Dec. 7, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker volleyball team will make its fourth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in six years on Friday when it faces off with No. 1 Florida in Austin, Texas. Purdue looks to advance to the Elite 8 for the first time since the field expanded to 64 teams.
Friday's contest will be streamed live at Texassports.com. A live audio broadcast will be available at purduesports.com and on WSHY 1410 AM in Lafayette. Live stats also will be available at purduesports.com.
Saturday's Elite Eight Contest will air live on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ET. Live audio and statistics will be available at purduesports.com.
The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The 24th-ranked Boilermakers (23-10, 12-8 Big Ten) finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten and won five of their last six regular season matches. The Purdue squad, which is making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance, features 10 returning players, including six starters, as well as three redshirt freshmen and two newcomers. Head coach Dave Shondell is in his eighth season with the team, having taken Purdue to five previous NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the second round each year, including three Sweet 16s.
Last Time Out: The Boilermakers advanced to the Sweet 16 after topping Kentucky and Louisville in the opening rounds at home on Belin Court. Purdue won both matches 3-1.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Ariel Turner paces the offense, averaging 3.61 kills per set, while also adding 1.72 digs and 15 aces. Middle hitter Tiffany Fisher registers 2.37 kills and 0.95 blocks per set, while serving up a team-leading 30 aces. Middle blocker Anna Drewry puts up 2.23 kills and 0.67 blocks per set. Outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak follows with 2.17 kills and 0.75 blocks per set. Outside hitter Katie Griffin (1.85) and middle blocker Kristen Arthurs (1.59) also contribute offensively. Arthurs racks up a team-leading 1.04 blocks per stanza.
Defensively, Carly Cramer leads the way with 3.94 digs per set, while also serving up 14 aces. Defensive specialists Emily Ehlers (2.78), Blair Bashen (2.56) and Turner (1.72) follow. Bashen has contributed 18 aces, while Ehlers has added 13. Setter Jaclyn Hart adds 1.72 digs and 0.78 blocks per set, while also dishing out 10.63 assists per stanza.
Florida (Florida leads the series 3-2): Purdue won the first two meetings against the Gators in the series which began on Sept. 3, 1988 at the FirsTier Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. Florida has won the last three contests, one in 1989, one in 1992 and the last on Sept. 2, 1995 in Gainesville. Purdue is 0-2 at home, 1-1 in Gainesville and 1-0 in neutral site meetings with the Gators.
Illinois (Illinois leads the series 40-33): Illinois won the first match in the series, which began on Oct. 25, 1975 in Champaign. Purdue countered with four of the next six before kicking off a seven-match win streak dating from Sept. 28, 1979 to Oct. 26, 1981. An Illini win stopped the streak, but Purdue responded with five more victories. Illinois won 29 of the next 38 contests from 1985 to 2003. The Boilermakers won six of the next seven including season sweeps in 2004 and 2006. Illinois took the next six in a row, including the Oct. 15, 2010 meeting. Purdue took the last contest with a 3-1 win on Nov. 27.
Texas (Texas leads the series 4-2): Texas has won four of the six meetings with Purdue in the series which began on Oct. 12, 1979 at the Houston Invitational. The Longhorns took the first contest, but the Boilermakers responded with a five-set win in West Lafayette. The teams split the next two meetings in Austin in 1984 and 1985. UT has won the last two contests, in 1987 and 2001. Purdue is 1-1 at home against Texas, 1-1 in Austin and 0-2 in neutral site meetings.
Facts About Florida
At First Glance: The No. 1 Florida Gators (29-1, 20-0 SEC), which have been ranked No. 1 since Oct. 11, bring a 24-match win streak into Friday's match. UF is making its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and 19th regional semifinal appearance in 20 years after capturing the SEC title to earn the league's automatic berth. The Gators went 25-6 in 2009, including a Sweet 16 appearance. Head coach Mary (Fischl) Wise, who played at Purdue from 1978-80, is in her 20th year with the team.
Last Time Out: The Gators advanced to the Sweet 16 after sweeping South Carolina State and edging Florida State in a five-set thriller at home in Gainesville last weekend. Florida came back from a 12-7 deficit in the fifth set to win 17-15.
