March 31, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 15 Boilermaker volleyball team looks forward to another competitive year in 2009. The team's fall schedule includes nine NCAA Tournament teams, including six schools that ranked in the AVCA Top 25 at the end of the regular season.
Purdue will take on No. 20 Kansas State and No. 22 Kentucky in non-conference play. In Big Ten action, the Boilermakers will face back-to-back national champions, No. 1 Penn State, No. 11 Illinois, No. 14 Minnesota, and No. 17 Michigan. Dayton, Ohio, and Louisville wrap up the group of NCAA Tournament teams on Purdue's 2009 slate.
The Boilermakers begin their season hosting the Mortar Board Premier from August 28-29. Dayton (21-13, 11-2 Atlantic 10), which finished its season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Ball State (12-21, 6-10 MAC) and Coastal Carolina (27-9, 13-3 Big South) make up the tournament field.
The following weekend Purdue will compete in the Baylor Classic in Waco, Texas from Sept. 4-5. The Boilermakers will be joined by Texas - San Antonio (19-12, 11-5 Southland), Central Florida (15-17, 6-10 Conference USA) and the host Bears (18-13, 9-11 Big 12).
Purdue then travels to Manhattan, Kan., to take part in a tournament hosted by the Kansas State Wildcats, held Sept. 11-12. The Boilermakers will face off with the host Wildcats (24-8, 14-6 Big 12), as well as the Kentucky Wildcats (26-6, 17-3 SEC) and the Portland Pilots (8-24, 1-13 West Coast).
The Boilermakers wrap up the non-conference season by hosting the Active Ankle Classic Sept. 18-19. Purdue welcomes three other NCAA tournament teams to Belin Court in Illinois (26-8, 15-5 Big 10), Louisville (19-10, 11-3 Big East) and Ohio (24-8, 13-3 MAC). The Boilermakers and Illini each will face Louisville and Ohio during the two-day affair.
Purdue will spend its first four Big Ten matches at home. The Boilermakers will face Michigan State and Michigan in their conference opening weekend, before taking on Indiana and Minnesota the following weekend. Road games at Illinois and Northwestern are next on the slate. Once again, the Big Ten season features home-and-home matches with all 10 conference opponents.
The Boilermakers finished the 2008 season with a 26-8 overall record and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. Last year's 13-7 conference mark put Purdue in fourth place. Nine Boilermakers return for the 2009 season, while seven newcomers are set to join the fold.