Sept. 14, 2010
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker volleyball team takes its show on the road for the first of three road weekends. The first stop is Louisville, Ky., where Purdue will face off with Louisville and Cincinnati in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
Both of the Boilermakers' weekend matches will air live on WSHY 1410 AM and on purduesports.com. To access the free online broadcasts, click the listen link located next to each match on the schedule on the front page of purduesports.com or on the volleyball schedule page. Live statistics of each match can be accessed using the GameTracker links in the same locations.
The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The Boilermakers (8-1) take their six-match win streak to Louisville for the first stop on a three-week road swing. The Purdue squad features 10 returning players, including six starters, as well as three redshirt freshmen and two newcomers. Head coach Dave Shondell is in his eighth season with the team.
Last Time Out: Purdue posted a 3-0 mark at the Active Ankle Challenge at home in West Lafayette, last weekend. The Boilermakers swept Duquesne, UConn and Belmont en route to the tournament title. Outside hitter Ariel Turner was named tourney MVP, while middle blocker Tiffany Fisher and defensive specialist Emily Ehlers garnered all-tournament team nods.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Ariel Turner paces the offense, averaging 4.33 kills per set, to go with her 1.97 digs per set. Middle hitter Tiffany Fisher adds 2.50 kills and 0.97 blocks per set, while hitting .368. Outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak follows with 2.33 kills and 0.83 blocks per set. Outside hitter Katie Griffin (2.17) and middle blocker Anna Drewry (2.11) also add more than two kills per set. Drewry racks up a team-high 1.11 blocks per stanza, while middle blocker Kristen Arthurs has put up 0.88 stuffs per set.
Defensively, Carly Cramer leads the way with 3.73 digs per set, while also serving up a team-best seven aces. Defensive specialists Blair Bashen (2.97) and Emily Ehlers (2.97) and Turner (1.97) follow. Bashen has contributed six aces to the team's tally, while Ehlers has added five. Setter Jaclyn Hart adds 1.62 digs per set, while also dishing out 10.77 assists per stanza. The Boilermakers have outhit opponents .280 to .118.
Louisville (Purdue leads the series 7-0): The Boilermakers have taken all seven previous meetings with the Cardinals in the series which began on Oct. 11, 1977. The teams did not meet from 1986-2007, but have matched up three times in the last two seasons, including a five-set win for the Boilermakers in the 2008 NCAA Tournament first round. Purdue swept UofL 3-0 in the most recent contest on Sept. 19, 2009. This will mark just the second time the teams have played in Louisville.
Cincinnati (Purdue leads the series 6-1): Purdue has won six of the seven meetings with the Bearcats in the series which began on Oct. 16, 1976 at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington. The Boilermakers won the first contest and Cincinnati won the second meeting, but Purdue won the next five, two in 1979 and three in 1980. The last meeting was on Oct. 31, 1980 in Cincinnati.
A Look At Louisville
At First Glance: The Louisville Cardinals (5-2) play host to their second home tournament of the season this weekend with the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The team returns nine letterwinners, including four starters from the 2009 squad which went 21-11, including a 9-3 mark in Big East play, the conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance. The squad also adds three newcomers to the mix. Head coach Leonid Yelin is in his 15th year with the team.
Last Time Out: The Cardinals played just one match last week, taking a 3-0 victory at Wright State on Friday.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Lola Arslanbekova leads the UofL offense with 3.40 kills per set. Outside hitter Emily Juhl (2.76) and outside hitter Anastasia Artemeva (2.14) also add more than two kills per set. Juhl also has added 1.96 digs per set to the team's tally, while Arslanbekova has accounted for 1.43 digs per stanza. Artemeva has posted 0.79 blocks per set, while hitting .336. Middle blocker Amanda Simmons has added 1.40 kills per set, while pacing the team at the net with 1.47 blocks per set. Middle blocker Gwen Rucker chips in 1.47 kills and 1.00 blocks per set.
Defensively, Caitlin Welch leads the way with 3.20 digs per set. Juhl, defensive specialist Lindsey Mango (1.83), setter Taylor Brauneis (1.52) and Arslanbekova follow. Brauneis also has served up a team-best seven aces and dished out 8.17 assists per set.