Statistically Speaking: Setter/outside hitter Kelly Murphy paces the Florida offense with 3.07 kills per set, whle hitting at a .376 clip. Murphy also has served up a team-leading 41 aces, added 2.18 digs per set and dished out 5.48 assists per set as part of the Gators' two-setter offense. Outside hitters Callie Rivers (2.52) and Kristy Jaeckel (2.51) also average more than two kills per set, while middle blocker Lauren Bledsoe follows with 1.97 putaways. Bledsoe is hitting a team-best .402 clip and also puts up 1.07 blocks per set. Rivers chips in 2.32 digs perset and 32 aces, while Jaeckel has served up 29 aces and added 1.97 digs per set. Florida is hitting .294 as a team as Murphy and Chanel Brown (5.64 assists per set) run the offense.
Defensively, libero Erin Fleming has pulled up up a team-leading 3.56 digs per set, followed wby Rivers (2.32), Murphy (2.18) and Jaeckel (1.97). Middle blocker Cassandra Anderson paces the team at the net with 1.28 blocks per set.
What a Difference a Win Makes...
If the Boilermakers top No. 1 Florida on Friday ...
They will advance to the NCAA Elite 8 for the first time in program history under the 64-team field arrangement. It would make Purdue's second Regional Finals appearance (also 1982).
They will move to 17-12 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches, including an 11-5 mark under head coach Dave Shondell.
They will have defeated a No. 1 team for the first time in program history (in 11 tries).
They will have defeated a Top 5 team for only the second time in Boilermaker lore (also No. 4 Penn State, 10/8/10), in 39 tries.
They would post the program's 16th win over a Top 10 team and third of the season.
They will have posted their third win over a Top 25 foe in 2010. During the Dave Shondell era, Purdue has beaten 22 Top 25 teams, including five Top 10 opponents.
They will improve to 18-17 all-time when playing in the month of December.
They will move to 1-1 all-time when playing on Dec. 10. Purdue previously played on the date in the 1987 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Semifinals, falling to No. 10 Nebraska.
Comparing the Teams
Stat. Purdue Florida Illinois Texas Hit. % .233 .294 .240 .307 Kills 13.67 13.56 14.25 14.31 Assists 12.54 12.18 13.36 13.42 Aces 0.87 1.62 1.18 1.17 Blocks 2.55 2.84 2.14 2.53 Digs 14.90 12.72 15.78 13.45
Facts About The Fighting Illini
At First Glance: The No. 14 Illinois Fighting Illini (24-8, 14-6 Big Ten) are participating in their 19th NCAA Tournament and 12th Sweet 16 in 2010 after finishing second in the Big Ten. The Illini posted a 26-6 mark, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished second in Big Ten play in 2009. Illinois is coached by Kevin Hambly, who is in his second year with the team.
Last Time Out: Illinois advanced to the Sweet 16 after posting a sweep of Austin Peay and a four-set win over Cincinnati at home in Huff Hall last weekend.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitters Colleen Ward and Michelle Bartsch lead the Illini offense, averaging more than three kills per set. Ward registers 4.02 kills and 2.48 digs per set, while serving up 30 aces. Bartsch follows with 3.56 kills, 2.12 digs and 0.82 blocks per set and adds 17 aces. Outside hitter Jazmine Orozco chips in 2.20 kills and 1.54 digs per set, while middle blocker Johannah Bangert (1.77) and middle blocker Erin Johnson (1.65) also aid the offense. Bangert has put up a team-leading 1.26 blocks per set and is hitting at a team-best .364 clip.
Defensively, libero Jennifer Bonilla leads the way with 4.87 digs per set to go with her 24 aces. Setter Hillary Haen adds 2.48 digs per set and 21 aces, while dishing out 11.53 assists per stanza.
Talk About Texas
At First Glance: The No. 6 Texas Longhorns (25-5, 18-2 Big 12) are making their 27th NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth-straight Sweet 16 showing after posting their seventh-straight 20 win season and finishing second in Big 12 play. In 2009, UT finished 29-2 including a Big 12 title and a national runner-up finish. Texas is coached by Jerritt Elliott, who is in his 10th year with the team.
Last Time Out: Texas advanced to the Sweet 16 after sweeping UTSA and topping No. 9 UCLA 3-1 at home in Gregory Gym last weekend.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Juliann Faucette leads a group of four Longhorn hitters averaging more than two kills per set. Faucette has put down 3.89 kills per set, while also adding 2.55 digs per set and 25 aces. Outside hitter Amber Roberson (2.91), middle blocker Rachael Adams (2.89) and utility player Sha'Dare McNeal (2.08) round out the group. Roberson adds 1.93 digs per, while Adams is hitting at a team-best .447 clip and putting up a team-leading 1.20 blocks per set. McNeal is hitting .307 and adding 2.06 digs per set. UT is hitting .307 as a team.
