July 5, 2013
DALLAS - Purdue libero Carly Cramer added a gold medal to her trophy case on July 3 as her USA White team won the Women's National Volleyball A2 Tournament.
Cramer's team went 2-1 in pool play and beat USA Red in the semifinals to earn the matchup with USA Gold in Wednesday's final. After dropping the opening set 26-24, Cramer's squad finished out the match with wins of 25-12, 25-23, 25-21 at the Dallas Convention Center. The tournament took place in conjunction with the 2013 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships.
Setter/outside hitter Val Nichol and middle blocker Kiki Jones also picked up some hardware at the event as their USA Red team defeated Boilermaker teammate Annie Drews' USA Blue team in the bronze medal match. USA Red was 1-2 in pool play and fell to USA White in a four-setter in the semifinals before rebounding for the bronze with a 25-21, 25-22, 25-14 victory. Jones had six kills, three blocks and an ace in the match, while Nichol chipped in three kills and two blocks. Drews put up six kills for Team Blue.
Full results, including statistics, from the A2 Tournament are available here.
Purdue boasted four players on the A2 Program roster, more than any other school.
This is not Purdue's first success at the A2 Tournament. Nichol earned a gold medal in 2012 with her USA White team, while Jones competed but her team finished out of the medals. Cramer nabbed a bronze medal with USA White in the 2011 A2 Tournament.
The Boilermakers kick off the 2013 season at home on Belin Court when they face off with Top 10 ranked USC on August 30.