Chatting About Cincinnati
At First Glance: The Cincinnati Bearcats (8-3) wrap up non-conference action this weekend at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge against No. 5 Illinois and Purdue. The team is looking to build on a 25-11 mark, including a second-place finish in Big East play and an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bearcats return 10 letterwinners from the 2009 squad, including six starters, while adding three newcomers. Cincinnati is coached by Reed Sunahara, who is in his 11th year with the team.
Last Time Out: The Bearcats posted a 1-2 mark at the Holiday Inn Classic in Charleston, S.C., last weekend. The team fell to College of Charleston and Oregon State in four sets to start the tournament, but wrapped up with a four-set win over Auburn.
Statistically Speaking: Reigning Big East Player of the Week - outside hitter Stephanie Niemer leads the offense with 4.72 kills per set, while hitting .305 and accounting for 2.77 digs and 0.85 blocks per set. Outside hitter Missy Harpenau (3.26) and middle blocker Jordanne Scott (2.61) also add more than two kills per set, while middle blocker Becca Refenes (1.90) and middle blocker Emily Hayden (1.85) are right behind. Harpenau also contributes 2.70 digs per set and has served up eight aces. Refenes has accounted for 11 aces and a team-leading 1.36 blocks per set. Niemer leads the team at the service line with 15 aces.
Defensively, libero Emily Macintyre paces the team with 3.46 digs per set. Niemer and Harpenau follow with more than two digs per set, while setter Annie Fesl has pulled up 1.92 digs per set in addition to handing out 12.08 assists per stanza and serving up nine aces.
What a Difference a Win Makes...
If the Boilermakers top Louisville on Friday ...
They will move to 9-1 on the season, just two wins shy of the 2008 team's 11-1 start.
They will extend their current win streak to seven matches, matching the 2008 squad's season-opening seven match win streak for the longest since 2006 (9).
They will own a 8-0 advantage in the series with the Cardinals.
They will move to 48-11 all-time against teams from the Big East Conference.
They will move to 9-5 all-time when playing on Sept. 17.
They will improve to 248-142 all-time when playing in the month of September and 91-70 all-time in non-conference road contests.
Comparing the Teams
Stat. Purdue Louisville Cincinnati
Hit. % .280 .200 .269
Kills 14.00 12.00 14.41
Assists 12.63 10.80 13.67
Aces 0.93 1.00 1.51
Blocks 2.52 2.80 2.31
Digs 15.20 12.13 13.44
Among The Nation
The Boilermakers rank among the nation's top 50 in win-loss percentage (22nd with .889), kills per set (29th with 14.0), blocks per set (34th with 2.52) and hitting percentage (38th with 0.27). Individually, outside hitter Ariel Turner ranks 21st nationally in kills per set with 4.33 and 27th in points per set with 4.82. Setter Jaclyn Hart ranks 38th nationally in assists per set with 10.77.
Breaking Into the Records Book
Middle blocker Kristen Arthurs moved into the career top for block assists last weekend. The Newport, Mich., native has put up 304 block assists thus far, scooting her past Jill Whiteman (1987-1990), who posted 301 as a Boilermaker. Arthurs also is approaching the Top 10 for total blocks, having accumulated 347 stuffs in her career, just 20 outside of Becky Held (1977-80)'s 10th-place mark of 367.
A Challenging Slate
The Boilermakers have a loaded schedule in 2010, with 17 of their 31 matches against 2009 NCAA Tournament teams. Purdue also is slated to face five teams ranked in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll: No. 1 Penn State, No. 6 Illinois, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 12 Michigan and No. 24 Northern Iowa. Four Boilermaker foes received votes outside the Top 25: Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
During the Dave Shondell era, Purdue has beaten 19 Top 25 teams, including three Top 10 opponents. The Boilermakers posted wins over No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 9 Minnesota in 2005 and a victory over No. 9 Colorado State in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Purdue owns a 56-182 all-time record in matches against the Top 25.
