1996 Season Highlights
A Look At The Boilermakers - The Purdue volleyball team finished the 1996 season with a 13-19 overall record and a 6-14 Big Ten Conference mark for eighth place. Purdue won five more matches overall than in 1995 and moved up one spot in the Big Ten standings. The 13 victories are just one fewer than the Boilermakers had in 1994 and 1995 combined and are the most by a Purdue team since the 1993 squad finished 15-14 overall.
Head Coach Joey Vrazel - Joey Vrazel completed her second season at Purdue and as a collegiate head coach with a 21-39 record.
Double Dipping - With a 13-19 record, Purdue reached double figures in wins for the first time since the 1993 season (15-14).
Record Watch I - Purdue set school season records with 2,066 kills and 1,890 assists. The previous marks were 2,061 kills and 1,777 assists, both in 1987. The Boilermakers recorded 1,791 digs, their most since the 1992 team totaled 1,804.
Record Watch II - Purdue broke the school match record for assists with 91 against Houston on Sept. 14, 1996, then broke it again with 100 against Michigan on Nov. 22, 1996. The old mark was 89. The Boilermakers had 105 kills against Michigan, one shy of the school standard set against Duke on Oct. 15, 1986.
Offensive - Purdue averaged 17.36 kills per game. That figure ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation. Brooke White led the attack with a school-record 4.85 kills per game (the previous mark was 4.73 by Debbie McDonald in 1989, while Lauri Grimes averaged 4.47 kills to rank third on the school list. Purdue averaged 15.88 assists (second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation) behind Linda Menconi's averaged of 10.87 per game. Taryn Catlin averaged 11.08 assists in conference matches.
True Student-Athletes - A school-record tying seven Boilermakers were named Academic All-Big Ten: Lauri Grimes, Sarina Harris, Sue Jurkonis, Kelli Kerkhoff, Linda Menconi, Connie Paul and Brooke White. Purdue had seven academic honorees in 1995, as well. Grimes also was an Academic All-District V selection.
Through The Turnstiles - Purdue averaged 1,365 fans per home match to rank among the Big Ten and national leaders. That figure represents 83 percent capacity of the then 1,650-seat Intercollegiate Athletic Facility. The average is the second-best in school history behind 1,444 per match during the 1993 season.
White Lightning I - Brooke White tied the school record of 32 kills against Weber State on Aug. 31 and did so a second time against Illinois on Oct. 11. Marianne Smith (at Texas A&M on Oct. 12, 1985) and Darcy Jones (vs. Northern Illinois on Sept. 11, 1992) also share the standard. White tallied 31 kills against Houston on Sept. 14 and against Michigan on Nov. 22. Her four 30-plus kills matches are both school season and career records.
White Lightning II - Brooke White totaled 577 kills to rank second on the school season list behind Debbie McDonald with 597 in 1989. White's .335 hitting percentage is tied for sixth on the season list and the highest by a Boilermaker since Donna Gill hit at a .335 clip during the 1992 campaign.
Elite Company I - Lauri Grimes concluded her career with 1,437 kills, 1,012 digs, 301 total blocks and 102 service aces. She is one of just four players in Purdue history to total 1,000 kills 1,000 digs, 300-blocks and 100 aces. The others are Debbie McDonald (1986-89), Linda Reichl (1984-87) and Jill Whiteman (1987-90).
Elite Company II - Brooke White finished her career second on Purdue's career kills list (1,642), sixth in total blocks (396), tied for eighth in service aces (152) and ninth in digs (961). She is one of only three players in school history to rank among the top 10 in those four categories. The others are Debbie McDonald (1986-89) and Jill Whiteman (1987-90).
The Grimes Reaper - Lauri Grimes totaled 501 kills to rank ninth on the school season list. Her average of 3.02 digs ranks 10th.
Dig It - Kelli Kerkhoff (1,032) and Lauri Grimes (1,012) became just the seventh and eighth Purdue players to amass 1,000 career digs.
Team Awards - Lauri Grimes and Brooke White were named Purdue's co-Most Valuable Players. Grimes, who was the team's 1995 MVP, also received the Best Defensive Player Award, while White also received the Best Offensive Player Award and the Cover Award (for getting to the most blocked hitting attempts). Other awards presented were the Helen B. Schleman Academic Award to Sarina Harris, the Vision/Black Hole Award (for getting to the most balls in the middle of the court) to Kelli Kerkhoff, the Coaches Award (for always giving 100 percent and doing whatever it takes to help the team) to Linda Menconi and the Most Improved Player Award to Connie Paul. Kerkhoff also was the team's Red Mackey Award nominee (for a fifth year of scholarship aid).