June 4, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue volleyball player Carrie Gurnell added some hardware to her collection over the Memorial Day weekend, earning a silver medal with the USA Red team at the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships in Austin, Texas.
Gurnell, a middle/outside hitter, helped the USA Red to a 9-2 record in the 12-team women's open division. Both losses, a 3-1 decision and a one-game tie breaker, came at the hands of the gold medal winning Westwood VBC. Members of the USA National A2 team split into two squads, a red team and a blue team to compete in the championships, beginning on May 26.
"It was a lot of fun, because our team got along really well, our coaches were amazing and the atmosphere at the tournament was really cool," Gurnell said. "It helped to get more reps in and playing with other players that were on a higher level showed me where I need to be and that I need to play on a higher level all of the time.
"It was frustrating having one game decide the tournament title after we had played so well, but it shows that each game does count and one game came win or lose it for you."
Gurnell and the Boilermakers start their 2007 season at the Duke Invitational on August 24 in Durham, N.C.