1975 - Volleyball becomes an intercollegiate sport at Purdue ... Carol Dewey is named head coach ... the Boilermakers record their first-ever win Sept. 27 vs. Carthage at the Illinois State Invitational and finish with a 15-16 record ... Purdue goes 3-3 at the Big Ten Tournament to place fourth ... the Boilermakers are second at the IAIAW State Tournament and earn a bid to the MAIAW Midwest Regional, where they tie for ninth.
1976 - The wheels start rolling as a streak of 10 straight 20-win seasons begins with a 21-16 record ... Purdue goes 7-5 at the Big Ten Tournament for fourth place ... the Boilermakers win the Ball State Invitational after winning eight of 10 games over four matches ... they finish third at the IAIAW State Tournament.
1977 - The Boilermakers post a 25-11 record ... Barbara Barnes, Mary Fischl and Becky Held are the program's first recruited athletes ... Purdue is fourth at the Big Ten Tournament for the third straight season with a 5-3 record ... the Boilermakers are third at the IAIAW State Tournament after splitting their four matches ... Denise Davault sets a school season record with a .355 hitting percentage.
1978 - Purdue bursts onto the national scene, winning 20 of its first 21 matches en route to a school record of 38 wins and 38-9 mark ... the Boilermakers win the Michigan State and Indiana invitationals ... they are fifth at the Big Ten Tournament with a 2-2 record, then go on to claim championships at the IAIAW State Tournament with a 4-0 mark and the MAIAW Midwest Regional with a 5-0 mark ... Joanie Kampen is named to the regional all-tournament team ... the regional crown sends the Boilermakers to the AIAW Nationals, where after losing their first three matches they rebound with two wins to tie for 13th place among 24 teams ... Denise Davault finishes her career with a school-record .331 hitting percentage.
1979 - Volleyball becomes Purdue's first women's revenue sport ... Carol Dewey is elevated to full-time coaching status ... Miriam Quinnett and JoAnn Wissen receive the program's first two full scholarships ... Purdue goes 33-16 and wins its first Big Ten championship by going 6-0 at the conference tournament ... the Boilermakers win their second straight IAIAW State Tournament, are second at the MAIAW Midwest Regional and place 12th among 20 teams at the AIAW Nationals ... Colleen DeMeyer, Mary Fischl and Becky Held are named to the regional all-tournament team ... DeMeyer sets a school season record with 1,512 hitting attempts.
1980 - The Boilermakers celebrate the new decade with another banner year ... they tie the school record for wins in a season en route to a 38-15 mark and win their second straight Big Ten championship with another flawless 6-0 record at the conference tournament ... Mary Fischl and Becky Held are Purdue's first All-Big Ten selections ... the Boilermakers continue to dominate the state of Indiana by winning their third IAIAW State Tournament in a row ... they improve their three-year record vs. intrastate schools to 23-0 ... Fischl and Held are named to the MAIAW Midwest Regional All-Tournament team.
1981 - It's a landmark year for women's athletics as for the first time the Big Ten officially recognizes women's athletics and begins sanctioning league championships ... it also marks the first year the NCAA takes women's sports under its wings ... Purdue posts a 34-8 record and finishes third at the final Big Ten Tournament with a 5-1 mark ... Kate Crandell and Jane Neff are named all-conference ... the Boilermakers defeat Tennessee in their first-ever NCAA Tournament match before falling to UCLA in five games in the South Regional to finish in a ninth-place tie nationally ... Neff and JoAnn Wissen are named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team ... Neff sets a school season record with 75 block solos and is runner-up for Big Ten Athlete-of-the-Year ... the Boilermakers set a school record with 230 block solos ... Donna Hardesty and Anne McMenamy create the Monon Spike as a traveling trophy to be given to the winner of one Purdue-Indiana match each year.
