1975 - Volleyball becomes an intercollegiate sport at Purdue ... Carol Dewey is named head coach ... the Boilermakers record their first-ever win Sept. 27 vs. Carthage at the Illinois State Invitational and finish with a 15-16 record ... Purdue goes 3-3 at the Big Ten Tournament to place fourth ... the Boilermakers are second at the IAIAW State Tournament and earn a bid to the MAIAW Midwest Regional, where they tie for ninth.
1976 - The wheels start rolling as a streak of 10 straight 20-win seasons begins with a 21-16 record ... Purdue goes 7-5 at the Big Ten Tournament for fourth place ... the Boilermakers win the Ball State Invitational after winning eight of 10 games over four matches ... they finish third at the IAIAW State Tournament.
1977 - The Boilermakers post a 25-11 record ... Barbara Barnes, Mary Fischl and Becky Held are the program's first recruited athletes ... Purdue is fourth at the Big Ten Tournament for the third straight season with a 5-3 record ... the Boilermakers are third at the IAIAW State Tournament after splitting their four matches ... Denise Davault sets a school season record with a .355 hitting percentage.
1978 - Purdue bursts onto the national scene, winning 20 of its first 21 matches en route to a school-record 38 wins and 38-9 mark ... the Boilermakers win the Michigan State and Indiana invitationals ... they are fifth at the Big Ten Tournament with a 2-2 record, then go on to claim championships at the IAIAW State Tournament with a 4-0 mark and the MAIAW Midwest Regional with a 5-0 mark ... Joanie Kampen is named to the regional all-tournament team ... the regional crown sends the Boilermakers to the AIAW Nationals, where after losing their first three matches they rebound with two wins to tie for 13th place among 24 teams ... Denise Davault finishes her career with a school-record .331 hitting percentage.
1979 - Volleyball becomes Purdue's first women's revenue sport ... Carol Dewey is elevated to full-time coaching status ... Miriam Quinnett and JoAnn Wissen receive the program's first two full scholarships ... Purdue goes 33-16 and wins its first Big Ten championship by going 6-0 at the conference tournament ... the team wins its second straight IAIAW State Tournament, is second at the MAIAW Midwest Regional and places 12th among 20 teams at the AIAW Nationals ... Colleen DeMeyer, Mary Fischl and Becky Held are named to the regional all-tournament team ... DeMeyer sets a school season record with 1,512 hitting attempts.
1980 - The Boilermakers celebrate the new decade with another banner year ... they tie the school record for wins in a season en route to a 38-15 mark and win their second straight Big Ten championship with another flawless 6-0 record at the conference tournament ... Mary Fischl and Becky Held are Purdue's first All-Big Ten selections ... the Boilermakers continue to dominate the state of Indiana by winning their third IAIAW State Tournament in a row ... they improve their three-year record vs. intrastate schools to 23-0 ... Fischl and Held are named to the MAIAW Midwest Regional All-Tournament team.
1981 - It's a landmark year for women's athletics as for the first time the Big Ten officially recognizes women's athletics and begins sanctioning league championships ... it also marks the first year the NCAA takes women's sports under its wings ... Purdue posts a 34-8 record and finishes third at the final Big Ten Tournament with a 5-1 mark ... Kate Crandell and Jane Neff are named all-conference ... the Boilermakers defeat Tennessee in their first-ever NCAA Tournament match before falling to UCLA in five games in the South Regional to finish in a ninth-place tie nationally ... Neff and JoAnn Wissen are named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team ... Neff sets a school season record with 75 solo blocks and is runner-up for Big Ten Athlete of the Year ... the Boilermakers set a school record with 230 solo blocks ... Donna Hardesty and Anne McMenamy create the Monon Spike as a traveling trophy to be given to the winner of one Purdue-Indiana match each year.