Defensively, libero Sarah Palmer leads the way with 3.134 digs per set. Faucett (2.55), McNeal (2.06) and Roberson (1.93) follow. Setter Michelle Kocher contributes 1.92 digs per set, while dishing out 10.57 assists per set.
Garnering National Recognition
The Boilermakers finally broke into the Top 25 poll on Nov. 29, as they were ranked tied for 24th following a 10-week stand among the vote getters outside the Top 25. The ranking marks Purdue's first since Aug. 31, 2009, when the team also garnered a No. 24 listing.
In 2010, Purdue received votes in 10 consecutive AVCA Coaches Polls (Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22). The Sept. 20 occurance marked Purdue's first listing among national vote getters since Oct. 5, 2009.
Among The Nation
The Boilermakers rank among the nation's top 50 in blocks per set (29th with 2.55) and kills per set (50th with 13.67). The team also ranks 59th in hitting percentage (.233) and 63rd in assists per set (12.54). Individually, setter Jaclyn Hart ranks 53rd in assists per set (10.63).
Big Ten Honors
Senior setter Jaclyn Hart was named as a unanimous All-Big Ten selection and redshirt freshman outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak receive All-Big Ten Freshman Team honors, the conference announced on Nov. 30. This is the first such selection for both student-athletes.
Hart has been an all-around threat for the Boilermakers throughout her career. She has dished out 4,869 assists, second most in Purdue history, while also putting up 307 block assists, 10th most in Boilermaker lore. The Palos Hills, Ill. native also has registered 807 digs and 524 kills. Hart belongs to the elite triple threat club, having recorded a 12-kill, 41-assist, 10 dig effort vs. UCF on Sept. 5, 2009. She also has recorded 25 double-doubles in her career, including five this season. Hart has played in 131 matches, starting 121.
In 2010, she has dished out 10.63 assists per set, sixth most in the Big Ten, while also accounting for 1.72 digs, 1.35 kills and 0.78 blocks per set. The senior has posted a team-leading .384 hitting percentage, including a .384 effort in conference play, second best among league players. She has hit .300 or better in 21 matches, including .500 or better 12 times. Hart posted five double-doubles, combining digs with assists each time. She was named as the Pitt Invitational MVP and to the Big East/Big Ten Challenge all-tournament team. The senior is the sixth Boilermaker and 40th Big Ten player to reach the 4,000 assist milestone.
Hart is Purdue's first All-Big Ten selection since Stephanie Lynch was so honored in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Hart also was named as Purdue's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Rebarchak becomes Purdue's seventh All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection, following Ariel Turner's accolade in 2009. The redshirt freshman has seen action in 30 matches, starting 25, while putting down 2.17 kills per set, fourth most on the team. The Mobile, Ala., native posted double-digit kills 10 times, including a season-best 13 three times: vs. No. 4 Penn State, at No. 9 Penn State and vs. Iowa. She registered two double-doubles: with 10 kills and 10 digs against No. 19 Minnesota and 10 kills and 11 digs vs. No. 10 Illinois. Rebarchak hit .300 or better in nine matches, including .500 or better twice. She has managed five or more blocks three times, while averaging 0.75 on the year. Rebarchak also has served up eight aces, dished out five assists and pulled up 86 digs. She was named to the Pitt Invitational all-tournament team.
A Challenging Slate
The Boilermakers have played a loaded schedule in 2010, with 17 of their 31 matches against 2009 NCAA Tournament teams. Purdue was slated to face five teams ranked in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll: No. 1 Penn State, No. 6 Illinois, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 12 Michigan and No. 24 Northern Iowa. Four Boilermaker foes received votes outside the Top 25 in the preseason: Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
In actuality, Purdue played 10 matches against ranked teams. The Boilermakers faced 11 foes ranked in the RPI Top 50, accounting for 18 matches. That strength of schedule put Purdue at No. 15 on the most recent RPI listing (Nov. 28). Eleven Purdue foes made the 2010 NCAA field.