1982 - Purdue has its finest season ... the Multi-Purpose Athletic Facility (now Intercollegiate Athletic Facility) is completed and serves as the team's new home ... the Boilermakers win their first 33 matches before ending the year 33-1 ... they go 13-0 to finish first in the Big Ten East Division, then host the inaugural Big Ten Championship and top Minnesota and Northwestern to win their third conference crown in four years ... Kate Crandell, Jane Neff and JoAnn Wissen are All-Big Ten ... Purdue defeats Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, then hosts the Mideast Regional and rallies in dramatic fashion to top Nebraska in the semifinals after being down 2-0 ... the Boilermakers lose to USC in the regional finals to finish in a fifth-place tie nationally for their best-ever showing ... Crandell and Joan King are named to the regional all-tournament team ... Neff caps her career by being named honorable mention All-American and first team Academic All-American ... Annette Bauer is chosen for the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival team ... Carol Dewey is a finalist for national Coach-of-the-Year honors ... Hoosline sets a school match record with 13 block assists at Illinois State on Oct. 20 ... the Boilermakers set school match records with 22 service aces at Minnesota on Oct. 2 and 27.5 total blocks at Illinois State on Oct. 20 ... they hit a school season record of .285 for the year.
1983 - Purdue goes 26-6 and again coasts through the Big Ten regular season with a 13-0 mark in the East Division for first place ... the Boilermakers beat Iowa in the conference tournament before losing to Northwestern in the finals ... they defeat Illinois State in the NCAA Tournament first round, then host the Mideast Regional and fall to Western Michigan in the semifinals before a Multi-Purpose Athletic Facility (now IAF) record crowd of 1,862 to tie for ninth place nationally ... Purdue sets a school match record with a .560 hitting percentage vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 8 while playing its shortest match in history at 41 minutes ... Purdue sets a school match record with 18 block solos vs. Northwestern on Oct. 15 ... Annette Bauer is named first team All-Big Ten and Kate Crandell, Jan Hoosline and Joan King are second team ... Crandell and Kim Corwin are named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team ... Jan Hoosline is named third team Academic All-American ... Crandell is chosen for the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival team and Becky Winsett is selected to the Athletes in Action team ... Marianne Smith leads the Big Ten in hitting percentage with a .363 mark in conference matches and Hoosline ties for the lead with 32 service aces ... Crandell sets a school match record with eight block solos vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 7 ... Hoosline finishes her career with a school record of 228 service aces ... Purdue is ranked No. 6 nationally the week of Nov. 15, the highest ranking ever in its history.
1984 - The Boilermakers are 25-12 ... Big Ten dominance continues as they go 10-3 and finish first in the East Division and improve their regular-season record to 36-3 over the last three seasons ... Purdue hosts the conference tournament and for the second straight year and downs Iowa before losing to Northwestern in the finals ... Purdue closes the regular season with a Thanksgiving trip to California and defeats San Jose State and California on consecutive nights after being down 2-0 ... the Boilermakers lose at San Jose State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Kate Crandell and Marianne Smith are first team All-Big Ten and Annette Bauer and Kim Corwin earn second team honors ... Crandell earns all-conference laurels for the fourth straight year ... Smith is the Big Ten Player-of-the-Year and second team All-American ... she sets a school season record with 93 service aces with her famed jump serve ... Bauer is first team Academic All-American ... Corwin is chosen for the USA Junior National team ... the Boilermakers tally a school season record of 451 total blocks ... Bauer ends her career with a school record of 4,568 assists while playing every minute of every match and Crandell finishes her career with a school record of 223 block solos.