1982 - Purdue has its finest season ... the Multi-Purpose Athletic Facility (now Intercollegiate Athletic Facility) is completed and serves as the team's new home ... the Boilermakers win their first 33 matches before ending the year 33-1 ... they go 13-0 to finish first in the Big Ten East Division, then host the inaugural Big Ten Championship and top Minnesota and Northwestern to win their third conference crown in four years ... Kate Crandell, Jane Neff and JoAnn Wissen are named All-Big Ten ... Purdue defeats Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, then hosts the Mideast Regional and rallies in dramatic fashion to top Nebraska in the semifinals after being down 2-0 ... the Boilermakers lose to USC in the regional finals to finish in a fifth-place tie nationally for their best-ever showing ... Crandell and Joan King are named to the regional all-tournament team ... Neff caps her career by being named honorable mention All-American and first team Academic All-American ... Annette Bauer is chosen for the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival team ... Carol Dewey is a finalist for national Coach of the Year honors ... Jan Hoosline sets a school match record with 13 block assists at Illinois State on Oct. 20 ... the Boilermakers set school match records with 22 service aces at Minnesota on Oct. 2 and 27.5 total blocks at Illinois State on Oct. 20 ... they hit a school season record of .285 for the year.
1983 - Purdue goes 26-6 and again coasts through the Big Ten regular season with a 13-0 mark in the East Division for first place ... the Boilermakers beat Iowa in the conference tournament before losing to Northwestern in the finals ... they defeat Illinois State in the NCAA Tournament first round, then host the Mideast Regional and fall to Western Michigan in the semifinals before a Multi-Purpose Athletic Facility (now IAF) record crowd of 1,862 to tie for ninth place nationally ... Purdue sets a school match record with a .560 hitting percentage vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 8 while playing its shortest match in history at 41 minutes ... Purdue sets a school match record with 18 Solo Blocks vs. Northwestern on Oct. 15 ... Annette Bauer is named first team All-Big Ten, and Kate Crandell, Jan Hoosline and Joan King are second team ... Crandell and Kim Corwin are named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team ... Hoosline is named third team Academic All-American ... Crandell is chosen for the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival team, and Becky Winsett is selected to the Athletes in Action team ... Marianne Smith leads the Big Ten in hitting percentage with a .363 mark in conference matches and Hoosline ties for the lead with 32 service aces ... Crandell sets a school match record with eight solo blocks vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 7 ... Hoosline finishes her career with a school-record 228 service aces ... Purdue is ranked No. 7 nationally, the highest ranking ever in its history, the week of Nov. 15.
1984 - The Boilermakers are 25-12 ... Big Ten dominance continues as they go 10-3, finish first in the East Division and improve their regular-season record to 36-3 over the last three seasons ... Purdue hosts the conference tournament and, for the second straight year, downs Iowa before losing to Northwestern in the finals ... Purdue closes the regular season with a Thanksgiving trip to California and defeats San Jose State and California on consecutive nights after being down 2-0 ... the Boilermakers lose at San Jose State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Kate Crandell and Marianne Smith are first team All-Big Ten, and Annette Bauer and Kim Corwin earn second team honors ... Crandell earns all-conference laurels for the fourth straight year ... Smith is the Big Ten Player of the Year and second team All-American ... she sets a school season record with 93 service aces with her famed jump serve ... Bauer is first team Academic All-American ... Corwin is chosen for the USA Junior National team ... the Boilermakers tally a school season record of 451 total blocks ... Bauer ends her career with a school record of 4,568 assists while playing every point of every match, and Crandell finishes her career with a school record of 223 solo blocks.
1985 - The Boilermakers return to the 30-win plateau and claim their fourth overall Big Ten championship and third in the first six seasons of the 1980s ... they finish 34-4 overall and are 17-1 in the first year of conference double round-robin play ... Purdue opens the season with 13 straight wins ... the Boilermakers set an NCAA attendance record with a crowd of 10,645 against Western Michigan for Pac Mac on Oct. 29 in Mackey Arena and set a Big Ten record with a crowd of 3,279 against Illinois on Nov. 5 in Mackey ... Purdue downs Illinois State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, then loses to Nebraska in the Mideast Regional semifinals to tie for ninth place nationally ... Marianne Smith sets school match records with nine service aces vs. Butler on Sept. 13 and 32 kills at Texas A&M on Oct. 12 ... the Boilermakers record 89 assists against Texas A&M ... Linda Reichl has 75 total attempts at Ohio State on Nov. 23 ... Smith is the Big Ten Player of the Year for the second straight season and Purdue's first-ever first team All-American ... she is runner-up for Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors and is selected for the World University Student Games team ... Smith sets a school season record with 212 total blocks and leads the Big Ten in kills with an average of 4.30 in conference matches ... Reichl and Kim Corwin are second team All-Big Ten, and Cheryl Flowers is honorable mention ... Flowers is a second team Academic All-America choice ... Reichl is named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team ... she is chosen for the U.S. Junior National and U.S. Olympic Sports Festival teams ... Carol Dewey shares Big Ten Coach of the Year honors ... Smith finishes her career with a school record 567 total blocks.
