Dec. 3, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Three Boilermakers were honored as the All-Big Ten teams were announced on Tuesday. Junior setter/outside hitter Val Nichol was named as an All-Big Ten selection, while redshirt senior libero Carly Cramer garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten acclaim. Redshirt senior Katie Griffin was named as Purdue's Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Nichol and Cramer's honors boost Purdue's All-Big Ten tally to 54. The Boilermakers have had at least one All-Big Ten honoree every year since 2003.
Nichol, the league's Player of the Week on Oct. 21, earned her first career Big Ten honor with the first team selection. The Normal, Ill., native posted 2.76 kills per set, while also adding 6.00 assists and 1.74 digs per set and 20 aces. She has recorded 18 double-doubles and one triple-double, a 15-kill, 34-assists and 15-dig effort against No. 15 Wisconsin, Nov. 2. The triple double was the first for a Boilermaker since 2009 and the 16th in program history. Nichol has led the Purdue offense in 16 matches and led the team in digs twice. She has posted double-digit kill tallies 14 times and double-digit digs on four occasions. The junior has helped Purdue's hitters to a .250 or better hitting percentage in 13 matches, while individually she has hit .250 or better 16 times, including .300 or better 13 times, .400 or better eight times and .500 or better twice. The Academic All-Big Ten selection also has chipped in team-leading blocking totals twice, while managing five or more stuffs twice.
Cramer garnered Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season after averaging a team-best 4.02 digs per set and serving up a team-high 31 aces. She ranks fourth in the Big Ten in both overall and conference play digs per set (4.14) and fifth in overall aces per set (0.28). The redshirt junior has tallied double-digit digs 26 times, including 20 or more five times, while leading the Boilers on 25 occasions. The Martinsville, Ind., native moved into second place on Purdue's all-time digs list with 1,760. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree also has dished out 96 assists (0.87 per set) and made good on 95 percent of her serve reception chances. Her passing helped the Boilers to a hitting percentage of .250 or better in 13 matches, including .300 or better in 10 contests.
Griffin was named as Purdue's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. The redshirt senior has put down 1.74 kills per set to go with 20 digs and 23 blocks in 62 sets this season. She led the team in kills at Wisconsin and posted her lone double-digit effort with 10 against Iowa, Nov. 23. The Avon, Ind., native also added five or more blocks once, with a career-high five at USF, Sept. 14. She hit .250 or better in seven matches, including .300 or better five times and .400 or better on four occasions.
The No. 19 Boilermakers embark on their ninth NCAA Tournament journey in the last 10 seasons when they face off with Central Arkansas at 5:30 p.m. ET Friday in Columbia, Mo.