Oct. 12, 2011
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. vs. Penn State
Video: BTN.com streaming, airs at noon on Oct. 17. Audio: WSHY 1410 AM and purduesports.com. Live Stats: purduesports.com.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. vs. Ohio State
Video: BTN.com streaming, airs at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. Audio: WSHY 1410 AM and purduesports.com. Live Stats: purduesports.com.
Promotion: Girl Scout Night - Ice Cream Social after match.
The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The 11th-ranked Boilermakers (15-2, 4-2 Big Ten) are off to their best start since the 2006 season. Purdue returns 12 players, including five starters, from the 2010 team which went 24-11, defeated three Top 10 foes and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final. Head coach Dave Shondell is in his ninth season with the team.
Last Time Out: Purdue split a pair of road contests last week, falling to No. 6 Nebraska in four sets, but rebounding with a sweep of Iowa.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Ariel Turner paces the Boilermaker offense with 4.69 kills per set, while also adding 2.56 digs per set and 15 aces. Middle blocker Tiffany Fisher has put down 2.82 kills per set, while hitting .407, putting up 0.98 blocks per set and serving up 15 aces. Outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak (2.07), outside hitter Val Nichol (2.00) and outside hitter Katie Griffin (1.89) follow. Middle blocker Anna Drewry chips in 1.53 kills per set and 1.05 blocks per set, while middle blocker Kierra Jones paces Purdue at the net with 1.23 blocks per set.
Defensively, Blair Bashen leads a group of five players with more than two digs per set. Bashen manages 3.95 saves per stanza, while serving up a team-best 15 aces. Libero Carly Cramer (2.70), Turner (2.56), defensive specialist Emily Ehlers (2.50) and setter Rachel Davis (2.43) round out the group. Cramer adds 12 aces to the team's tally, which Davis also contributes 11.38 assists per set. Purdue is outhitting opponents .266 to .129 and outblocking foes 2.72 to 1.53.
Penn State (PSU leads the series 44-6): The Boilermakers won five of the first six contests with the Nittany Lions in the series which began on Nov. 7, 1981. Since 1988, Penn State had won 42 straight, including 36 in 3-0 sweeps, before Purdue took a five-set decision on Oct 8, 2010. The win marked the first time the Boilermakers had taken two sets from the Nittany Lions since a 2005 meeting in University Park and the first Purdue win over PSU since Dec. 4, 1987. PSU took the Oct. 30 meeting 3-1.
Ohio State (OSU leads the series 41-34): The teams split the first 14 matches in the series which began on Oct. 31, 1975. The last of those contests kicked off an eight-match streak for the Boilermakers. Purdue would go on to win 17 of the next 20 in the series, including the eight straight victories from 1980 to 1983. Ohio State dominated the series over the next 15 years, posting 29 wins in 32 attempts from 1990 to 2005. One of the misses was a four-set Purdue win in 2003, which marked the Boilermakers' first victory in Columbus since 1988. Purdue has won eight of the last 10, including a 2010 season sweep.
News About the Nittany Lions
At First Glance: The No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions (11-5, 4-2), are tied for third place in the Big Ten with Purdue at 4-2. The Nittany Lions return 10 letterwinners, including five starters, from the 2010 roster which posted a 32-5 record and won its fourth straight national title. Penn State is coached by Russ Rose, who is in his 33rd year with the team.
Last Time Out: The Nittany Lions went 1-1 at home last weekend, topping Northwestern in five sets and falling to No. 1 Illinois in five sets.
Statistically Speaking: Middle blocker Ariel Scott and outside hitter Deja McClendon pace the Nittany Lion offense with 3.35 and 3.34 kills per set respectively. Middle blocker Katie Slay follows with 2.11 kills per set, while outside hitter Aiyana Whitney adds 1.88 kills per set. Slay is hitting at a team-best .397 clip, while also putting up a team-leading 1.39 blocks per set. Outside hitter Nia Grant chips in 0.93 blocks per set.
Defensive specialists Ali Longo (2.52) and Kristin Carpenter (2.34) and setter Micha Hancock (2.30) account for the bulk of the PSU defense. McClendon also adds 1.79 digs per set. Hancock also dishes out 9.50 assists per set and has served up 49 aces. Longo has served up 15 aces.
An Overview of Ohio State
At First Glance: The No. 24 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) are coming off a four-match homestand. OSU returns eight letterwinners, including three starters, from the 2010 roster which posted a 24-12 record and finished 19th in the final AVCA rankings. Ohio State is coached by Geoff Carlston, who is in his fourth year with the team.