1986 - A mid-year injury to preseason All-American Linda Reichl plays a key role in the Boilermakers finishing 19-16 and snapping their string of 10 straight 20-win seasons ... they have their first-ever losing record in the Big Ten at 8-10 for sixth place ... Darcy Orin hands out 76 assists vs. Duke on Oct. 15 ... Debbie McDonald is named second team All-Big Ten and the conference Freshman of the Year ... Reichl, Debbie Leeman and Barbara Meeker are honorable mention All-Big Ten ... Leeman and McDonald are All-North Central Region ... Leeman sets a school season record with 148 block assists and leads the Big Ten in total blocks with an average of 1.49 in conference matches ... Purdue sets a school match record with 106 kills vs. Duke on Oct. 15 ... the Boilermakers attract a gathering of 2,789 against Western Michigan on Nov. 11.
1987 - The Boilermakers bounce back with a 24-14 record and finish second in the Big Ten with a 14-4 mark ... they return to the NCAA Tournament and finish in a ninth-place tie after defeating Penn State in the first round and falling to Nebraska in the second round ... Purdue plays host to the NCAA Championships at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis ... Debbie McDonald is second team All-American ... McDonald and Linda Reichl are All-North Central Region and first team All-Big Ten ... Becky Kanitz, Barbara Meeker and Darcy Orin are honorable mention all-conference ... Barbara Meeker is second team Academic All-American ... McDonald is chosen to the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival team, and Reichl is selected for the Yugo East-West College All-Star Classic coached by Carol Dewey ... Kanitz leads the Big Ten in service aces with 49 in conference matches and in digs with a conference-record average of 4.49 ... it's a record-breaking year ... two school individual match records are set - McDonald with a 1.000 hitting percentage (13 kills in as many attempts) at North Carolina State on Sept. 25 and Kanitz with 37 digs both at Northwestern on Nov. 7 and at Western Michigan on Nov. 10 ... one school team match record is set - 144 digs at Western Michigan ... two school individual season records are set - Kanitz with 606 digs and Darcy Orin with 1,610 assists ... four school team season records are set - 5,656 total attempts, 386 service aces, 602 block assists and 2,214 digs ... the Boilermakers play a 2:45 marathon match vs. Illinois on Nov. 25 (won by Purdue in five games).
1988 - Purdue goes 19-15 and ties for fifth in the Big Ten at 9-9 ... Debbie McDonald is named second team All-American, All-North Central Region and first team All-Big Ten ... she is selected to the USA National "B" team ... Becky Kanitz is honorable mention all-conference ... Barbara Meeker is named third team Academic All-American ... Kanitz leads the Big Ten in digs for the second straight year with an average of 4.34 in conference matches ... she finishes her career with a school-record 1,564 digs ... the Boilermakers' attendance average of 782 ranks ninth in the country.
1989 - Despite the exploits of Debbie McDonald, the Boilermakers suffer their first sub-.500 season since their charter year of 1975 ... they are 13-20 and seventh in the Big Ten at 7-11 ... McDonald is selected second team All-American, All-Mideast Region and first team All-Big Ten ... she sets a school season record with 597 kills and finishes her career with school records of 2,108 kills, 4,783 total attempts and 378 block assists ... the 2,108 kills ranks fourth on the NCAA Division I all-time list at the time ... Purdue's home match against Illinois on Nov. 11 is televised nationally by ESPN ... the Boilermakers' home attendance average of 903 ranks 16th in the country.