1985 - The Boilermakers return to the 30-win plateau and claim their fourth overall Big Ten championship and third in the first six seasons of the 1980s ... they finish 34-4 overall and are 17-1 in the first year of conference double round-robin play ... Purdue opens the season with 13 straight wins ... the Boilermakers set an NCAA attendance record with a crowd of 10,645 against Western Michigan for Pac Mac on Oct. 29 in Mackey Arena and set a Big Ten record with a crowd of 3,279 against Illinois on Nov. 5 in Mackey ... Purdue downs Illinois State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, then loses to Nebraska in the Mideast Regional semifinals to tie for ninth place nationally ... Marianne Smith sets school match records with nine service aces vs. Butler on Sept. 13 and 32 kills at Texas A&M on Oct. 12 ... the Boilermakers record 89 assists against Texas A&M ... Linda Reichl has 75 total attempts at Ohio State on Nov. 23 ... Smith is the Big Ten Player-of-the-Year for the second straight season and Purdue's first-ever first team All-American ... she is runner-up for Big Ten Athlete-of-the-Year honors and is selected for the World University Student Games team ... Smith sets a school season record with 212 total blocks and leads the Big Ten in kills with an average of 4.30 in conference matches ... Reichl and Kim Corwin are second team All-Big Ten and Cheryl Flowers is honorable mention ... Flowers is a second team Academic All-America choice ... Reichl is named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team ... she is chosen for the U.S. Junior National and U.S. Olympic Sports Festival teams ... Carol Dewey shares Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year honors ... Smith finishes her career with a school record of 567 total blocks.
1986 - A midyear injury to preseason All-American Linda Reichl plays a key role in the Boilermakers finishing 19-16 and snapping their string of 10 straight 20-win seasons ... they have their first-ever losing record in the Big Ten at 8-10 for sixth place ... Darcy Orin hands out 76 assists vs. Duke on Oct. 15 ... Debbie McDonald is named second team All-Big Ten and the conference Freshman-of-the-Year ... Reichl, Debbie Leeman and Barbara Meeker are honorable mention All-Big Ten ... Leeman and McDonald are All-North Central Region ... Leeman sets a school season record with 148 block assists and leads the Big Ten in total blocks with an average of 1.49 in conference matches ... Purdue sets a school match record with 106 kills vs. Duke on Oct. 15 ... the Boilermakers attract a gathering of 2,789 against Western Michigan on Nov. 11.
1987 - The Boilermakers bounce back with a 24-14 record and finish second in the Big Ten with a 14-4 mark ... they return to the NCAA Tournament and finish in a ninth-place tie after defeating Penn State in the first round and falling to Nebraska in the second round ... Purdue plays host to the NCAA Championships at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis ... Debbie McDonald is second team All-American ... McDonald and Linda Reichl are All-North Central Region and first team All-Big Ten ... Becky Kanitz, Barbara Meeker and Darcy Orin are honorable mention all-conference ... Barbara Meeker is second team Academic All-American ... McDonald is chosen to the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival team and Reichl is selected for the Yugo East-West College All-Star Classic coached by Carol Dewey ... Kanitz leads the Big Ten in service aces with 49 in conference matches and in digs with a conference-record average of 4.49 ... it's a record-breaking year ... two school individual match records are set - McDonald with a 1.000 hitting percentage (13 kills in as many attempts) at North Carolina State on Sept. 25 and Kanitz with 37 digs both at Northwestern on Nov. 7 and at Western Michigan on Nov. 10 ... one school team match record is set - 144 digs at Western Michigan ... two school individual season records are set - Kanitz with 606 digs and Darcy Orin with 1,610 assists ... four school team season records are set - 5,656 total attempts, 386 service aces, 602 block assists and 2,214 digs ... the Boilermakers play a 2:45 marathon match vs. Illinois on Nov. 25 (won by Purdue in five games).
1988 - Purdue goes 19-15 and ties for fifth in the Big Ten at 9-9 ... Debbie McDonald is named second team All-American, All-North Central Region and first team All-Big Ten ... she is selected to the USA National "B" team ... Becky Kanitz is honorable mention all-conference ... Barbara Meeker is named third team Academic All-American ... Kanitz leads the Big Ten in digs for the second straight year with an average of 4.34 in conference matches ... she finishes her career with a school record of 1,564 digs ... the Boilermakers' 782 attendance average ranks ninth in the country.
