Sept. 10, 2013
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USF Corral; Tampa, Fla.
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Friday, Sept. 13:
4 p.m. - Purdue vs. FAU
Saturday, Sept. 14:
11:30 a.m. - Pittsburgh vs. Purdue
7 p.m. - Purdue vs. USF
The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The No. 22 Boilermakers (3-2) are looking to build on a two-match win streak at the USF Invitational. 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 2-0 at the Golden Dome Invitational in South Bend last weekend, topping the host Fighting Irish in five sets and sweeping Bowling Green. Redshirt senior libero Carly Cramer and redshirt senior outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak were named to the all-tournament team.
Statistically Speaking: Junior settter/outside hitter Val Nichol leads a group of six hitters averaging nearly two kills per set or more. Nichol has put down 3.05 kills per set, while also dishing out 5.75 assists per set and managing 1.85 digs and 0.75 blocks per set. Outside hitters Catherine Rebarchak (2.79), Annie Drews (2.00), Katie Griffin (1.93) and Sam Epenesa (1.88) and middle blocker KiKi Jones (1.90) round out the group. Jones is hitting at a team-best .341 clip and leads the team at the net with 1.15 blocks per set. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Faye Adelaja also contributes 1.15 blocks per set along with 1.20 kills per stanza.
Defensively, libero Carly Cramer leads the way with 3.60 digs per set. Defensive specialists Amanda Neill (2.25) and Hilliary Fox (1.80), setter Rachel Davis (1.90) and Nichol (1.85) follow. Neill has served up a team-best seven aces, followed by Cramer (6) and and Epenesa (5). As a team, Purdue it hitting .217 and has served up 29 aces.
FAU: This is the first meeting between the Boilermakers and the Owls.
Pittsburgh (Purdue leads the series 10-0): The Boilermakers have won all 10 previous meetings with the Panthers dating to the series opener on Nov. 3, 1978. Purdue is 4-0 against the Panthers in West Lafayette, 1-0 in Pittsburgh and 5-0 in nuetral site contests. The Boilermakers won the most recent meeting, an Aug. 25, 2012 contest at the Mortar Board Premier, via sweep.
USF: This is the first meeting between the Boilermakers and the Bulls.
What a Difference a Win Makes...
If the Boilermakers top FAU on Friday:
They will extend their current win streak to three matches.
They will improve to 272-145 all-time when playing in the month of September, including a 9-7 mark when playing on Sept. 13.
An Overview of the Owls
At First Glance: The Florida Atlantic Owls (5-2) look to get back on the winning track after snapping a four-match win streak to close the Jacksonville University tournament last weekend. The Owls return four players from the 2012 team that posted a 7-19 record and add 12 newcomers to the mix. FAU is coached by Fernanda Nelson, who is in her second year with the team.
Last Time Out: FAU topped Mississippi Valley State, North Florida and Charleston Southern in Jacksonville last weekend, before falling to the host Dolphins in four sets Saturday night.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Alessia Pizzoccheri leads a group of four Owl players averaging more than two kills per set. Pizzoccheri has tallied 2.86 kills per set, while also adding 3.14 digs per set and seven aces. Outside hitter Kristi Tekavec (2.64), middle blocker Jennifer St. Sume (2.30) and middle/outside hitter Ivana Bulajic (2.27) round out the group. Bulajic has served up a team-best eight case, while St. Sume leads the way at the net with 1.35 blocks per set.
Defensively, Pizzoccheri leads the way with 3.14 digs per set. Libero Nathalie Rosado (3.12), setter Jelena Jovanovic (2.56) and defensive specialist Chelsey Tekavec (2.50) also average more than two digs per set. As a team, FAU is hitting .241 and has served up 39 aces.
At First Glance: The Pittsburgh Panthers (5-2) bring a three-match win streak into the USF Invitational. Pitt returns 13 letterwinners, including five starters, from the 2012 team that posted a 17-14 record and finished sixth in the Big East Conference. The Panthers are coached by Dan Fisher, who is in his first year with the team.
Last Time Out: The Panthers went 3-0 at the UConn Invitational in Storrs, Conn., last weekend, sweeping Albany and Northeastern and topping the host Huskies in five sets.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitters Kate Yeazel and Jessica Wynn headline the Pitt offense, turning in 3.36 and 3.16 kills per set respectively. Yeazel also is hitting at a team-best .365 clip and adding 0.80 blocks per set, while Wynn addeds 1.84 digs per set to her kill tally. Outside hitters Mechael Guess (2.29), Amanda Orchard (1.69) and Maria Genitsaridi (1.52) and middle blocker Jessica Boddy (1.48) also aid the team offensively. Genitsaridi has served up 11 aces, while Boddy chips in 1.16 blocks per set. Middle blocker Jenna Potts leads the team at the net with 1.25 blocks per set.
Defensively, libero Delaney Clesen leads the way with 4.32 digs per set. Genitsaridi (1.88), Wynn (1.84), setter Lindsey Zitzke (1.64) and setter Jenna Jacobson (1.56) follow. Jacobson also has served up a team-best 13 aces. As a team, Pittsburgh is hitting .263 and has served up 45 aces.
At First Glance: The USF Bulls (3-4) are looking to snap a three-match losing streak when they play a Tuesday match at Florida Gulf Coast before hosting the invitational this weekend. USF returns six letterwinners, including five starters, from the 2012 team that finished 17-15 and finished tied for sixth in the Big East Conference. USF if coached by Courtney Draper, who is in her second season with the team.
Last Time Out: The Bulls went 0-3 at the Creighton Bluejay Invitational last weekend, falling to California and No. 19 Creighton in sweeps and to Northern Colorado in four sets.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Erin Fairs leads the USF hitters, averaging 3.69 kills per set, while also managing a team-best 4.92 digs per set and five aces. Middle blocker Kayla Bivins (2.24), middle/outside hitter Carissa Whalen (1.56), middle blocker Andrea Rodriguez Gomez (1.56) and middle blocker Jennia Mullins (1.54) also average more than 1.50 kills per set. Mullins is hitting at a team-best .258 clip and paces the team at the net with 1.27 blocks per set. Rodriguez Gomez has served up a team-leading seven aces and adds 1.20 blocks per set.
Defensively, Fairs leads the way with 4.92 digs per set. Libero Amy Van Sant (3.84) and outside hitter Dakota Hampton (3.32) also add more than two digs per set. Defensive specialist Wylie Devlin (1.96) and setter Natalia Soares (1.85) also aid the Bulls defense. As a team, USF is hitting .176 and has served up 23 aces.
The Boilermakers remained at No. 22 for the second straight week in the AVCA Coaches Poll after dropping six spots to the position last week. 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 35 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 132nd 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).
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. Redshirt seniors Carly Cramer and Catherine Rebarchak were named to the all-tournament team at the Golden Dome Invitational. Cramer averaged 4.75 digs per set and served up four aces, while Rebarchak put up a team-best 3.50 kills per set and hit at a .304 clip.