Oct. 17, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Each of Purdue's fall sports teams is on the road this weekend.
Soccer (8-5-1, 3-3-0 Big Ten) plays at Michigan State at 4 p.m. Friday before visiting 12th-ranked Michigan at 3 p.m. Sunday. The 25th-ranked volleyball team (11-6, 2-4) travels to Iowa for a 7 p.m. CT match Friday and to No. 8 Nebraska for a 7 p.m. CT match Saturday. Football (1-5, 0-2) takes on Michigan State at noon Saturday. Both cross country squads run in the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday.
In addition, the women's golf team continues its fall schedule at the Hoosier Fall Invitational in Indianapolis on Saturday and Sunday, while women's tennis plays at the ITA Regionals in Memphis, Tenn., Friday through Monday.
No Bags Allowed Inside Spartan Stadium
Fans attending the football game at Michigan State should be aware that no bags or purses are allowed inside Spartan Stadium. No backpacks, purses of any size, camera cases, binocular cases, wallets not stored in pockets, bags, diaper bags and seat cushions with pockets that are used for storage. If any of these bags are attached to a person's waist or wrist, they still are not allowed. In addition, there no longer is a "Family Needs" entrance (diaper bags are no longer allowed in at this gate or any other gate). Gates C and K are only for those individuals with true medical needs. Individuals entering at those gates may bring the medical items in any bag.
The women's swimming and diving team raises the curtain on its season Friday at Miami (Ohio) before joining the men's squad for the third-annual Breaststroke 4 Hope swim-a-thon at noon Saturday at Holloway Pool. The fundraising event for breast cancer research, prevention and awareness is expected to involve more than 250 participants.
Men's Golf Enjoying Strong Fall
The 44th-ranked men's golf team has enjoyed a strong fall season, most recently finishing second at the Crooked Stick Invitational in Carmel, Ind., earlier this week. The Boilermakers finished 16-over par for the three-round event, just five strokes behind No. 25 Arkansas and one shot better than No. 6 Georgia. Senior Adam Schenk fired a tournament-best four-under par 68 in the final round to finish in second place with a one-under par 215, three shots behind Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelan. Purdue, under new coach Rob Bradley, wraps up its fall slate Oct. 25-26 at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C.
Medinilla Makes History
Freshman Ricky Medinilla became the first player under fifth-year head coach Pawel Gajdzik to advance to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships, which concluded Monday. Medinilla won five matches, two of them in straight sets, while taking down three upperclassmen to improve to 12-3 in fall competition. He reached the semifinals with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kevin Lai of Kentucky before falling to top-ranked Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee, 6-3, 6-3. The Boilermakers play host to the Big Ten Singles Championships from Oct. 25 to 28 at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
Men's Basketball Single-Game Tickets on Sale
Single-game tickets for the upcoming men's basketball season are on sale, as are 5-Game Mini Plans and season tickets. Click here for more information or here to purchase online. The Athletic Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket office may be reached by phone at 765-494-3194 and 800-49-SPORT.
Football Banquet Tickets on Sale
Make plans now to attend the 93rd-annual Purdue Football-Kiwanis Senior Appreciation Banquet on Dec. 8 at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. Tickets are $30 each. The festivities will begin at 12:45 p.m. and will feature player awards, season highlights and coaches comments. If you buy six or seven tickets at a table, the remaining one or two seats will be filled with a member of the football team. For more information, call Jerry Schmaltz at 765-464-1305. Click here for a ticket order form.
More Impressive Numbers on Tailgate Recycling
The Black & Gold & Green Tailgate team of student volunteers that promote recycling reported an all-time high diversion rate of 44.6 percent for the football game against Nebraska on Oct. 12. Diversion rate is the percentage of waste diverted from the landfill calculated by weight. A record number of 43 volunteers handed out recycling bags.
A reminder that the start time for the volleyball team's home match against Indiana on Oct. 22 is 8 p.m. ... Following that match, which will be televised live on BTN, the network will air the latest episode of "Boiler Bytes," which includes a feature on the athletic department's John R. Wooden Leadership Institute ... The Big Ten has announced conference football schedules for 2018 and 2019 ... Fifty-six years ago on Oct. 19, the football team defeated No. 1-ranked Michigan State 20-13 in East Lansing.