Nov. 29, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 20 Boilermaker volleyball team wraps up the regular season on Saturday night against Michigan State. Prior to the match, beginning at 6:55 p.m., the team will honor the careers of five senior players as well as two support staff members.
Since libero Carly Cramer, setter Rachel Davis and outside hitters Katie Griffin and Catherine Rebarchak arrived at Purdue in 2009, the Boilermakers have posted a 108-55 mark, including 23 wins against Top 25 opponents and at least one win over all 11 Big Ten foes. This group of fifth-year players along with four-year player Hilliary Fox has led Purdue to three straight Sweet 16 appearances, including an Elite Eight berth in 2010.
The quintet has helped the Boilermakers to seven wins over Top 10 opponents, including two in 2013 as well as the program's first ever win over a No. 1 ranked foe when the team downed No. 1 Florida in the 2010 Sweet 16.
Collectively, they have garnered 13 Academic All-Big Ten honors, an honorable mention All-Big Ten award, two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and one AVCA National Player of the Week accolade.
Radio Interview with Cramer
Cramer has made an impact on the team as an emotional leader and a defensive stalwart. She ranks second in program history in digs with 1,742 and also is fourth in career digs per set. The 2012 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection owns two spots among the season top 10 in digs and digs per set and is one of just five players to have reached the 30-dig milestone in a match twice during her career. The Martinsville, Indiana, native has posted double-digit dig totals in 91 matches, while also adding 102 aces and 339 assists and successfully handing 96 percent of her serve reception chances. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, the food science major is set to graduate in May. She will be joined on Senior Night by her parents Bill and Cindy Cramer, sisters Lori, Jill and Sara, grandmother Gretchen Koons, niece Faith Dubose and nephew Jayden Dubose.
Rachel has been a calming presence on the team from the setter position for the last four seasons. She has dished out 3,202 assists, ranking eighth all-time. The Kalamazoo, Michigan, native has handed out double-digit assists in 102 career matches, and has added 835 digs. She has posted 32 assist-dig double-doubles in her career. The AVCA National Player of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honoree ranked in the Top 50 nationally in assists per set in 2011. A three-time Academic-All-Big Ten and two-time Academic All-District honoree, the elementary education major is set to graduate in May. She will be joined on Senior Night by her parents Paul and Carolann, brother Isaac and sister Alyssa.
Radio Interview with Davis
Hilliary has been a steady defensive performer for the Boilermakers for the last four years. She has been a mainstay on the floor the last three years, totaling 518 digs in 82 matches, including 33 starts. The Montgomery, Indiana, native has recorded double-digit dig tallies in 21 matches, including 12 this season, while making good on 96 percent of her serve reception chances. She has saved her best for last, averaging 2.58 digs per set, including 20 digs each against Illinois and Northwestern this year. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, the organizational leadership and supervision major will graduate in May. Hilliary will be joined on Senior Night by her parents Christine and Harold and sisters Jessica and Katie.
Radio Interview with Fox
Katie has been an offensive spark for the Boilermakers during her career, providing key performances in big matches. In 96 matches, she has put down 425 kills, including double-digit efforts in seven contests. She ranks third in hitting percentage in five set matches with a .588 effort against Iowa in 2011. The Avon, Indiana native also has added 79 digs and 80 blocks. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, the family and consumer science education major will graduate in May. Katie will be joined on Senior Night by her parents Clark and Julie and sister Rachel.
Radio Interview with Griffin
Catherine has been a consistent offensive contributor across the front row, playing in 119 matches in the left and the right side hitter positions. She has racked up 886 kills, averaging 2.23 per set, and putting up double-digit kill tallies in 40 matches. The All-Big Ten Freshman team selection has recorded in double-digit dig tallies on three occasions and two double-doubles. The Mobile, Alabama, native has put up a team-best 2.92 kills as a senior, while upping her career totals to 284 blocks and 219 digs. A selling and sales management major, Catherine will graduate in December. She will be joined on Senior Night by her parents Jim and Charlesa, brothers Michael and Jack, sister Vance and niece Doro.
Radio Interview with Rebarchak
The No. 20 Boilermakers (19-11, 10-9 Big Ten) will face off with No. 19 Michigan State at 7 p.m. Saturday.