Dec. 6, 1997

Catlin Named 1997 Purdue Volleyball's Most Valuable Player

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sophomore setter Taryn Catlin was named the Purdue volleyball 's Most Valuable Player for the 1997 season at the team's 19th-annual recognition banquet held Dec. 6 at the University Inn. The banquet was sponsored by the Epsilon Chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa with media partner WAZY Radio (96.5 FM).

Catlin, who also received the Coaches Award (for always giving 100 percent and doing whatever it takes to help the team), started all 31 matches for the Boilermakers and appeared in 106 of 111 games. She totaled 1,302 assists, the 10th-highest total in school history, while orchestrating Purdue's offense that averaged 16.71kills per game. Catlin averaged 12.28 assists, 1.37 digs and 0.40 blocks per game to go with 21 serve aces.

Sophomore middle blocker Sarah Emke received both the Best Offensive Player and Most Improved Player awards. Freshman Katie Gibbons received the Best Defensive Player Award. Other awards presented were the Cover Award to sophomore outside hitter Kelly Colangelo, the Indomitable Spirit Award to senior setter Linda Menconi and the Helen B. Schleman Academic Award to senior Sarina Harris for the third consecutive year. Menconi also was the team's Red Mackey Award nominee (for a fifth year of scholarship aid).

Earlier, Catlin, Colangelo, Harris, Menconi and Connie Paul were named Academic All-Big Ten. Purdue has had 50 Academic All-Big Ten salutations, the most of any conference school.

The Boilermakers, under third-year head coach Joey Vrazel, finished the season with a 10-21 overall record and a 3-17 Big Ten Conference mark for 10th place. Highlights of the campaign included winning the Mortar Board Purdue Premier on Sept. 5-6 and sweeping intrastate rival Indiana in the Monon Spike match for the second straight year Nov. 15. Purdue also appeared on SportsChannel/Fox Sports Chicago regional television on three occasions.