Dec. 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker volleyball team, which advanced to the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, ended the 2012 season ranked 15th in the final national poll.
Purdue moved up seven spots from 22 to 15 in the final AVCA poll after the Sweet 16 berth, which saw the Boilermakers knock off then 12th-ranked Florida State and Colorado State in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 11 Minnesota.
The Boilermakers were ranked among the nation's top 25 throughout the 2012 season, peaking at No. 7 in the August 27 poll. The No. 15 final ranking marks the fourth time in the last five seasons that Purdue has wrapped the year among the top 15 of the national poll (also No. 15 in 2008, No. 11 in 2010 and No. 10 in 2011).
Purdue is one of 11 schools nationally to make eight NCAA second round appearances in the last nine seasons. In addition, the Boilermakers have made six Sweet 16 berths in the last eight seasons, making the program one of just six in the nation that can boast the accomplishment.
The Boilermakers posted a 23-11 mark in 2012, including a fifth-place Big Ten finish and five wins over ranked opponents. The team will celebrate its accomplishments and the careers of its seniors at a banquet on Jan. 11. Tickets are available for $30 by contacting DeEtta Hawks at firstname.lastname@example.org.