1990 - Purdue rebounds in fine fashion with a 21-11 overall record and remains in the Big Ten championship race late into the season before finishing third at 12-6 ... the Boilermakers return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987 and fall at undefeated Penn State in the first round ... Purdue wins the inaugural Mortar Board Purdue Premier ... Amber Douglas is named second team All-Mideast Region and second team All-Big Ten ... Kelly Niedbalski is second team all-conference and Monica Ball and Jill Whiteman are honorable mention ... Niedbalski leads the Big Ten in assists with an average of 12.87 in conference matches ... Purdue sets a school match record with 275 total attempts vs. Wisconsin and has 89 assists vs. Indiana on Oct. 20 ... the Boilermakers' attendance average of 994 ranks 12th in the nation.
1991 - The Big Ten celebrates the 10th anniversary of women's athletics and selects an All-Decade team for each women's sport ... a total of seven Boilermakers are selected to the volleyball team, more than any other school ... Debbie McDonald, Jane Neff and Marianne Smith are named to the first team, and Annette Bauer, Kate Crandell, Jan Hoosline and Joan King are named honorable mention ... following the worst start in their history at 0-4 the Boilermakers bounce back to finish 13-16 ... they tie for sixth place in the Big Ten at 10-10 ... Purdue defeats No. 18 Illinois in five games at home Oct. 30 ... Darcy Jones is named honorable mention All-Big Ten ... Donna Gill leads the Big Ten in total blocks with an average of 1.56 in conference matches ... she has a record performance vs. Michigan on Nov. 22, setting the school match record with 16 total blocks and tying the school standard with 13 block assists ... the Boilermakers have 36 block assists vs. Penn State on Oct. 5 and vs. Michigan on Nov. 22 ... Purdue draws 1,721 fans against Indiana on Oct. 18, now the third-largest crowd ever in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility ... the Boilermakers' home attendance average of 1,303 ranks 11th in the country.
1992 - The Boilermakers regain their winning touch with a 17-13 overall record and 10-10 Big Ten mark for sixth place ... they win the Miami-Days Inn Classic on Sept. 11-12 ... Darcy Jones is named second team All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region, while Donna Gill is honorable mention all-conference ... Lisa Bonner is Academic All-Big Ten ... Jones ties the school match record with 32 kills in a thrilling five-game victory (14-16, 16-14, 14-16, 15-10, 19-17) over Northern Illinois on Sept. 11 ... she notches her 1,000th career kill at Penn State on Oct. 30 ... Gill and Amy Warner set Purdue and Big Ten match records with 16 block assists vs. Indiana on Oct. 21 and they also tie the school record with 16 total blocks ... Purdue has a school-record 42 block assists in that match ... Gill records the 10th triple-double in school history at Northwestern on Nov. 14 ... Purdue averages 1,194 fans per home match to rank 13th nationally.
1993 - Purdue is 15-14 overall and 8-12 in the Big Ten for sixth place ... the Boilermakers win the UTA/Asics Tiger Tournament on Sept. 3-4 ... Carey Burvis is the season's first Big Ten Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 5 ... a crowd of 1,740, the second-largest ever in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility, streams in for a four-game victory over intrastate rival Indiana on Oct. 27 that features Purdue freshman Kelli Kerkhoff and her older sister, Jill, a senior for the Hoosiers ... the Boilermakers win consecutive five-game thrillers over No. 24 Illinois on Oct. 29 and No. 15 Ohio State on Nov. 5, both at home ... Purdue serves up 236 aces, its most since the 1988 season ... Burvis gets her 1,000th career kill vs. Iowa at home Nov. 19 and goes on to be named first team All-Big Ten and second team All-Mideast Region ... Paula Harmon and Stacey Mondino are Academic All-Big Ten ... Purdue ranks 13th in the country in home attendance with a school-record average of 1,444.
1994 - The Boilermakers are 6-23 overall and 4-16 in the Big Ten for a ninth-place tie with Michigan ... two of their wins come against nationally ranked teams, in four games over No. 20 Kentucky in the season opener Sept. 2 and in five games over No. 19 Wisconsin on Oct. 8 ... Purdue shows a flair for the dramatic at Northwestern on Nov. 5 after losing the first two games 6-15 and 6-15 and trailing in the third game 10-14 by rallying to win 17-15, 15-8, 15-13 ... White erupts for 29 kills, three shy of the school record, in a three-game victory over Northwestern at home Oct. 7 ... White is named Big Ten Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 9 ... Lauri Grimes, Sarina Harris, Kelli Kerkhoff and Brooke White are named Academic All-Big Ten ... Kerkhoff and White are selected Academic All-District V ... the Boilermakers average 1,227 fans per home match to rank 17th in the nation ... Jane Neff, who played from 1979 to 1982, is a member of the inaugural Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame class inducted Nov. 17 ... head coach Carol Dewey announces her retirement after 20 years on Dec. 9 ... Dewey finishes her career as Purdue's all-time-winningest women's coach with a 469-256 record, an outstanding .647 winning percentage.
