Game Notes 2: Golden Dome Invitational

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Annie Drews, an Elkhart, Ind,. native will be just 20 minutes from home as the Boilermakers play a trio of matches in South Bend this weekend.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Sophomore Annie Drews, an Elkhart, Ind,. native will be just 20 minutes from home as the Boilermakers play a trio of matches in South Bend this weekend.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sep 3, 2013

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

GOLDEN DOME INVITATIONAL
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center; South Bend, Ind.

Friday, Sept. 6:
4:30 p.m. Purdue vs. Dabrowa

Saturday, Sept. 7:
6 p.m. #22 Purdue vs. Notre Dame

Sunday, Sept. 8
11:30 a.m. Bowling Green vs. #22 Purdue

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The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The No. 22 Boilermakers (1-2) will play a Friday exhibition match vs. Dabrowa, a professional team from Poland, before wrapping up the Golden Dome Invitational this weekend. The exhibition match is the first for the program since facing off with the Japanese U. All-Stars on Oct. 29, 1984. Purdue posted a 23-11 record, including a 12-8 Big Ten finish, made the program's eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last nine seasons and sixth Sweet 16 showing in the last eight seasons in 2012. The team, which finished fifth in Big Ten play, ended the season in the Sweet 16 at their own West Lafayette Regional. Purdue's roster features 11 returning players, including five starters, from that team as well as three redshirt freshmen and one true freshman. Head coach Dave Shondell is in his 11th season with the team.

Last Time Out: The Boilermakers went 1-2 at their home opening Mortar Board Premier last weekend. Purdue fell to No. 4 USC 3-1 in the opener, rebounded with a sweep of Alabama A&M, but dropped a five-setter to No. 21 Western Kentucky to wrap the weekend. Redshirt freshman middle Faye Adelaja was named to the all-tournament team.

Statistically Speaking: Junior settter/outside hitter Val Nichol led a group of four Boilermakers with more than 2.00 kills per set on opening weekend. Nichol (2.92) also added 5.33 assists and 1.58 digs per set. Outside hitters Catherine Rebarchak (2.27), Sam Epenesa (2.18) and Katei Griffin (2.00) round out the group. Adelaja paced the team with a .351 hitting percentage, while providing 1.50 kills and 0.92 blocks per set. Middle blocker KiKi Jones also added 1.50 kills per set and led the team at the net with 1.00 blocks per set.

Defensively, libero Carly Cramer managed 2.83 digs per set. Sophomore Amanda Neill followed with 2.42 digs per set and served up a team-leading five aces. Epenesa also registered five aces on the weekend. As a team, Purdue hit .211, averaged 1.92 blocks per set and served up 21 aces.

The team's top returning hitters from 2012 are: outside hitters Catherine Rebarchak (2.20) and Annie Drews (2.14), middle blocker KiKi Jones (1.86) and outside hitter Val Nichol (1.72). Jones hit at a team-best .360 clip, served up 12 aces and put up 0.95 blocks per set. Defensively, libero Carly Cramer posted 4.23 digs per set, while setter Rachel Davis (2.34), and defensive specialists Amanda Neill (2.23) and Hilliary Fox (1.95) followed. Cramer served up a team-leading 36 aces, while Neill added 13. As a team, Purdue hit .244 and served up 129 aces.

Series Information
Notre Dame (Purdue leads the series 11-7): The Boilermakers won the first nine meetings in the series with the Fighting Irish, which began on Sept. 8, 1983, in West Lafayette. Notre Dame broke the streak with a four-set win in 1989. Purdue countered with a sweep in 1990, but the Irish won the next five contests from 1991 to 1996. The Boilermakers snapped the streak with a five-set win in West Lafayette in 2002. The Irish took the most recent meeting with a four-set win on Sept. 17, 2003, in South Bend. Purdue is 3-5 vs. Notre Dame in South Bend and 8-2 in West Lafayette.

Bowling Green (Series is tied 1-1): The Falcons won the first meeting in a five-set match on Sept. 2, 1987 in West Lafayette, but the Boilermakers evened the score with a sweep at the Active Ankle Challenge in West Lafayette last season.

What a Difference a Win Makes...
If the Boilermakers top Notre Dame on Saturday:
• They will have even their record at 2-2.
• They will move to 109-47 all-time against instate foes. (The Boilers are 20-4 against Ball State, 1-0 vs. Evansville, 56-34 vs. Indiana, 12-0 vs. Indiana State, 1-0 vs. IPFW, 2-0 vs. IUPUI, 2-0 vs. IUPUI, 11-7 vs. Notre Dame and 5-2 vs. Valparaiso).
• They will improve to 270-145 all-time when playing in the month of September, including a 11-2 mark when playing on Sept. 7.

