Match Notes 10: vs. No. 10 Minnesota, No. 15 Wisconsin

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM The No. 16 Boilermakers enter the weekend tied for fourth place in the Big Ten.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
The No. 16 Boilermakers enter the weekend tied for fourth place in the Big Ten.
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Oct. 29, 2013

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The Slate
Big Ten Week 6
Holloway Gymnasium - West Lafayette, Ind.
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Friday, Nov. 1: 7 p.m. Minnesota at Purdue
Promotions: Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night - All Purdue faculty/staff receive $5 admission with ID.

Saturday, Nov. 2: 7 p.m. Wisconsin at Purdue
Promotions: Scout Night - All scouts and their families receive $5 admission.
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The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The No. 16 Boilermakers (15-6, 6-4 Big Ten) bring a four-match win streak into this weekend's homestand, which opens the second half of Big Ten play. Purdue posted a 23-11 record, including a fifth place finish in Big Ten play and a Sweet 16 berth. 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: Purdue extended their current win streak to four matches, sweeping in-state foe Indiana on Wednesday and toppling No. 17 Michigan in a Saturday road match.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak leads a group of six hitters averaging nearly two kills per set or more. Rebarchak is averaging 3.04 kills per set. Setter/outside hitter Val Nichol has put down 2.53 kills per set, while also dishing out 6.01 assists per set and managing 1.82 digs and 0.64 blocks per set. Outside hitters Sam Epenesa (2.28), Annie Drews (1.95) and Katie Griffin (1.85) and middle blocker KiKi Jones (2.08) round out the group. Jones is hitting at a team-best .376 clip and adds a team-leading 1.19 blocks per set and 16 aces to the team's tallies. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Faye Adelaja adds 1.17 blocks per set to go with 1.38 kills per stanza.

Defensively, libero Carly Cramer leads the way with 4.00 digs per set. Defensive specialists Hilliary Fox (2.25) and Amanda Neill (1.93), setter Rachel Davis (1.91), and Nichol (1.82) follow. Cramer has served up a team-best 23 aces, followed by Neill (21), Jones (16) and Epenesa (11). As a team, Purdue is hitting .241 and has served up 93 aces.

Series Information
Minnesota (Minnesota leads the series 46-28): 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. The Gophers have won the last three contests, a 3-1 decision on Oct. 20, 2012, in Minneapolis and on Dec. 7 in the NCAA Sweet 16 in West Lafayette as well as the Sept. 29 meeting in Minneapolis.

Wisconsin (Wisconsin leads the series 38-30): The teams split the first six contests of the series which began on Oct. 11, 1975. Purdue surged ahead in the series with 10 straight wins from 1981 to 1986. The Badgers won 11 of the next 19, but never more than two matches in a row. Wisconsin went ahead in the series with 17 straight wins from 1996 to 2004. The Boilermakers stopped the streak, taking two of the next three matches. The Badgers swept the 2006 and 2007 meetings, but Purdue swept the 2008 and 2009 contests, winning three via five-set decisions. The teams split the 2010 meetings with each winning on its home court. The Badgers won the Sept. 27 contest in Madison, snapping a two-match Purdue win streak: a sweep on Nov. 25, 2011, in Madison, and a 3-1 decision on Nov. 23, 2012, in West Lafayette.

What a Difference a Win Makes...
If the Boilermakers top No. 10 Minnesota on Friday:

• They will move to 16-6 overall and 7-4 in Big Ten play this season.

• They will extend their current win streak to five matches.

• They will record their fourth win over a ranked foe in 2013 (also #12 Ohio State, #8 Nebraska, #17 Michigan).

• They will record their seventh win over a Top 10 foe since 2010. (#4 Penn State, #10 Illinois & #1 Florida in 2010; #5 Illinois & #2 Nebraska in 2011 and #9 Nebraska in 2013).

• They will move to 4-17 against the Gophers under Coach Shondell, including a 4-7 mark when playing in West Lafayette.

• They will improve to 189-157 all-time when playing in the month of November, including a 7-4 mark when playing on Nov. 1.

