Nov. 25, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue volleyball team earned its third straight NCAA Tournament berth and eighth in the last nine seasons, the NCAA announced Sunday.
Purdue will take on Colorado State in the first round match at 4:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla. No. 9 seeded Florida State and Hofstra will face off in the other first round match at 6:30 p.m. The winners of Friday's matches will meet in a 4:30 p.m. Saturday contest. All matches will take place in Tully Gym on the campus of Florida State University.
Head coach Dave Shondell discussed the Boilermakers' potential opponents and the team's focus.
Colorado State posted a 21-7 record, including a 13-3 mark en route to the Mountain West regular season title.
Florida State earned the No. 9 overall seed after posting a 27-3 record, including an 18-2 finish in ACC play. The 12th-ranked Seminoles secured their bid after winning their fourth Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Hofstra (21-13) is making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance after earning the Colonial Athletic Association's automatic bid. The Pride won the CAA Tournament title despite posting a 6-6 mark in conference play.
This is Purdue's 15th overall NCAA Tournament appearance and its eighth in the last nine seasons. The berth gives the team a chance to improve its 19-14 all-time tournament record.
Purdue is one of 12 schools to make seven NCAA appearances in the last eight seasons, advancing to at least the second round each time. In addition, the Boilermakers have made five Sweet 16 berths in the last seven seasons, making the program one of just nine in the nation that can boast the accomplishment.
Purdue advanced to the second round five straight years (2004-2008), including Sweet 16 appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2008. In the 2010 Tournament, Purdue defeated Kentucky and Louisville at home on Belin Court, before advancing to the program's first Elite Eight appearance since 1982 with a win over No. 1 Florida. The Boilermakers fell to No. 6 Texas to end the program's furthest run in the tournament in the 64-team era. In 2011, the Boilermakers downed Morehead State and Louisville on Belin Court before falling to Florida State in the Sweet 16.
Seven Big Ten teams were selected to the 2011 NCAA field and five of those were awarded Top 16 national seeds. The seven bids were the most awarded to any conference in 2012, tied with seven from the Pac-12.