1995 - A new era begins when Joey Vrazel is named head coach Feb. 10 ... the Boilermakers finish 8-20 overall and 6-14 in the Big Ten for ninth place ... Purdue rallies from a 0-2 deficit to defeat No. 20 Illinois 9-15, 6-15, 15-3, 15-13, 15-12 at home Sept. 29 ... the Oct. 18 home match against Northwestern is televised live by SportsChannel-Chicago and played under an experimental timed scoring format ... the Boilermakers win 5-0 ... Brooke White is Big Ten Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 5 ... White records the 1,000th kill of her career at Penn State on Nov. 11 ... White finishes second in the Big Ten in hitting percentage (.359 in conference matches) and is honorable mention All-Big Ten ... a school-record seven players earn academic all-conference honors: Lauri Grimes, Sarina Harris, Sue Jurkonis, Kelli Kerkhoff, Linda Menconi, Stacey Mondino and White ... Purdue ranks 16th in the country in attendance with an average of 1,351 fans per home match ... the Boilermakers draw crowds of more than 1,000 for every home match for the first time in school history.
1996 - Offense is the watchword as Purdue improves to 13-19 overall and 6-14 in the Big Ten for eighth place ... the Boilermakers set school season records for kills (2,066) and assists (1,890) ... they rank 12th in the nation in kills (17.36 per game) and eighth in assists (15.88) ... Purdue establishes a school match record with 100 assists vs. Michigan on Nov. 22 ... the Boilermakers are regionally ranked the weeks of Sept. 30 and Oct. 14 ... Brooke White is named Big Ten Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 1 and goes on to earn first team all-conference honors ... White twice ties the school match record of 32 kills - vs. Weber State on Aug. 31 and vs. Illinois on Oct. 11 ... she averages a school-record 4.85 kills per game and becomes one of only three players in school history to rank in the top 10 in career kills (second), total blocks (sixth), service aces (tied for eighth) and digs (ninth) ... Lauri Grimes receives Academic All-District V laurels ... Grimes and Linda Menconi set school match records with 80 total attempts and 87 assists, respectively, vs. Houston on Sept. 14 ... a school-record-tying seven players are Academic All-Big Ten: Grimes, Sarina Harris, Sue Jurkonis, Kelli Kerkhoff, Menconi, Connie Paul and White ... Purdue averages 1,365 fans per home match to rank 17th nationally.
1997 - Purdue goes 10-21 overall and 3-17 in the Big Ten for 10th place ... Purdue blanks Boston College 15-0 in Game 1 at Florida State Classic on Aug. 30 for the first whitewashing of an opponent since Butler on Sept. 17, 1993 ... the Boilermakers capture the Mortar Board Purdue Premier title with wins over Central Michigan, Indiana State and Syracuse en route to a 6-1 start (their best in five years) ... Katie Gibbons tallies 26 kills vs. Indiana State for the most by a freshman since Debbie McDonald had 27 against Michigan on Nov. 28, 1986 ... Kelly Colangelo is named Most Valuable Player of Mortar Board tournament ... down two games to none, the Boilermakers rally to upend Duke in five games Sept. 20 ... two of the three largest crowds in the history of the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility (capacity 1,650) are on hand Sept. 26 vs. intrastate rival Indiana (1,976) and Sept. 27 vs. Penn State (1,775) ... with only seven players available to play, Purdue takes No. 24 Michigan State to the limit before falling in five games in East Lansing on Nov. 8 ... the Boilermakers win the 500th match in the 23-year history of the program and retain possession of the Monon Spike for the second straight year with a sweep of Indiana in Bloomington on Nov. 15 ... Taryn Catlin, Colangelo, Sarina Harris, Linda Menconi and Connie Paul earn Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Harris finishes her four-year career with a 4.0 grade-point average ... Purdue averages 1,314 fans per home match to rank sixth in the Big Ten and 16th in the nation.