Getting To Know The Gophers
At First Glance: The No.10 Minnesota Golden Gophers (19-4, 7-3 Big Ten) have won four of their last five matches heading into the second half of Big Ten play. The Gopher roster includes four starters from the 2012 team that finished 27-8, placed second in the Big Ten and advanced to the Elite Eight. Minneosta is coached by Hugh McCutcheon, who is in his second season with the team.

Last Time Out: The Gophers split matches last weekend, falling to No. 16 Wisconsin in a Wednesday road match, but rebounding with a four set win over Northwestern on Sunday.

Statistically Speaking: Middle blocker Tori Dixon leads the Gophers with 3.88 kills per set on a .406 hitting percentage, while also serving up 16 aces and leading the team at the net with 1.36 blocks per set. Outside hitters Ashley Wittman (3.32) and Daly Santana (2.81) and middle blocker Adrianna Nora (2.26) also add more than two kills per set. Wittman is hitting at a .307 clip and also adds 3.32 digs per set, while Santana chips in a team-best 29 aces and 2.73 digs per set. Middle blocker Hannah Tapp also aids the team at the net with 1.21 blocks per set.

Defensively, Wittman leads a group of four players with more than two digs per set. Wittman (3.32), Santana (2.73), setter Alexandra Palmer (2.44) and defensive specialist Lindsey Lawmaster (2.32) make up the group. As a team, Minnesota is hitting .281 and has served up 95 aces.

Words About Wisconsin
At First Glance: The No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers (17-5, 6-4 Big Ten) have won just three of their last seven matches dating to Oct. 2 after starting the season 14-1. The Badgers return 12 letterwinners, including four starters, from the 2012 team that posted a 17-16 mark and finished ninth in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is coached by Kelly Sheffield, who is in his first year with the team. Purdue alumna Brittany Dildine (2003-06) is an assistant coach with the Badgers.

Last Time Out: The Badgers upset No. 7 Minnesota in Madison on Wednesday, but fell to Illinois in four sets on Sunday to wrap up the first half of Big Ten play.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Ellen Chapman headlines the UW offense, turning in 3.39 kills per set on a .249 hitting percentage with a team-best 22 aces. Setter/outside hitter Courtney Thomas (2.70), outside hitter Deme Morales (2.52) and middle blocker Dominique Thompson (2.25) also average more than two kills per set. Middle blocker Haleigh Nelson adds 1.54 kills per set, while hitting at a team-best .324 clip and leading the team with 1.06 blocks per set. Thompson adds 1.07 blocks per set.

Defensively, libero Annemarie Hickey leads the way with 3.67 digs per set. Defensive specialist Taylor Morey (3.24), setter Lauren Carlini (2.90), Thomas (2.90), and Morales (2.49) also aid the defense. As a team, Wisconsin is hitting .221 and has served up 114 aces. Six players have served up double-digit ace tallies.

Poll Position
The Boilermakers moved up five spots to No. 16 in the AVCA Coaches Poll after spending last week at No. 21. 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 42 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 138th 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).

Among The Nation
The Boilermakers rank 44th nationally in blocks per set with 2.60. Individually, junior KiKi Jones ranks 43rd in hitting percentage (.376), and fifth in the Big Ten.

Jones Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
Junior middle blocker KiKi Jones was the second Boilermaker volleyball player honored in as many weeks as she was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in Purdue's wins against Indiana and No. 17 Minnesota. The honor follows classmate Val Nichol's Big Ten Player of the Week selection on Oct. 21. Jones paced Purdue at the net with 1.57 blocks per set as Purdue held foes to just a .177 hitting percentage. She had a team-best four stuffs against Indiana and added four kills in the final stanza. Against Michigan, the Fishers, Ind., native posted a match-high seven stuffs, including four key blocks in the third set turnaround as Purdue came back from a seven-point deficit (16-9) to take a 22-20 lead en route to a 25-22 win. She added four kills and three stuffs in the final stanza of the upset win.

The honor is the first for Jones since garnering Big Ten Freshman and Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Nov. 7, 2011. She also earned Freshman and Defensive hono rs on Oct. 17, 2011 and Freshman of the Week accolades on Aug. 29, 2011.