Aug. 30, 1997

Boilers Take Second at Florida State Classic

By Tom Schott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The youthful Purdue volleyball team showed its color Saturday. After playing with a vengeance to dispose of Boston College 15-0, 15-7, 15-6 in the afternoon, the Boilermakers appeared tentative and fell to Florida State 15-13, 15-7, 15-4 in the evening to finish as runners-up at the Florida State Classic in Tully Gymnasium. Purdue swept Mississippi State on Friday.

Sophomores Kelly Colangelo and Sarah Emke were named to the all-tournament team for the Boilermakers.

"We're obviously disappointed not to win the tournament because we felt like that certainly was possible, but we did a lot of good things the last two days," Purdue coach Joey Vrazel said.

"There are some things we have to work on, but there certainly are plenty of reasons to be excited about the rest of the season."

Colangelo said the Florida State loss will help Purdue (2-1) in the long run.

"I think we were too focused on winning the tournament and not enough on what we had to do in order to win the Florida State match," Colangelo said. "That will be a good lesson for us to remember the rest of the season."

The 15-0 shutout of Boston College marked Purdue's first blanking of an opponent since it whitewashed Butler at home in 1993. And the 13 total points allowed to the Eagles were the fewest by the Boilermakers since they dismantled Michigan State 15-1, 15-1, 15-6 in East Lansing a year earlier.

The Boilermakers hit a robust .426 (47-7-94) against Boston College and totaled 12 service aces. They hit .556 (21-1-36) in Game 2. Colangelo and Emke led the way with 13 kills and three aces apiece. Emke hit .423, while Colangelo attacked at a career-high .367 clip. Junior Bev Krupa had eight kills, sophomore Taryn Catlin served a career-high three aces and freshman Christi Kelsey came up with seven digs.

Against Florida State, one of the most experienced teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Boilermakers never appeared to get in a comfortable groove. They nearly pulled off a huge comeback in Game 1, rallying from a 7-14 deficit to get within a single point at 13-14 before the Lady Seminoles finished matters. Florida State broke a 5-all tie in Game 2 with a 6-0 run and then hung on the rest of the way. Game 3 was tied 2-2 when the Lady Seminoles put together another 6-0 spurt as part of a larger 13-2 surge.

Emke was stellar again with 12 kills on a .500 attack percentage (12-1-22) and seven digs. Colangelo had eight kills, but Purdue hit just .094 and managed just two blocks.

Florida State (3-0), which lost to the Boilermakers in four games in West Lafayette last season, hit .288 behind the play of Susan Hawks, named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Lady Seminoles also came up with 12 blocks.

In Saturday's other action, Florida State defeated Mississippi State 15-5, 15-12, 15-8, and Mississippi State downed Boston College 15-6, 15-5, 15-7.

The Boilermakers will be at Tippecanoe Mall on Monday from 2-4 p.m. The players and coaches will sign autographs, and free posters will be distributed. The Mortar Board Purdue Premier is next Friday and Saturday with Central Michigan, Indiana State and Syracuse.