During the Dave Shondell era, Purdue has beaten 22 Top 25 teams, including five Top 10 opponents. The Boilermakers posted two Top 10 wins in 2010: over No. 4 Penn State on Oct. 8 and in the regular- season finale against No. 10 Illinois on Nov. 27. The team recorded wins over No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 9 Minnesota in 2005 and a victory over No. 9 Colorado State in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Purdue owns a 59-185 all-time record in matches against the Top 25.
There is some overlap in the schedules of the four Austin, Texas regional teams. In addition to the Big Ten foes, Purdue and Illinois both faced off with Louisville and Cincinnati in the non-conference season. Both teams defeated Louisville 3-1 (Illinois, Sept 18; Purdue, Sept. 17) and both fell to Cincinnati (Illinois 3-2, Sept. 17; Purdue 3-0, Sept. 18).
Florida and Texas both have faced Big Ten opponents. The Gators took on Penn State, Sept. 10 and suffered their lone loss of the year via 3-1 decision. Purdue split with Penn State, winning 3-2 on Oct. 8 and falling 3-1 on Oct. 30. Texas faced off with Illinois on Sept. 3 and lost that contest 3-0. Purdue split the season contests with Illinois, falling 3-1 on Oct. 15 and defeating the Illini 3-1 in the regular season finale, Nov. 27.
Florida faced off with Purdue's NCAA first round foe Kentucky twice during the SEC season, defeating the Wildcats 3-1 and 3-0.
Packing Them In
Purdue packed in a Holloway Gymnasium record crowd of 2,588 fans for its Nov., 10 Monon Spike match with Indiana. The crowd, garbed in black for the Black Out Night, surpassed the facilities' previous best of 2,580 fans, which came to the Nov. 20, 2009, match with then-No. 1 Penn State. The Nov. 10 crowd was the eighth-best in program history. The Boilermakers have hosted several matches in Mackey Arena, drawing as many as 10,645 fans for the Oct. 29, 1985, Pac Mac match with Western Michigan. Purdue has averaged 1.988 fans per match in 2010, ranking 17th nationally. The Boilermakers have ranked among the Top 20 each of the last eight years.
Serving Up A Win
Junior middle blocker Tiffany Fisher served up five aces against Iowa, Nov. 5, marking Purdue's first individual five-serve effort since Kelli Miller did so on Oct. 17, 2008, vs. No. 19 Wisconsin. Fisher's feat was all the more impressive because four of the perfect serves came consecutively in the first set. She then added the fifth ace to serves later. The service barrage was part of a 9-0 Boilermaker run in the opening set against the Hawkeyes which put Purdue up 16-5.
Breaking Into the Records Book
Senior setter Jaclyn Hart became the sixth Boilermaker and 40th Big Ten player to reach the 4,000-assist plateau when she dished out 50 against Northwestern on Sept. 25. With 57 assists against the No. 24 Wildcats on Nov. 12, Hart vaulted into second place on the Purdue career list with 4,596 assists, surpassing Annette Bauer (1981-84)'s third-place mark of 4,558 and Taryn Catlin (1996-99)'s second-place mark of 4,584. Hart has since boosted her career tally to 4869. She trails only Renata Dargan (2002-05) in the Purdue annals. Dargan managed 5,871 in her career.
Hart moved into the career top 10 for block assists with four against Kentucky, boosting her career tally to 306, one ahead of Connie Paul's mark of 305 (1996-99), which was previously good enough for 10th place. Hart (307) trails Dargan's eighth place block assists mark of 318 by 11.
Middle blocker Kristen Arthurs moved into the career top 10 for block assists Sept. 10. The Newport, Mich., native has put up 401 block assists thus far, surging into second place on the list ahead of Debbie McDonald (1986-89)'s tally of 378 and Kim McConaha (2001-04)'s tally of 382. Arthurs is second to All-American Stephanie Lynch's tally of 550 from 2005-2008.
Arthurs entered the Top 10 for total blocks with eight against No. 4 Penn State on Oct. 8. She now has accumulated 449 stuffs in her career, surpassing McConaha's seventh-place mark of 441 and tying her with Debbie McDonald (1986-89). She is five off of Amber Douglas's tally of 454 (1987-90).
Arthurs also put her name in the single-match record book with 12 block assists against No. 13 Michigan on Oct. 23. The block assists tally ranks as the fifth-best in program history and matches the effort by Stephanie Lynch on Nov. 29, 2008, and Jane Neff on Oct. 20, 1982. Two players have posted 16 block assists in a match and two have added 13.
