Game Notes 9: at Indiana, No. 10 Minnesota

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Redshirt junior Carly Cramer will lead the Boilermakers south to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers on Tuesday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Redshirt junior Carly Cramer will lead the Boilermakers south to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers on Tuesday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 15, 2012

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

The Slate
Tuesday, Oct. 16 - 8 p.m. at Indiana
Television: Live on the Big Ten Network;
Mike Wolf (Play by Play), Liz Tortorello-Nelson (Color).
Radio/Live Stats: purduesports.com

Saturday, Oct. 20 - 8 p.m. at Minnesota
Video: gophersports.com (All-Access)
Radio/Live Stats: purduesports.com

The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The No. 17 Boilermakers (14-5, 5-3 Big Ten) wrap up a four-match road swing at Indiana and Minnesota this week. Purdue returns 12 players, including five starters, from the 2011 team which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Head coach Dave Shondell is in his 10th season with the team, which was picked third in the 2012 Big Ten preseason poll.

Last Time Out: The Boilermakers fell to No. 1 Penn State, but rebounded with a four-set win over Ohio State.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Ariel Turner paces the Boilermakers with 4.18 kills and 2.79 digs per set, while also serving up a team-leading 20 aces. Outside hitters Catherine Rebarchak (2.27) and Annie Drews (2.15) also add more than two kills per set, while middle blocker Anna Drewry (1.87), middle blocker Kiki Jones (1.78) and outside hitter Val Nichol (1.53) also contribute offensively. Jones is hitting a team-best .372 clip, while four others are hitting .250 or better.

Defensively, libero Carly Cramer has posted 4.03 digs per set, while Turner (2.79), defensive specialist Amanda Neill (2.36), setter Rachel Davis (2.20) and defensive specialist Hilliary Fox (1.80) follow. Cramer also has served up 18 aces and Miller has added 12. At the net, middle blockers Kaisley Fisher, Drewry and Jones pace the team with 1.25, 1.00 and 0.93 stuffs per set. Jones also adds 11 aces to the team tally. As a team, Purdue is hitting .251 and has served up 82 aces.

Series Information
Indiana (Purdue leads the series 55-33): The Boilermakers won the first two meetings in the series with the Hoosiers, which began on Oct. 4, 1975, but Indiana took eight of the next nine. Purdue launched a 24-match win streak on Sept. 20, 1978, which lasted through the end of the 1985 season. The teams split the next 14 matches. The Hoosiers took 16 of the next 21 contests from 1992 to 2002. The Boilermakers swept the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons. An IU win in Bloomington snapped the streak, but Purdue has won eight of the last nine, including season sweeps in 2008 and 2010 and 2011.

Minnesota (Minnesota leads the series 43-28): Purdue dominated the early part of the series with the Golden Gophers, which began on Oct. 11, 1975, posting 18 wins in the first 20 meetings. Minnesota won 19 of the next 25, though Purdue swept the 1990 series. The Boilermakers took the 1998 series in a pair of five set matches, but the Gophers won 22 of the next 24. Purdue took a 3-1 win in the lone 2011 meeting, snapping an 11-match UM win streak and marking the first Purdue win since 2005.

What a Difference a Win Makes...
If the Boilermakers top Indiana on Tuesday ...

• They will move to 15-5 on the season and 6-3 in Big Ten play and extend their current win streak to two matches.

• They will have beaten Indiana in six straight matches and move to 17-2 all-time against Indiana under Coach Shondell.

• They will move to 257-195-1 all-time in the month of October, including a 12-5 mark on Oct. 16.

Hearing about the Hoosiers
At First Glance: The Indiana Hoosiers (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten) are looking for their first win since Sept. 15 when they face off with Purdue and Wisconsin this week. Indiana returns nine letterwinners, including five starters, from the 2011 squad which posted a 9-23 record and finished tied for 11th in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are coached by Sherry Dunbar, who is in her sixth year with the team.

Last Time Out: Indiana fell to No. 19 Ohio State and No. 1 Penn State in four-set matches.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Jordan Haverly headlines the IU offense with 3.90 kills per set, while also adding 2.40 digs per set and 23 aces. Right side hitter Kelci Marschall (2.51), middle blockers Morgan Leach (2.25) and Samantha Thrower (2.08) also add more than two kills per set. Thrower is hitting at a team-best .312 clip, while also putting up 1.23 blocks per set and serving 17 aces. Outside hitter Amelia Anderson (1.96 kps) also contributes to the offense.