The 700 Club
With its Sept. 3 sweep of Pittsburgh, the Boilermaker volleyball team recorded the 700th win in program lore. Purdue posted 469 wins under Hall of Fame Coach Carol Dewey (1975-94), 45 under Joey Vrazel (1995-98), 44 under Jeff Hulsmeyer (1999-2002) and 143 thus far in the Dave Shondell era.
An Efficient Effort
The Boilermaker offense finished off the Central Michigan Chippewas in just one hour and 10 minutes on Aug. 28, thanks in large part to a stellar offensive performance. Purdue hit at a .474 clip in the match, making just nine errors in 78 swings. The effort was the program's best since 2004 and the ninth-best performance in Purdue volleyball history.
All eight of the Boilermakers with a hitting attempt in the match registered at least a .400 hitting effort, led by sophomore middle blocker Anna Drewry's .667 effort (7-1-9). Sophomore Ariel Turner paced the team with 17 kills, while hitting .419. Purdue also out-blocked CMU 9-4 in the match and served up five aces, while allowing just one. The Boilermaker effort is even more impressive due to the fact that the team used two setters, senior Jaclyn Hart and redshirt freshman Rachel Davis, in the match.
Sophomore outside hitter Ariel Turner and junior middle blocker Tiffany Fisher were named to the Mortar Board Premier all-tournament team for their efforts, Aug. 27-28. Turner managed 3.82 kills per set, including double-digit kill efforts in all three matches and a team-leading 17 against Central Michigan. In addition to a team-best 42 kills, Turner also added 18 digs and nine blocks. For her part, Fisher managed 34 kills (3.09 per set), while hitting .354 and racking up nine blocks. Fisher posted a team-leading 17 kills against No. 24 Northern Iowa in the tournament finale.
Senior setter Jaclyn Hart was named MVP of the Pitt Invitational, while defensive specialist Carly Cramer and outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak garnered all-tournament team honors for their efforts Sept. 3-4 as Purdue won the tournament title. Hart dished out 12.12 assists per set on the weekend, while also adding 2.12 digs and 1.12 blocks per stanza. Cramer paced the defense with 4.80 digs per set, while serving up five aces. Rebarchak racked up 2.75 kills per set on a .425 hitting effort, while also adding 0.88 blocks per set.
Turner was named MVP of the Active Ankle Challenge, while Fisher and defensive specialist Emily Ehlers were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts. Turner put up 4.67 kills per set, whil ehitting .260 on the weekend. In addition to her 17-kill, 11-dig double-double against Duquesne, she posted double-digit kills in the team's other two matches, while also managing 2.56 digs and 0.89 blocks per set and three aces. Fisher downed 2.22 kills per set, while hitting at a .375 clip and adding 1.11 digs and 1.33 blocks per set along with two aces. Ehlers pulled up 3.22 digs per set and served up two aces.
2009 In A Nutshell
Purdue finished the 2009 season tied for seventh place in the Big Ten with a 14-17 overall mark and a 6-14 record in conference play. The Boilermakers played 11 matches against Top 25 foes and defeated a pair of ranked opponents, downing No. 21 Kansas State and No. 16 Michigan State. Purdue was ranked 19th in the preseason poll and fell to 24th the following week, before spending five weeks among the vote getters outside of the poll.
Middle blocker Tiffany Fisher earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades, while outside hitter Ariel Turner received all-freshman team honors. Outside hitter Carrie Gurnell surpassed the 1,000-kill milestone. Middle blocker Kristen Arthurs, a speech/language and hearing sciences major, was hoored for her work in the classroom with Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year.
Turner and middle blocker Anna Drewry garnered a combined five Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, matching the most rookie honors from any one conference school in 2009. Turner, a Highlands Ranch, Colo., native, became the first Purdue rookie to earn the newly-minted honor on Sept. 21. She then added a second accolades on Oct. 19. Drewry garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors three times in 2009, earning the accolade three straight weeks: Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23.
Four Boilermakers averaged two or more kills per set in 2009 and each led the offense at least once in the team's 31 contests. Gurnell paced the team 17 times, while posting double-digit kill tallies in 24 matches.Turner led the offense seven times and has tallied 10 or more kills in 19 matches. Fisher led the team three times, while posting 13 double-digit efforts. Arthurs posted a team-best kill tally three times, while reaching double-digits on 12 occasions. Drewry led the offense against Michigan State on Nov. 14, and posted four double-digit efforts.
