Jamie Lowther knows her time at Purdue
North Central is coming to a close. That's why for the 5'8" senior, leaving her
mark on PNC volleyball is a big deal.
"I just want to be able to say that I
was a major contribution to the growth of the program," said Lowther.
Panthers' head coach Brian Erminger was
tasked with turning around a struggling program. From a roster suffering
experiencing a lot of turnover to coaching the team by himself, Erminger has
had an uphill battle. One thing he hasn't had to worry about is senior
leadership. Lowther along with Brittany Piaseczny were two of the three
returning players from last years' squad.
"Jamie is quite the asset. She brings a
lot of excitement and a lot of enthusiasm, she's just a very competitive
player," said Erminger.
Lowther suffered an injury last weekend
during the Manchester tournament, but that hasn't stopped her from being an
instrumental part of the team.
"With the recent injury to her thumb, we've
wanted to be careful with her, but with this being her senior year, she's not
letting anything stop her. She's a tremendous leader on and off the court and
she's the type of athlete we're looking for at PNC. I see great things
happening for her," said Erminger when asked about Lowther's toughness.
When the season is over, Lowther will
graduate in the spring with a Bachelor's degree in Business. She is excited to
pursue a career in marketing and event planning.
However, she plans to cherish every
moment she has left with the team.
"I don't know what I'm going to do after
this season is over. It's hard to think that is the last competitive volleyball
I'll ever participate in. Me and Brittany joke about getting into an "old
persons' league," once this season is over," Lowther said with a laugh.
When asked to predict where the
volleyball team will be in a few years, Lowther is optimistic saying "The
program is in good hands with coach Erminger. He's really committed to the team
and he's been putting in the time and effort, which I really appreciate."
Though it's still early, the outside
hitter from Washington Township high school is enjoying a fine senior campaign.
Lowther has already been named the CCAC "Player of the Week" for the week of
August 27th, 2012 and recorded a triple double (12 kills, 26
assists, and 14 digs) against rival Purdue Calumet.
Lowther will continue to be a role model
on and off the court for the Panthers (4-12, 0-4 CCAC) as this season wraps up.
"The season started out a bit rough, but we're showing signs of improvement. We're working on communicating, executing, and finishing as a team," said Lowther.