May 25, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker volleyball team have a jam packed slate, including matches against 11 NCAA Tournament teams, in 2010, head coach Dave Shondell announced as the fall slate was released this week.
"Our squad is looking forward to another challenging schedule that includes the very tough Big Ten Conference opposition and another quality non-conference docket," Shondell said. "The pre-conference schedule is highlighted by five NCAA tournament teams from last season - Northern Iowa, Tulane, Lipscomb, Cincinnati, and Louisville. I am also pleased that we will be hosting two tournaments on the home boards of Belin Court. Boiler fans will be able to see our team play 16 home matches. Seventeen of our 31 matches next fall will be NCAA tournament programs from 2009. I am convinced that our team is going to be very good, but we must mature quickly in order to achieve the high level of success we are searching for."
The team will kick things off with its annual Mortar Board Premier tournament on August 27 and 28. The Boilermakers will welcome the Central Michigan Chippewas, the Northern Iowa Panthers and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to Belin Court for the six-match affair. Western Kentucky posted a 25-9 mark in 2009, including a second place finish in Sun Belt East Division action. CMU is coming off a 17-13 season including an 8-8 second place finish in Mid-American Conference play. Purdue will face its first NCAA foe, when the team takes on UNI, which advanced to the second round while posting a 31-3 record including an 18-0 first place finish in Missouri Valley Conference action.
Next up on the slate is a tournament at the University of Pittsburgh, Sept. 3-4. The Boilermakers are set to take on NCAA Tournament competitors in Lipscomb and Tulane as well as the host Panthers at the event. Lipscomb went 28-4 including a 20-0 first-place finish in Atlantic Sun play, while advancing to the postseason. Tulane boasted an 18-10 mark, including a third place Conference USA finish and C-USA Tournament title. Pittsburgh managed a 20-11 mark, including a 12-2 Big East record, good for second place.
The Purdue squad returns home to play host to Belmont, UConn and Duquesne in the Active Ankle Challenge, Sept. 10-11. The Belmont Bruins went 18-15 and finished third in the Atlantic Sun, while the UConn Huskies managed a 14-17 mark and seventh place Big East finish. Duquesne posted a 16-14 record and finished sixth in the Atlantic 10.
The Boilermakers wrap up the non-conference slate in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 17-18 at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Purdue will take on NCAA Tournament foes in Cincinnati and Louisville at the event, which also will include the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Cincinnati Bearcats went 25-11 including a second-place Big East finish in 2009, while the Louisville Cardinals managed a 21-11 mark, a fourth-place league finish and the Big East Tournament title.
From there, Purdue will take on all 10 Big Ten opponents in home and home series. The league slate includes matches against three-time defending national champion Penn State, Final Four finisher Minnesota, Elite Eight foe Michigan, and Sweet 16 team Illinois as well as Ohio State and Michigan State, which also advanced to the postseason.
The Boilermaker squad returns 11 letterwinners from its 2009 squad which posted a 14-17 mark and seventh-place conference finish. Three redshirt players as well as two newcomers will join the mix.