Defensively, libero Caitlin Hansen leads the way with 3.32 digs per set. Haverly (2.40), defensive specialist Courtney Harnish (2.14) and freshman setter Katie Gallagher (2.08) also add more than two saves per set. Gallagher and senior Whitney Granado have split time at setter, averaging 10.75 and 10.26 assists per set respectively. As a team, IU is hitting .204 and has served up 95 aces.

Getting A Grip On The Gophers
At First Glance: The No. 10 Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten) take on Wisconsin on Wednesday before playing host to the Boilermakers on Saturday. Minnesota returns nine letterwinners, including four starters from the 2011 team which went 20-12 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Minnesota is coached by Hugh McCutcheon, who is in his first year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Gophers split contests on the road at Iowa and Nebraska last week, topping the Hawkeyes in four sets on Friday, before falling to the No. 3 Huskers in four sets on Sunday.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Katherine Harms leads a group of four hitters with more than two kills per set. Harms has posted 4.38 kills per set, while hitting at a .343 clip, adding 2.50 digs per set and 0.75 blocks per set. Middle blocker Tori Dixon (3.10) and outside hitters Ashley Wittman (2.97) and Daly Santana (2.29) round out the group. Dixon is hitting a team-best .455 clip and adds a team-leading 0.93 blocks per set, while Santana has served up 35 aces.

Defensively, Wittman (2.90), defensive specialist Lindsey Lawmaster (2.76), Harms (2.50) and Santana (2.38) have split the load, each averaging more than two digs per set. Setter Alexandra Palmer (1.81) has also aided the defense. Palmer (9.31 aps) has split time setting with senior Mia Tabberson (4.17 aps). As a team, Minnesota is hitting .313 and has served up 110 aces.

Among The Nation
The Boilermakers rank among the nation's top 50 in hitting percentage (30th with .259) and winning percentage (38th with .765). Individually, Ariel Turner ranks 24th in points per set (4.93) and 25th in kills per set (4.27), while Kiki Jones ranks 44th in hitting percentage (.371). As of 10/7

In The Records Book
Senior outside hitter Ariel Turner is climbing the all-time statistical rankings. She is just 15 kills away from the third place spot on the career list, currently held by Brooke White (1642). Turner also is just 17 swings away from taking over Debbie McDonald's second place spot on the hitting attempts list (4,783).

Redshirt junior libero Carly Cramer needs just 61 more digs to enter the Purdue career top 10 and match Jill Whiteman's tally of 1,120 from the 1987-90 seasons.

Also of note, redshirt junior setter Rachel Davis recorded her 2,000th career assist last weekend. She ranks 10th on Purdue's all-time list in the category.

Poll Position
The Boilermakers remained at No. 17 in the AVCA Coaches Poll for the second straight week.

On August 27, 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 123rd 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).

Turner Named Big Ten Player/Defensive Player of the Week
Senior outside hitter Ariel Turner was named Big Ten Player of the Week Oct. 1 for her efforts in wins over Northwestern and No. 21 Illinois and Defensive Player of the Week, Oct. 15, for her performances against No. 1 Penn State and No. 19 Ohio State.

The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year paced Purdue with 4.89 kills per set and added 2.89 digs per set, 0.40 blocks per set and an ace in the pair of wins over Illinois and Northwestern, which made Purdue 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1990. The senior moved into fourth place all time in career kills at Purdue with 1577. Turner also handled 14 of her 15 serve recieve chances.Against Northwestern, Turner narrowly missed a 20-20 effort with 19 kills and 17 digs, while also chipping in three blocks. The double-double was her sixth of the season. Against No. 21 Illinois, Turner put down 25 kills, while hitting at a .364 clip and adding nine digs and an ace.

Turner paced the Boilermakers with 3.43 kills, 3.29 digs and 1.00 blocks per set against the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes, while also making good on 93 percent of her serve reception opportunities. Against Penn State, the senior managed eight kills to go with a team-leading 11 digs. Against Ohio State, Turner posted a 16-kill, 12 dig double double, her ninth of the season, as well as a season-best five blocks. She racked up five kills in Purdue's come-from-behind 25-23 win in Set 4, including four putaways in the final six points as Purdue overcame a 21-19 deficit.

The Defensive Player of the Week honor is the first for Turner and marks her ninth career player of the week accolade.