Libero Carly Cramer has pulled up 493 digs thus far in 2010, ranking her seventh on the Purdue season list. The mark puts her just ahead of Kelli Miller's sixth-place tally of 489 in 2006. She trails Becky Kanitz's fifth place mark of 548 from 1988 by 55.
Ariel Turner has taken 1327 swings in 2010, ranking her fifth on the Purdue season list. She surpassed Danita Merlau's fifth place mark of 1,308, achieved in both 2006 and 2008, and trails Joanna Lowry's tally of 1,375 swings in 2002. Merlau is the Purdue career record hold in attempts, having posted 5,247 in her career from 2005 to 2008.
Sophomore outside hitter Ariel Turner has pounded down 724 kills in her short time as a Boilermaker, surpassing the 500-kill milestone with 24 against Northwestern on Sept. 25. She has posted double-digit efforts on 45 occasions, including 20 or more six times. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native also managed a career-high 24 kills against Indiana on Sept. 22.
Senior setter Jaclyn Hart has put down 524 kills in her Boilermaker career and has pulled up 807 digs. Junior defensive specialist Emily Ehlers and redshirt junior defensive specialist Blair Bashen recently surpassed the 700 dig milestone. Bashen has pulled up 766, while Ehlers has managed 742.
Making The Grade
Senior Kristen Arthurs continues to make the grade off the court, garnering CoSIDA Academic All-District V first team honors for the third straight year. The Newport, Mich., native is the first Boilermaker volleyball player to garner first team honors three times and just the second three-time All-District selection in Purdue volleyball history, alongside Danita Merlau (second team 2006, 2007 and 2008).
Purdue has boasted at least one Academic All-District V selection each of the last eight years, including Academic All-America second team selection Leah Wischmeier in 2004.
A speech/language and hearing sciences major, Arthurs also was named to the Academic All-District V team in 2008 and 2009. Merlau and Stephanie Lynch earned second team honors in 2008.
To be eligible for Academic All-District honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 GPA and be at least a sophomore eligibility-wise. (Prior to 2010, student-athletes were required to have a 3.20 GPA).
In 33 matches, the middle blocker has averaged a team-leading 1.04 blocks and 1.59 kills per set. She has posted a team-leading block tally 13 times, including a career-best 12 against No. 13 Michigan on Oct. 23. The 12-block tally ranks as the fifth-best in program history and matches Lynch's effort from Nov. 29, 2008, and that of Jane Neff on Oct. 20, 1982. The senior is no stranger to making an impact on the records books, having posted an NCAA and Big Ten record 1.000 hitting percentage with 10 kills on 10 attempts vs. Ball State on Aug. 28, 2009. She also has broke into the career Top 10 for block assists and totals blocks, ranking second in block assists (398) and sixth in total blocks (445).
All told, she has posted a hitting percentage of .300 or better in 57 matches, put up double-digit kills in 17 matches and five or more blocks in 35 matches. She also has racked up 894 kills and 116 digs in her career, which has featured Honorable Mention All-Mideast Region honors in 2008 and Preseason All-Big Ten accolades in 2009. The three-time All-Big Ten honoree also garnered the Carol Dewey Mental Attitude Award at the team's postseason banquet last year.
The Boilermakers did something no other team in the program's storied history had done before Oct. 8, 2010, when they knocked off No. 4 Penn State. The victory was Purdue's first ever over a Top 5 foe in program lore, having failed to pull the upset in 38 previous tries. The five-set win also marked Purdue's first over the Nittany Lions since Dec. 4, 1987, snapping a streak of 42 straight PSU wins. That 1987 win happened nearly a year before any of the current Boilermaker players were born.
Joining The Club
Sophomore libero Carly Cramer racked up 30 digs against No. 17 Minnesota on Oct. 1, making her the ninth player in Purdue history to reach the 30-dig milestone in a match. The career night put Cramer in elite company with a group including teammate Blair Bashen, who has achieved the feat twice, pulling up 39 on Sept. 5, 2009 and 33 on Oct. 10, 2009. Cramer's effort marks the 16th time a Boilermaker has surpassed 30 digs in a contest. Kelli Miller (2005-08) occupies five spots on the list, including a school record 40-dig effort.
The 700 Club
With its Sept. 3 sweep of Pittsburgh, the Boilermaker volleyball team recorded the 700th win in program lore. Purdue posted 469 wins under Hall of Fame Coach Carol Dewey (1975-94), 45 under Joey Vrazel (1995-98), 44 under Jeff Hulsmeyer (1999-2002) and 160 thus far in the Dave Shondell era.
