Illinois.

After not traveling with the Boilermakers earlier this year, Neill made sure Coach Shondell’s decision to give his freshman a chance would pay off. Neill came up big with 29 digs to help the Boilermakers improve to 4-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1990.

“My mom and dad were able to come to Friday night’s game and on Saturday night, I had planned to have 15 of my family members to come even if I wasn’t starting. So, when they showed up, it was a great surprise for them,” said Amanda Neill.

Neill’s 18 digs versus Northwestern were a team high. She served an ace in each of her first two career matches and also collected her first career kills against Northwestern.

There will undoubtedly be ups and downs for #7 as she works through her freshman year of college but she has already proven that she belongs on the court for the old gold and black.

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