1998 - Purdue posts a 14-15 record (8-12 Big Ten, 7th place), marking the most overall wins the program has seen since 1993 ... the eight conference wins and the seventh-place finish are also the best for Purdue since 1993 ... Purdue opens the season with five consecutive victories ... three of those wins come in the Mortar Board Purdue Premier, which the Boilermakers win for the second year in a row ... Sarah Emke is named Mortar Board Most Valuable Player ... the largest crowd at the IAF in school history (1,979) watches the Boilermakers play Penn State ... Purdue wins the coveted Monon Spike trophy with a five-game victory against Indiana ... the Boilermakers pick up season sweeps of Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota ... Aneska Arosarena tallies a school-record 34 kills against Minnesota in the IAF on Oct. 23 ... her effort is bettered by Bev Krupa, an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection, who records 38 kills in a loss at Indiana on Nov. 7 ... Purdue closes the season on a high note with a win at Minnesota on Nov. 28 ... Taryn Catlin, Connie Paul and Jennie Williams earn Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Purdue averages 1,300 fans per home match, ranking fifth in the Big Ten and 15th in the nation.
1999 - Jeff Hulsmeyer becomes the third head coach in Purdue volleyball history on May 25, 1999 ... the Boilermakers post a 15-14 overall record (7-13 Big Ten, tied for 8th place), marking the most victories since the 1993 campaign ... Purdue wins six straight matches in the non-conference season, the most consecutive wins since 1990 ... the Boilermakers pick up tournament titles at the Northern Arizona Fiesta Bowl Tournament and the Boilermaker Invitational ... Aneska Arosarena is named MVP at Northern Arizona, while Taryn Catlin takes the honor in West Lafayette ... the Boilermakers knock No. 18 Michigan and No. 23 Illinois from national rankings ... the largest crowd at the IAF in Purdue history (2,076) watches the Old Gold and Black take on Penn State ... Catlin completes her career as all-time assists leader with 4,584 ... Arosarena, Christy Case, Catlin, Christi Kelsey, Lori Knicker and Connie Paul earn Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Purdue averages 1,281 fans per home match, ranking 17th in the nation.
2000 - The Boilermakers' 25th anniversary season gets off to a fine start with the first-annual alumni match featuring former All-American Marianne Smith ... Purdue gets off to an 8-1 start, but finishes with a 13-19 record (5-15 Big Ten, ninth place) ... the Old Gold and Black drops six in a row and finds it hard to rebound and goes on to turn in its worst record since the 1996 campaign ... the Boilermakers knock off No. 25 Michigan 3-1 on Sept. 30 ... Purdue picks up its first victory at Illinois' Huff Hall in the program's history on Oct. 25 ... the Old Gold and Black reclaims the Monon Spike in a heated 3-2 victory over intrastate rival Indiana on Nov. 24 ... seniors Julie Doud, Laura Norton, and Melissa Risher complete their careers as Boilermakers ... Christy Case, Lori Knicker, Lisa Parker, Melissa Risher and Tiffany Yoskey earn Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Risher also earns second team Verizon Academic All-District V accolades ... freshman Joanna Lowry is named to the inaugural Big Ten All-Freshman team ... Purdue averages 1,163 fans per home match (17,444 total) to rank fifth in the Big Ten and 20th in the country.
2001 - The Boilermakers get off to a rough start, dropping six in a row on the road in tournaments at Washington and Miami ... Purdue's Sept. 11 match at Valparaiso is cancelled as the nation mourns the national tragedy that claimed lives in Washington, D.C., New York and Pennsylvania ... the mourning continues throughout the weekend, and the Mortar Board Purdue Premier is cancelled ... the squad returns to action on Sept. 21 with its lone conference victory over Iowa ... Purdue picks up a 30-28, 30-25, 30-22 victory over IUPUI on Oct. 9, ending a five-match losing streak ... the Old Gold and Black fights to hold off Valparaiso on the road with a 30-27, 23-30, 30-27, 30-26 victory on Oct. 23 ... the Boilermakers' final win of the season comes against Indiana State on Nov. 6, and they finish the year 4-25 overall ... seniors Christy Case, Lori Knicker and Maegan Petersen complete their careers as Boilermakers ... Jen Bova, Case, Knicker, Joanna Lowry and Tiffany Yoskey earn Academic All-Big Ten honors ... team earns President's Cup Award, which is given to the varsity team with the highest cumulative GPA ... Purdue averages 1,205 fans per home match (14,462 total) to rank fifth in the Big Ten and 22nd in the country.
