“It’s amazing, I’d rather have more people there than less people there, even if they’re cheering against us. We went to Missouri and they are black and yellow, and they had that place packed. We just went in there saying ‘That’s black and gold for us, that’s not black and yellow for Missouri’ so that was a really big positive for us.” said Fox. “And when we went to Illinois, that was close to home, and our band and our cheerleaders and a huge amount of fans came. That was a really fun atmosphere.”
The run came to end, though, against another Big Ten team, Wisconsin, in the regional final at Illinois by a 3-1 score on Dec. 14. Wisconsin would go on to fall in the national championship game to Penn State, capping a tournament that was dominated by the Big Ten.
Fox said playing against Big Ten competition was a key to Purdue’s postseason success. The conference sent eight teams to the NCAA Tournament, and seven Big Ten teams reached the Sweet 16, the most ever by any conference.
“It’s such an advantage playing the competition throughout the year. It builds you up, it builds your strength up, you had to play the Big Ten back-to-back during the season, so it your kind of used to that once you get to the tournament.”
As a senior, Fox played in all 31 matches, including starting 15 matches, and was second on the Boilermakers in digs. While playing for the Lady Vikings, was Fox was known as the big hitter who rained devastating kills down on helpless opponents. But at Purdue Fox got to see the other end of the spike.
“Everybody at Barr-Reeve knows me as the big hitter, the middle, who kind of creamed it down people’s faces. And I totally changed my position. I’m so glad that I did that. I got to experience two things during my life,” said Fox. “Basically in college, I was playing against who I used to be in high school, and that was a blast. People would say ‘I didn’t know you played back row’ and it was hard to change your mindset of how you play. But it was awesome to be able to do that.”