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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 5 56 BY KYLE CHARTERS L ast fall felt foreign to Hayley Bush. Redshirting her first semester at Purdue, the then-reserve setter could relax. She could stay in the background. She could go to games know- ing she wasn't going to play, with her role largely limited to cheering. And she wasn't comfortable. Bush is a competitor, feeling that it's in those mo- ments of battle that she thrives. "I feel good in situations where people are relying on me," the Union, Ky., native said. "I like the pres- sure. If anyone has to take it, I think I do a good job of taking it and understanding what my role is on the court. I've always been a person who likes that, taking on the pressure." There's plenty of it now. With the graduation of Ashley Evans and the departure of Lexi Dorn — the latter likely transferring to find a better opportunity to start — Bush has ascended to not only the Boiler- makers' starting setter, but its only setter. So during the spring season, with Purdue playing five matches in March and April, she's had to adjust quickly to being back on the court full time. "She's ready for it," Coach Dave Shondell said. "She's a really tough kid and has very high expec- tations of what she can do and where she should be and what her role should be with this program. She's actually progressed well ahead of where I thought she might be at this point." Preparation is key. Although Bush wasn't an integral part of the Boil- ermakers last season, it wasn't a wasted semester Inviting The Competition New setter adjusting to starting role Purdue Athletics Redshirt freshman Hayley Bush has a big role to fill, taking over Purdue's setting duties from Academic All-American Ashley Evans.

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