Nov. 15, 1997
Women's Volleyball Defeats Indiana
Boilermakers Retain Monon Spike
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Monon Spike is staying in West Lafayette, and Purdue is now a member of the Fortune 500 volleyball club. The Boilermakers dismantled intrastate rival Indiana on Saturday night at the University Gym to retain possession of the traveling trophy and record the 500th victory in the tradition-rich 23-year history of the program. Scores were 15-13, 15-9, 15-9 as the Boilermakers (10-17, 3-13) won their second straight Spike match. They hold a 16-8 advantage in the Spike series. Carol Dewey won 469 matches during her 20-year tenure from 1975-94, and Joey Vrazel has 31 victories in her third season at the helm. The program's overall record stands at 500-312, a .616 winning percentage. "What a great victory," senior setter Linda Menconi said. "Everybody played and contributed and did a great job. It's great to be a Purdue Boilermaker tonight." Said Vrazel: "I was hoping our improved play against two nationally-ranked teams the past week (at Michigan State and Penn State) would carry over, and it certainly did. We have seen great improvement in recent weeks, and it's great to see it pay off with a big win like this one. Everyone helped us, it was a true team victory. I couldn't be more pleased "We knew the Monon Spike was at stake, and we were aware of the 500 wins. Obviously, it can't get much sweeter than to reach a milestone like that against your instate rival." Both teams played well in Game 1, but the Boilermakers pulled out the win by virtue of a .354 hitting percentage. They saw an early 7-2 lead turn into a 9-8 deficit before rallying to go ahead 12-10. Indiana (17-12, 4-12) scored the next three points to retake the lead, but Purdue rallied again behind the aggressive serving of freshman Jennie Williams. Bev Krupa had 11 of the Boilermakers' 29 kills. Purdue raced to a 9-3 advantage in Game 2 only to see the Hoosiers come back and get within one point at 10-9. But the Boilermakers hung tough and put the final five points on the scoreboard without allowing Indiana a sideout. A nifty block by Taryn Catlin and Sarah Emke made it 12-9 and essentially turned the tide. The Boilermakers led wire-to-wire in Game 3, turning a 5-2 advantage into a 10-4 lead. The closest Indiana got after that was four points. Four players finished in double figures in kills for Purdue: Katie Gibbons (23), Krupa (18), Kelly Colangelo (12) and Emke (10). Gibbons hit at a robust .500 clip and also came up with 17 digs. Colangelo and Emke added 10 digs and four blocks, respectively. The Boilermakers, who won here for the first time since the 1991 season, outhit the Hoosiers .317 to .228 and totaled 17 more kills (72-55). Both teams had six blocks and 60 digs. Next up the Boilermakers play their final two home matches of the 1997 season against No. 5 Wisconsin on Friday and Illinois on Sunday. The Illinois match will be televised live by SportsChannel/Fox Sports Chicago.
1997 Big Ten Conference Volleyball Standings (through Nov. 15, 1997)Penn State 15-1 .938 26-1 .963 Wisconsin 14-1 .933 23-2 .920 Ohio State 11-5 .688 20-8 .714 Michigan State 10-5 .667 20-8 .714 Minnesota 10-6 .625 20-7 .741 Michigan 10-6 .625 17-10 .630 Illinois 5-11 .313 14-12 .538 Indiana 4-12 .250 17-12 .586 PURDUE 3-13 .188 10-17 .370 Northwestern 3-13 .188 12-14 .462 Iowa 2-14 .125 9-18 .333
This week's results and remaining scheduleWednesday, Nov. 12 Wisconsin def. Illinois 11-15, 15-9, 15-9, 15-8 (at Urbana-Champaign) Friday, Nov. 14 Penn State def. Purdue 15-10, 15-8, 15-6 (at University Park) Michigan def. Iowa 15-1, 15-7, 15-7 (at Ann Arbor) Michigan State def. Illinois 15-10, 12-15, 15-13, 15-9 (at Urbana-Champaign) Minnesota def. Northwestern 15-6, 15-13, 16-14, (at Evanston) Ohio State def. Indiana 13-15, 15-11, 15-6, 15-11 (at Bloomington) Saturday, Nov. 15 Purdue def. Indiana 15-13, 15-9, 15-9 (at Bloomington) Minnesota def. Michigan 15-7, 1-15, 15-8, 15-7 (at Ann Arbor) Northwestern def. Iowa 15-13, 9-15, 15-9, 14-16, 15-10 (at Evanston) Penn State def. Ohio State 15-7, 15-4, 15-13 (at University Park) Sunday, Nov. 16 Michigan State at Wisconsin, 5 p.m. (SC/FS) All times EST.