Nov. 8, 1997

Women's Volleyball Falls to Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich.- A gutsy group of seven Purdue volleyball players gave it their all - and then some - Saturday night before Michigan State posted a 15-9, 8-15, 15-12, 12-15, 15-11 victory in front of 2,062 fans at Jenison Field House. The Boilerrmakers (9-16, 2-12) were without the services of four players for the match: junior outside hitter Bev Krupa (death of her grandmother), sophomore middle blocker Connie Paul (knee injury), freshman defensive specialist Christi Kelsey (flu) and freshman walkon Whitney Brawner (knee surgery). Still, Purdue was in position to stun the 24th-ranked and two-time defending Big Ten Conference champion Spartans (19-8, 9-5). The rally-scoring Game 5 was tied 10-all when Michigan State scored four straight points to take control. "I am so proud of those seven players," Purdue coach Joey Vrazel said. "They were determined to go out there and give everything they had and make Michigan State work, and they did just that. I'm sure no one gave us much of a chance, but we displayed as much heart as I have ever seen from a team." "The Boilermakers forced Game 5 with a tremendous effort in Game 4. They trailed from the start and found themselves down 12-8 before scoring seven consecutive points. Katie Gibbons served the final points, picking up two service aces along the way. Kelly Colangelo paced Purdue with career highs of 29 kills and 19 digs. Gibbons had 22 kills, 13 digs and a career-best seven aces, while Sarah Emke added 14 kills and Taryn Catlin came up with 12 digs. The boilermakers outhit Michigan State .222 to .220 (83 kills to 67) and outdug the Spartans 65-53. Michigan State won the blocking battle 15-9.

Paul injured her right knee in practice Thursday. She saw Purdue orthopedic consultant K. Donald Shelbourne on Saturday, was diagnosed with a dislocated patella and will be re-evaluated this week.

1997 Big Ten Conference Volleyball Standings (through Nov. 8, 1997)

Penn State       13-1    .929    24-1    .960
Wisconsin        13-1    .929    22-2    .917
Ohio State       10-4    .714    19-7    .731
Michigan State    9-5    .643    19-8    .704
Michigan          9-5    .643    16-9    .640
Minnesota         8-6    .571    18-7    .720
Illinois          5-9    .357    14-10   .583
Indiana           4-10   .286    17-10   .630
Purdue            2-12   .143    9-16    .360
Northwestern      2-12   .143    11-14   .440
Iowa              2-12   .143    9-16    .360

This Week's Results

Wednesday, Nov. 5 Ohio State def. Purdue 15-7, 15-12, 15-6 (at Columbus) Friday, Nov. 7 Indiana def. Iowa 15-4, 15-13, 15-5 (at Iowa City) Michigan def. Illinois 15-9, 15-13, 5-15, 13-15, 15-13 (at Ann Arbor) Ohio State def. Michigan State 15-12, 15-4, 15-13 (at East Lansing) Penn State def. Minnesota 15-6, 15-6, 15-13 (at Minneapolis) Wisconsin def. Northwestern 15-9, 15-6, 15-7 (at Evanston) Saturday, Nov. 8 Michigan State def. Purdue 15-9, 8-15, 15-12, 12-15, 15-11 (at East Lansing) Minnesota def. Indiana 12-15, 8-15, 15-11, 15-9, 15-11 (at Minneapolis) Penn State def. Iowa 15-6, 15-6, 15-10 (at Iowa City) Wisconsin def. Michigan 15-7, 15-13, 13-15, 15-4 (at Ann Arbor) Illinois def. Northwestern 5-15, 15-5, 16-14, 15-5 (at Evanston)