The Dish on Dabrowa
Dabrowa, or Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza, a professional club from the Liga Siatkówki Kobiet (Polish Women's Volleyball League), is in the midst of three week tour of the United States and will face all three teams at the Golden Dome Invitational this weekend. The squad has already played Penn State, Syracuse, Kent State and Pittsburgh and is set to take on Ohio State and Northwestern over the next few weeks. Dabrowa's lineup consists of athletes from four different countries:Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Poland. Middle blocker Maja Tokarska played on the 2012 Olympic team for Poland.

Dabrowa has recently reached several high points in club history. In 2010-11, Dabrowa reached the title match of the CEV Women's Volleyball Cup. The CEV is the governing body of 55 national federation teams from across Europe, and the highest level of competition for professional clubs. This year, Dabrowa captured the Polish Cup, qualifying the team for its fifth appearance in the CEV Women's Volleyball Cup since 2009.

News About Notre Dame
At First Glance: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-2) return 10 letterwinners, including a pair of first team All-Big East honorees, from the 2012 team that posted a 20-10 record, finished second in the Big East and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Irish also add two newcomers to the mix. The Fighting Irish are coached by Debbie Brown, who is in her 23rd year with the team.

Last Time Out: Notre Dame went 1-2 at the Blue Raider Bash in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on opening weekend. The Irish dropped a pair of matches to North Carolina and Middle Tennessee before ending the weekend with a five-set win over San Francisco.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Toni Alugbue, a preseason All-ACC selection, leads the Irish offense with 2.92 kills per set, while also adding 1.83 digs per set. Outside hitter Meg Vonderhaar (2.22), preseason All-ACC middle blocker Jeni Houser (1.83) and outside hitter Nicole Smith (1.75) also contribute. Setter Maggie Brindock has chipped in 1.17 kills per set of her, while hitting at a team-best .231 clip, dishing out 8.42 assists per set, 1.42 digs per set and addind 0.83 blocks per set.

Defensively, libero Andrea McHugh leads the way with 2.83 digs per set. Algubue, defensive specialist Kathleen Severyn (1.50) and Brindock follow. Middle blockers Anie Olsen and Simmone Collins lead the team at the net with 1.14 and 1.00 blocks per set. As a team, Notre Dame is hitting just .143 to opponents' .264 average and trails foes in all major statistical categories.

Facts about the Falcons
At First Glance: The Bowling Green Falcons (1-2) will face their third ranked foe of 2013 when they play the No. 22 Boilermakers on Sunday. The Falcons returns seven letterwinners, including five starters and the libero, from the 2012 team that went 22-11 and finished second in the MAC east division. Three BGSU players were named to the Preseason All-MAC teams: outside hitters Paige Penrod and Lindsey Butterfield and right side hitter Danielle Tonyan.The Falcons are coached by Danijela Tomic, who is in her second year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Falcons posted a 1-2 record at their own Hampton Inn Invitational, but that one victory came against then-No. 13 BYU in five sets on Saturday night. The win followed a pair of losses to Marquette and No. 25 Creighton.

Statistically Speaking: Penrod headlines the BGSU offense with 4.17 kills per set on a .304 hitting effort, while also chipping in 2.25 digs and 0.92 blocks per set. Three other players are averaging nearly 2.00 kills per set: Tonyan (2.83), outside hitter Jelena Sunjic (2.36) and Butterfield (1.92). Tonyan also adds 1.08 blocks per set to the team tally.

Defensively, libero Ashley Dunn leads the way with 4.17 digs per set. Setter Erica Fullenkamp (2.45), defensive specialist Madelin Garda (2.29) and Penrod also add more than two digs per set. Fullenkamp and Laura Avila split time at settter averaging 5.18 and 6.42 assists per set respectively. Middle block Kaitlyn Skinner paces the team at the net with 1.55 blocks per set. As a team, BGSU is hitting .191 and has served up 15 aces.

Poll Position
The Boilermakers fell six spots to No. 22 in this week's AVCA poll. Purdue was ranked 16th in the 2013 Preseason AVCA poll after wrapping up 2012 at No. 15. Purdue was ranked in the Top 25 throughout the 2012 season and has been ranked in 34 consecutive polls dating to Nov. 29, 2010.

On August 27, 2012, the team was ranked seventh, a listing which tied the highest ranking in program history, matching the No. 7 listing from Nov. 14, 1983. Purdue was ranked No. 9 in the 2012 Preseason AVCA Coaches Poll, marking their highest starting listing in program history.

This week's ranking is Purdue's 131st all-time since the AVCA polls began in 1982, including preseason and postseason listings.

Purdue was listed among the Top 10 in six straight polls from Nov. 7, 2011, to Aug. 27, 2012, ¬¬- its longest stay there since 1983 (eight straight polls: Sept. 26 to Nov. 28).

Accolades for Adelaja
Redshirt freshman middle blocker Faye Adelaja garnered all-tournament team honors at the Mortar Board Premier on opening weekend. The Baton Rouge, La., native posted 1.50 kills and hit at a team-best .351 clip, while also adding 0.92 blocks per set.