1989 - Despite the exploits of Debbie McDonald the Boilermakers suffer their first sub-.500 season since their charter year of 1975 ... they are 13-20 and seventh in the Big Ten at 7-11 ... McDonald is selected second team All-American, All-Mideast Region and first team All-Big Ten ... she sets a school season record with 597 kills and finishes her career with school records of 2,108 kills, 4,783 total attempts and 378 block assists ... the 2,108 kills ranks fourth on the NCAA Division I all-time list at the time ... Purdue's home match against Illinois on Nov. 11 is televised nationally by ESPN ... the Boilermakers' home attendance average of 903 ranks 16th in the country.
1990 - Purdue rebounds in fine fashion with a 21-11 overall record and remains in the Big Ten championship race late into the season before finishing third at 12-6 ... the Boilermakers return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987 and fall at undefeated Penn State in the first round ... Purdue wins the inaugural Mortar Board Purdue Premier ... Amber Douglas is named second team All-Mideast Region and second team All-Big Ten ... Kelly Niedbalski is second team all-conference and Monica Ball and Jill Whiteman are honorable mention ... Niedbalski leads the Big Ten in assists with an average of 12.87 in conference matches ... Purdue sets a school match record with 275 total attempts vs. Wisconsin and has 89 assists vs. Indiana on Oct. 20 ... the Boilermakers' attendance average of 994 ranks 12th in the nation.
1991 - The Big Ten celebrates the 10th anniversary of women's athletics and in conjunction with the celebration the Big Ten selects an All-Decade team for each women's sport ... a total of seven Boilermakers are selected to the volleyball team, more than any other school ... Debbie McDonald, Jane Neff and Marianne Smith are named to the first team and Annette Bauer, Kate Crandell, Jan Hoosline and Joan King are named honorable mention ... following the worst start in their history at 0-4 the Boilermakers bounce back to finish 13-16 ... they tie for sixth place in the Big Ten at 10-10 ... Purdue defeats No. 18 Illinois in five games at home Oct. 30 ... Darcy Jones is named honorable mention All-Big Ten ... Donna Gill leads the Big Ten in total blocks with an average of 1.56 in conference matches ... she has a record performance vs. Michigan on Nov. 22, setting the school match record with 16 total blocks and tying the school standard with 13 block assists ... the Boilermakers have 36 block assists vs. Penn State on Oct. 5 and vs. Michigan on Nov. 22 ... Purdue draws 1,721 fans against Indiana on Oct. 18, now the third-largest crowd ever in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility ... the Boilermakers' home attendance average of 1,303 ranks 11th in the country.
1992 - The Boilermakers regain their winning touch with a 17-13 overall record and 10-10 Big Ten mark for sixth place ... they win the Miami-Days Inn Classic on Sept. 11-12 ... Darcy Jones is named second team All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region, while Donna Gill is honorable mention all-conference ... Lisa Bonner is Academic All-Big Ten ... Jones ties the school match record with 32 kills in a thrilling five-game victory (14-16, 16-14, 14-16, 15-10, 19-17) over Northern Illinois on Sept. 11 ... she notches her 1,000th career kill at Penn State on Oct. 30 ... Gill and Amy Warner set Purdue and Big Ten match records with 16 blocks assists vs. Indiana on Oct. 21 and they also tie the school record with 16 total blocks ... Purdue has a school-record 42 block assists in that match ... Gill records the 10th triple-double in school history at Northwestern on Nov. 14 ... Purdue averages 1,194 fans per home match to rank 13th nationally.
1993 - Purdue is 15-14 overall and 8-12 in the Big Ten for sixth place ... the Boilermakers win the UTA/Asics Tiger Tournament on Sept. 3-4 ... Carey Burvis is the season's first Big Ten Player-of-the-Week for the week ending Sept 5 ... a crowd of 1,740, the second-largest ever in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility, streams in for a four-game victory over intrastate rival Indiana on Oct. 27 that features Purdue freshman Kelli Kerkhoff and her older sister, Jill, a senior for the Hoosiers ... the Boilermakers win consecutive five-game thrillers over No. 24 Illinois on Oct. 29 and No. 15 Ohio State on Nov. 5, both at home ... Purdue serves up 236 aces, its most since the 1988 season ... Burvis gets her 1,000th career kill vs. Iowa at home Nov. 19 and goes on to be named first team All-Big Ten and second team All-Mideast Region ... Paula Harmon and Stacey Mondino are Academic All-Big Ten ... Purdue ranks 13th in the country in home attendance with a school-record average of 1,444.