Last Time Out: The Buckeyes split a pair of home matches last weekend, falling to No. 1 Illinois via sweep, but rebounding with a four-set win over Northwestern.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Mari Hole, a tranfer from UCLA, leads the OSU offense with 4.15 kills per set, while also adding 2.66 digs per set and 16 aces to the team's tallies. Outside hitter Emily Danks (3.56), outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (2.32) and middle blocker Kelli Barhorst (2.32) follow. Barhorst is hitting a team-best .330 clip and also paces the team at the net with 1.07 blocks per set. Danks has served up a team-leading 39 aces.
Defensively, libero Sarah Mignin leads the way, pulling up 4.75 digs per set to go with her 14 aces. Hole (2.66), defensive specialist Alyssa Winner (2.05) and setter Amanda Peterson (1.91) follow. Peterson also dishes out 9.35 per set, while Taylor Sherwin has handed out 11.21 digs per set.
Comparing the Teams
Stat. Purdue PSU OSU
Hit. % .266 .250 .244
Kills 14.02 12.97 14.75
Assists 13.02 11.84 13.69
Aces 1.41 1.72 1.26
Blocks 2.72 2.66 2.35
Digs 15.34 13.31 16.18
Garnering National Recognition
The Boilermakers held strong at No. 11 in this week's AVCA Coaches Poll. This week's ranking is Purdue's 107th all time since the AVCA polls began in 1982, including preseason and postseason listings. The No. 11 ranking is Purdue's highest since finishing 11th in the final poll of 2010.
Among The Nation
The Boilermakers rank among the top 50 nationally in five statistical categories. With a 15-2 record, Purdue ranks 10th in winning percentage (.882). The Boilermakers also are 16th in hitting percentage (.266), 18th in blocks per set (2.72), 22nd in kills per set (14.02) and 27th in assists per set (13.02).
Individually, senior middle blocker Tiffany Fisher ranks 10th nationally in hitting percentage with a .407 effort. Junior outside hitter Ariel Turner ranks seventh in points per set (5.44) and 10th in kills per set (4.69). Redshirt sophomore setter Rachel Davis ranks 16th in assists per set (11.38). Freshman middle Kierra Jones ranks 44th in blocks per set (1.23).
Back To Back
Outside hitter Ariel Turner capped a big weekend with her second straight Big Ten Player of the Week accolade. Turner paced the Purdue offense with 5.71 kills per set, while hitting at a .252 clip and adding 2.85 digs and 0.71 blocks per set. The junior also joined the 1,000 kill club in Set 4 against Nebraska and added her seventh double double of the season.
Turner recorded her 1,000th career kill against No. 6 Nebraska en route to a 24-kill, 11-dig double double. She tallied seven kills and a stuff in the second set, which Purdue won 25-20, and added nine, including #1,000, in the decisive fourth set.
Against the Hawkeyes, Turner managed a match-high 16 kills, while hitting .333, serving up two aces and adding nine digs.
Small Screen Stars
The Boilermaker volleyball team is slated to make a six television appearances in 2011, including two live from Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium.
The Big Ten Network will air Purdue's Friday, Sept. 23 match against Michigan State, live from Belin Court at 8 p.m. ET. Less than a week later, BTN will air the Boilermakers' Wednesday, Sept. 28 match against Northwestern in Evanston, live at 8 p.m. ET. The team's Oct. 14 match against Penn State, Oct. 15 match vs. Ohio State and Oct. 19 match against Indiana will be streamed live on BTN.com, but will be re-aired on the Big Ten Network at later dates. The squad also will have its Wednesday, Nov. 2 match at home against Illinois aired live at 8 p.m. ET.
Twelve of Purdue's conference matches will be streamed live on btn.com. Matches streamed on BTN.com are available as part of the Purdue or Big Ten's All-Access Packages. Fans may purchase the Purdue School Pass for a monthly charge of $9.95 to access broadcasts streamed on purduesports.com as well as Purdue's home and away events streamed on BTN.com. Fans can also purchase a season pass for $79.95. A Big Ten Digital Network Conference Pass, available for a monthly charge of $14.95 or $119.95 yearly allows access to broadcasts of all Big Ten schools, except Nebraska, and all BTN.com broadcasts.
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. Follow the team on twitter at twitter.com/PurdueVB or Boilermaker coach Dave Shondell's tweets at twitter.com/daveshondell.