Junior setter Jaclyn Hart became the 14th Boilermaker in program history and first since 2005 to post a triple-double when she tallied 12 kills, 41 assists and 10 digs against UCF on Sept. 5, 2009. The last Boilermaker to achieve the feat was setter Renata Dargan, who tallied 13 kills, 61 assists and 13 digs against No. 8 Wisconsin on Sept. 30, 2005.
After three seasons directing the Purdue offense, Hart is already among those in the career record books, ranking sixth in assists with 3,863.
Middle blocker Kristen Arthurs joined elite company as she tied the Purdue, Big Ten and NCAA records with a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage vs. Ball State on Aug. 28, 2009. The junior tallied 10 kills on 10 swings in the match, making her one of just four conference players and one of just 23 players in NCAA Division I history to achieve the distinction of a 1.000 hitting mark.
Purdue now boasts two of the 23 players, as Debbie McDonald went 13-for-13 at North Carolina State on Sept. 25, 1987. Stanford is the only other school with two players on the record list.
Looking To The Future
Purdue University has been selected as one four NCAA Volleyball Regional host sites for the 2012 season, the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball committee announced June 25.
The Boilermaker program, which has made three Sweet 16 appearances in the last five years, will play host to its first NCAA Regional event since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1998. The Boilermakers have played host to NCAA First and Second Round events six times in program history, most recently in 2006 and 2008, and also played host to the NCAA Regional Semi finals and Finals in 1982 and 1983, when the championship field featured 28 teams.
Purdue was selected along with the University of California, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Texas at Austin as the four Regional sites.
The Boilermakers will host the event in Mackey Arena, which is undergoing a $99.5 million renovation set to be completed in November 2011. In order to host a regional event, the arena must have a minimum seating capacity of 4,000. (Holloway Gymnasium in the IAF boasts a capacity of 2,288.)
The winners from the four regional sites will advance to the NCAA Semifinals and Finals at the UofL Athletics Downtown Arena in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 13 to 15, 2012.
Tracking The Boilermakers
Follow Purdue volleyball on the web with streaming video, live audio and live statistics on purduesports.com. Live statistics are available via the GameTracker feature, while free audio broadcasts are available by clicking the listen links on the schedule page. Streaming video is available for a monthly fee via the Purdue All-Access Pass.
Be a part of Purdue volleyball online via the social networking services Facebook and Twitter. Join the Official Purdue Volleyball group on Facebook, or follow Boilermaker coach Dave Shondell's tweets at twitter.com/PurdueVB.
On The Small Screen
The Boilermakers will have three televised matches in 2010, all airing live on the Big Ten Network. The Sept. 22 match at Indiana, the Oct. 23 match vs. Michigan and the Nov. 10 rematch with Indiana all will be shown on the network.
In addition, five of the team's home matches will stream live on BigTenNetwork.com via the Student U initiative. The Sept. 10 contest with Connecticut, the Oct. 8 match with Penn State, the Oct. 22 match with Michigan State, the Nov. 5 match with Iowa and the Nov. 12 contest with Northwestern all will be live online. Select road matches also will be streamed - Oct. 15 at Illinois, Oct. 17 at Wisconsin and Oct. 29 at Ohio State.
Streaming matches on BigTenNetwork.com are available for a fee through the website:
9/10 - UConn - BigTenNetwork.com streaming
9/22 - Indiana - Big Ten Network LIVE
10/8 - Penn State - BigTenNetwork.com streaming
10/15 - at Illinois - BigTenNetwork.com streaming
10/17 - at Wisconsin - BigTenNetwork.com streaming
10/22 - Michigan State - BigTenNetwork.com streaming
10/23 - Michigan - Big Ten Network LIVE
10/29 - at Ohio State - BigTenNetwork.com streaming
11/5 - Iowa - BigTenNetwork.com streaming
11/10 - Indiana - Big Ten Network LIVE
11/12 - Northwestern - BigTenNetwork.com streaming