1994 - The Boilermakers are 6-23 overall and 4-16 in the Big Ten for a ninth-place tie with Michigan ... two of their wins come against nationally-ranked teams, in four games over No. 20 Kentucky in the season opener Sept. 2 and in five games over No. 19 Wisconsin on Oct. 8 ... Purdue shows a flare for the dramatic at Northwestern on Nov. 5 after losing the first two games 6-15 and 6-15 and trailing in the third game 10-14 by rallying to win 17-15, 15-8, 15-13 ... White erupts for 29 kills, three shy of the school record, in a three-game victory over Northwestern at home Oct. 7 ... White is named Big Ten Player-of-the-Week for the week ending Oct. 9 ... Lauri Grimes, Sarina Harris, Kelli Kerkhoff and Brooke White are named Academic All-Big Ten ... Kerkhoff and White are selected Academic All-District V ... the Boilermakers average 1,227 fans per home match to rank 17th in the nation ... Jane Neff, who played from 1979-82, is a member of the inaugural Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame class inducted Nov. 17 ... head coach Carol Dewey announces her retirement after 20 years Dec. 9 ... Dewey finishes her career as Purdue's all-time winningest single-sport coach with a 469-256 record, an outstanding .647 winning percentage.
1995 - A new era begins when Joey Vrazel is named head coach Feb. 10 ... the Boilermakers finish 8-20 overall and 6-14 in the Big Ten for ninth place ... Purdue rallies from an 0-2 deficit to defeat No. 20 Illinois 9-15, 6-15, 15-3, 15-13, 15-12 at home Sept. 29 ... the Oct. 18 home match against Northwestern is televised live by SportsChannel-Chicago and played under an experimental timed scoring format which the Boilermakers win 5-0 (14-10, 22-20, 23-11 = 59-41) ... Brooke White is Big Ten Player-of-the-Week for the week ending Nov. 5 ... White records the 1,000th kill of her career at Penn State on Nov. 11 ... White finishes second in the Big Ten in hitting percentage (.359 in conference matches) and is honorable mention All-Big Ten ... a school-record seven players earn academic all-conference honors: Lauri Grimes, Sarina Harris, Sue Jurkonis, Kelli Kerkhoff, Linda Menconi, Stacey Mondino and White ... Purdue ranks 16th in the country in attendance with an average of 1,351 fans per home match ... the Boilermakers draw crowds of more than 1,000 for every home match for the first time in school history.
1996 - Offense is the watchword as Purdue improves to 13-19 overall and 6-14 in the Big Ten for eighth place ... the Boilermakers set school season records for kills (2,066) and assists (1,890) ... they rank 12th in the nation in kills (17.36 per game) and eighth in assists (15.88) ... Purdue establishes a school match record with 100 assists vs. Michigan on Nov. 22 ... the Boilermakers are regionally ranked the weeks of Sept. 30 and Oct. 14 ... Brooke White is named Big Ten Player-of-the-Week for the week ending Sept. 1 and goes on to earn first team all-conference honors ... White twice ties the school match record of 32 kills - vs. Weber State on Aug. 31 and vs. Illinois on Oct. 11 ... she averages a school record of 4.85 kills per game and becomes one of only three players in school history to rank in the top 10 in career kills (second), total blocks (sixth), aces (tied for eighth) and digs (ninth) ... Lauri Grimes receives Academic All-District V laurels ... Grimes and Linda Menconi set school match records with 80 total attempts and 87 assists, respectively, vs. Houston on Sept. 14 ... a school-record tying seven players are Academic All-Big Ten: Grimes, Sarina Harris, Sue Jurkonis, Kelli Kerkhoff, Menconi, Connie Paul and White ... Purdue averages 1,365 fans per home match to rank among the Big Ten and national leaders.