Nov. 26, 2013
Big Ten Week 10
University Gym ~ Bloomington, Ind.; Holloway Gymnasium ~ West Lafayette, Ind.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: 7 p.m. Purdue at Indiana
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Saturday, Nov. 30: 7 p.m. Purdue vs. Michigan State
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The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The No. 20 Boilermakers (18-11, 9-9 Big Ten) wrap up the regular season against Michigan State after facing Indiana on Wednesday. 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. Head coach Dave Shondell is in his 11th season with the team.
Last Time Out: The Boilermakers won a pair of home contests last weekend, upsetting No. 6 Nebraska via sweep and topping Iowa in four sets.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak leads a group of six hitters averaging nearly two kills per set or more. Rebarchak is averaging 2.95 kills per set and also adds 0.65 blocks per set. Setter/outside hitter Val Nichol has put down 2.75 kills per set, while also dishing out 6.06 assists per set and managing 1.82 digs and 0.60 blocks per set. Outside hitters Sam Epenesa (2.26), Annie Drews (1.90) and Katie Griffin (1.78) and middle blocker KiKi Jones (2.10) round out the group. Jones is hitting at a team-best .391 clip and adds a team-leading 1.19 blocks per set and 23 aces to the team's tallies. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Faye Adelaja adds 1.10 blocks per set to go with 1.39 kills per stanza.
Defensively, libero Carly Cramer leads the way with 4.05 digs per set. Defensive specialists Hilliary Fox (2.57) and Amanda Neill (1.92), setter Rachel Davis (1.97), and Nichol (1.82) follow. Cramer has served up a team-best 30 aces, followed by Neill (27) and Jones (23). As a team, Purdue is hitting .240 and has served up 127 aces.
Indiana (Purdue leads the series 57-34): 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 10 of the last 12, including season sweeps in 2008 and 2010 and 2011. The teams split the 2012 contests, each winning on its home court. Purdue won the Oct. 22 meeting via sweep.
Michigan State (Purdue leads the series 46-27): Michigan State won the first four contests in the series which began on Oct. 18, 1975. Purdue rebounded by taking 29 of the next 30 matches, including 24 straight from 1981 to 1993. The Spartans snapped the streak with a five-set win on Nov. 13, 1993, and continued on to win 18 of the next 19, including an 11-match streak from that five-setter until Nov. 12, 1998. The Boilermakers swept MSU on Oct. 10, 2003 to start Purdue's current streak of 16 wins in the last 19 contests. Purdue has taken the last six matches, with season sweeps in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
What a Difference a Win Makes...
If the Boilermakers top Indiana on Wednesday:
They will move to 19-11 overall and 10-9 in Big Ten play this season.
They will extend their current win streak to three matches.
They will secure the Monon Spike travelling trophy for the sixth-straight year and 10th time in 11 tries under Coach Shondell.
They will have swept the season series with the Hoosiers and move to 19-3 against the Hoosiers under Coach Shondell.
They will improve to 192-162 all-time when playing in the month of November, including a 3-5 mark when playing on Nov. 27.
Hearing About The Hoosiers
At First Glance: The Indiana Hoosiers (9-20, 1-17 Big Ten) are looking to snap an eight-match losing streak. The Hoosiers return 10 letterwinners, including four starters, from the 2012 roster which posted a 12-20 record and finished 12th in the Big Ten. Indiana is coached by Sherry Dunbar, who is in her sixth year with the team.
Last Time Out: The Hoosiers went 0-2 last weekend, falling to No. 6 Nebraska via sweep and to Iowa in five sets.
Statistically Speaking: Middle blocker Morgan Leach leads a group of four hitters averaging two kills per set. Leach has put down 2.72 kills per set and is hitting at a .245 clip. Middle blocker Awele Nwaeze (2.34) and outside hitters Jordan Haverly (2.60) and Amelia Anderson (2.34) round out the group. Haverly has served up a team-best 24 aces and added 1.99 digs per set, while Nwaeze is putting up a team-best 0.87 blocks per set and has served up 14 aces.
Defensively, libero Caitlin Hansen leads the team with 3.75 digs per set. Haverly (1.99), defensive specialist Taylor Lebo (1.82), setter Megan Tallman (1.30) and setter Katie Gallagher (1.29) aid the team. The trio also has added ace tallies of 15, 18 and 12. As a team, Indiana is hitting .189 and has served up 113 aces.
Scouting The Spartans
At First Glance: The No. 19 Michigan State Spartans (20-10, 9-9 Big Ten) faces off with instate rival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday before ending the regular season in West Lafayette. MSU returns 10 letterwinners, including six starters, from the 2012 squad which went 25-10 and finished sixth in the Big Ten. MSU is coached by Cathy George, who is in her ninth year with the team.
Last Time Out: The Spartans have lost four of their last five matches, including a pair of four set home losses to No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 11 Minneota last weekend. MSU started the season 17-1, but has dropped nine of their last 12 matches.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Lauren Wicinski paces the Spartan offense with 4.41 kills per set, while also adding a team-best 47 aces and 1.94 digs per set to the team's tallies. Outside hitter Chloe Reinig (2.71) and middle blocker Alexis Mathews (2.14) also add more than two kills per set, while outside hitter Taylor Galloway (1.79) and middle blocker Allyssah Fitterer (1.75) round out the offense. Mathews leads the team at the net with 1.48 blocks per set, while also hitting at a team-best .400 clip. Galloway chips in 2.22 digs per set.
Libero Kori Moster bolsters the MSU defense with 4.75 digs per set to go with 32 aces. Galloway (2.22), Wicinski (1.94) and setter Kristen Kelsay (1.88) also aid the defense. As a team, Michigan State is hitting .249 and has served up 166 aces.
The Boilermakers moved up five spots to No. 20 in the AVCA Coaches Poll after spending last week at No. 25. 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 46 consecutive polls dating to Nov. 29, 2010.
This week's ranking is Purdue's 142nd all-time since the AVCA polls began in 1982, including preseason and postseason listings.
Among The Nation
The Boilermakers rank 56th nationally in blocks per set with 2.52. Individually, junior KiKi Jones ranks 30th in hitting percentage (.391), and fifth in the Big Ten.
In The Record Book
Junior KiKi Jones put her name among the career Top 10 in block assists, boosting her tally to 337 to rank seventh all-time. She also is just three total blocks away from breaking into the career top 10 in that category.
Junior setter/outside hitter Val Nichol is approaching her 700th career kill (697) and redshirt senior Catherine Rebarchak (880) is coming up on her 900th career putaway. Sophomore outside hitter Annie Drews is 12 kills away from her 400th.
Junior middle blocker KiKi Jones recorded her 600th career kill at No. 25 Illinois, Nov. 16. She now has 618 putaways in her career. Senior Hilliary Fox recorded her 500th career dig against No. 6 Nebraska, Nov. 22, and now has 510.