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With deep roots in West Lafayette, Purdue middle blocker followed in her family’s footsteps as she made the decision to play for Purdue. Her dad, Roosevelt, played football at Purdue and her brother, Myles, is a top basketball commit for the Boilers. As Raven has become a cornerstone for the Boilermakers volleyball team on their way to a 14-2 start to the season, Raven has been one of the top middle blockers in the country in just her sophomore year in West Lafayette. As she hopes to lead the Boilermakers to a national championship, she is guided by faith along her journey.

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Raven’s family has always been involved in the church, and she says that her parents laid a strong foundation for her and her brother growing up.

“My faith and believing in God, in general, has always been in my life. My family and I would always go to church and we even would be ushers every 3rd Sunday.”

Raven says that being in college has brought its own struggles and challenges over the last couple of years, but her faith has been becoming more important than ever.

“Now that I’ve been in college for a year, being consistent in my beliefs and faith has been hard to keep up with if I’m being honest. With this year being my sophomore year I am settled and I am starting to get back involved more in my faith.”

During the 2021 season, Raven was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and was also chosen to compete with the U21 U.S. National Team in the summer of 2022, where she and the US team brought home the gold. As she has built on that success during her second season with Purdue, she says her faith guides her as an athlete every day.

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“Faith plays a major role in my volleyball career. It is definitely something that gives me another purpose for why I play. God has blessed me to be able to be athletic and play a sport. Volleyball has become my way of giving Him glory.”

With her career only just beginning, the sky’s the limit for Raven and her success over the years. As she draws the attention of fans throughout the country, she hopes to always play for something bigger than herself.

“The biggest impact I want to have on people, especially young girls, is to just get into the sport of volleyball and as you get older know that it’s ok to love God and devote your purpose to Him.”

As Raven and the Boilers prepare for the rest of conference play, Raven hopes to do just that as she leads others in grace and humility and continues being a light everywhere she goes.

With her brother committed to joining the Boilermakers basketball team in 2023, the Colvin name will continue to be known all throughout the state of Indiana. A close relationship with one another, Raven says she cannot wait for the chance to both compete for Purdue. Looking at this season, Raven says she knows this Boilermaker team is capable of competing with the very best. As Coach Dave Shondell and the Boilermakers volleyball team prepare for the rest of the season, they look to inspire others by the way they carry themselves both on and off the court during every match.

 

Ethan Kruse

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