An Efficient Effort
The Boilermaker offense finished off the Central Michigan Chippewas in just one hour and 10 minutes on Aug. 28, thanks in large part to a stellar offensive performance. Purdue hit at a .474 clip in the match, making just nine errors in 78 swings. The effort was the program's best since 2004 and the ninth-best performance in Purdue volleyball history.
All eight of the Boilermakers with a hitting attempt in the match registered at least a .400 hitting effort, led by sophomore middle blocker Anna Drewry's .667 effort (7-1-9). Sophomore Ariel Turner paced the team with 17 kills, while hitting .419. Purdue also out-blocked CMU 9-4 in the match and served up five aces, while allowing just one. The Boilermaker effort is even more impressive due to the fact that the team used two setters, senior Jaclyn Hart and redshirt freshman Rachel Davis, in the match.
Sophomore outside hitter Ariel Turner and junior middle blocker Tiffany Fisher were named to the Mortar Board Premier all-tournament team for their efforts Aug. 27-28. Turner managed 3.82 kills per set, including double-digit kill efforts in all three matches and a team-leading 17 against Central Michigan. In addition to a team-best 42 kills, Turner also added 18 digs and nine blocks. For her part, Fisher managed 34 kills (3.09 per set), while hitting .354 and racking up nine blocks. Fisher posted a team-leading 17 kills against No. 24 Northern Iowa in the tournament finale.
Senior setter Jaclyn Hart was named MVP of the Pitt Invitational, while defensive specialist Carly Cramer and outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak garnered all-tournament team honors for their efforts Sept. 3-4 as Purdue won the tournament title. Hart dished out 12.12 assists per set on the weekend, while also adding 2.12 digs and 1.12 blocks per stanza. Cramer paced the defense with 4.80 digs per set, while serving up five aces. Rebarchak racked up 2.75 kills per set on a .425 hitting effort, while also adding 0.88 blocks per set.
Turner was named MVP of the Active Ankle Challenge, while Fisher and defensive specialist Emily Ehlers were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts. Turner put up 4.67 kills per set, whil ehitting .260 on the weekend. In addition to her 17-kill, 11-dig double-double against Duquesne, she posted double-digit kills in the team's other two matches, while also managing 2.56 digs and 0.89 blocks per set and three aces. Fisher downed 2.22 kills per set, while hitting at a .375 clip and adding 1.11 digs and 1.33 blocks per set along with two aces. Ehlers pulled up 3.22 digs per set and served up two aces.
Turner and Hart picked up all-tournament honors at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 17-18. Turner managed 5.14 kills per set, while also contributing defensively with 2.29 digs and 1.29 blocks per stanza. For her part, Hart dished out 10.43 assists per set, while also adding 1.43 kills, 1.71 digs and 1.00 blocks tot he team's tallies.
Middle blocker Kristen Arthurs joined elite company as she tied the Purdue, Big Ten and NCAA records with a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage vs. Ball State on Aug. 28, 2009. The junior tallied 10 kills on 10 swings in the match, making her one of just four conference players and one of just 23 players in NCAA Division I history to achieve the distinction of a 1.000 hitting mark. Purdue now boasts two of the 23 players, as Debbie McDonald went 13-for-13 at North Carolina State on Sept. 25, 1987. Stanford is the only other school with two players on the record list.
Looking To The Future
Purdue University has been selected as one four NCAA Volleyball Regional host sites for the 2012 season, the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball committee announced June 25.
The Boilermaker program, which has made three Sweet 16 appearances in the last five years, will play host to its first NCAA Regional event since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1998. The Boilermakers have played host to NCAA first and second Round events seven times in program history, including this season, and also played host to the NCAA Regional Semi finals and Finals in 1982 and 1983, when the championship field featured 28 teams.
Purdue was selected along with the University of California, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Texas at Austin as the four Regional sites.
The Boilermakers will host the event in Mackey Arena, which is undergoing a $99.5 million renovation set to be completed in November 2011. In order to host a regional event, the arena must have a minimum seating capacity of 4,000. (Holloway Gymnasium in the IAF boasts a capacity of 2,288.)
The winners from the four regional sites will advance to the NCAA Semifinals and Finals at the UofL Athletics Downtown Arena in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 13 to 15, 2012.
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