2002 - The Boilermakers begin the year with a 10-3 record, marking the best start since the 1999 season, but finish 12-21 (2-18 Big Ten)... the squad kicked off the season by winning the Lady Raider Invitational title in Murfreesboro, Tenn., defeating Chicago State, Evansville, Western Carolina and host Middle Tennessee State ... Joanna Lowry is named tournament MVP and Kim McConaha receives all-tournament team honors ... the team returns home to record a 3-1 mark at the 12th Annual Mortar Board Purdue Premier, good for third place ... Lowry records a 20-kill, 21-dig performance vs. Western Kentucky, the first 20-20 performance since 2000 ... McConaha and Lowry are named to the all-tournament team ... the Boilermakers go 1-2 at the Hampton Inn/Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence, Kansas, but head coach Jeff Hulsmeyer claims his 200th career victory, as the team downs Marquette 3-2 on Sept. 13 ... McConaha receives all-tournament accolades ... the team wraps up the non-conference season with a five-game victory over Notre Dame, which was ranked in the top 30 at the time... in Big Ten play, the Boilermakers beat eventual NCAA competitor Michigan 3-2 in the IAF, while also topping the Iowa Hawkeyes ... Lowry becomes the 16th player in school history to post 1,000 career kills on Oct. 25 against Michigan State ... Tiffany Yoskey ends her Purdue career, garnering Academic All-Big Ten honors along with Lowry and Jen Bova ... Renata Dargan is named to the conference's all-freshman team... head coach Jeff Hulsmeyer's tenure with the program ends in December ... Lowry dies tragically in March, during the team's offseason.
2003 - Dave Shondell becomes the fourth head coach in program history ... under his leadership, the 2003 team manages a 14-17 overall record and an eighth-place Big Ten finish, the best since the 1999 season, despite an injury-laden season ... starts the year with a 2-1 mark at the Billiken Invitational in St. Louis ... finishes second at the Rice Crown Plaza Invitational in Houston ... Kim McConaha highlights the tournament with a triple double against the host Owls ... kicks off home season by winning its own Mortar Board Premier title, topping Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State and Indiana State ... McConaha and Leah Wischmeier are named to all three all-tournament teams, while Renata Dargan picks up honors at the Rice tourney and freshman Melanie Ukovich is dubbed MVP of the Mortar Board ... posts 4-1 record to begin conference play, including a win over No. 18 Minnesota in the opening weekend ... Wischmeier is named Big Ten Player of the Week after weekend sweep of the Gophers and Iowa ... Purdue then beats Ohio State in Columbus, marking the team's first away win over the Buckeyes since 1988 ... sweeps No. 16 Michigan State in West Lafayette ... Ukovich tears her ACL against Illinois, sparking a 10-match losing skid ... things brighten up with a five-game win over Northwestern ... Purdue's first win in Bloomington since 1997 garners the team the Monon Spike and the first season sweep of Indiana since 1991 ... McConaha and Dargan are named honorable mention All-Big Ten ... Ukovich picks up All-Freshman team honors despite playing just half the year ... Wischmeier and Daren Poe earn Academic All-District V honors ... five Boilermakers are named to Academic All-Big Ten teams ... team breaks the all-time attendance average record, bringing in 1,534 fans per match, ranking 20th nationally.
2004 - The Boilermakers reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1990 ... the squad posts a 17-15 overall record, while finishing tied for sixth in the Big Ten standings with a 9-11 record, both win totals are the best for the team since 1992 ... starts the season with a four-match win streak, including a victory over No. 12 Georgia Tech ... takes the Badger Challenge title after defeating the Yellow Jackets and Missouri ... Kim McConaha named MVP of the Challenge, while Anne Mastandrea and Renata Dargan garner all-tournament nods ... finishes third at the Lady Vols Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., as Leah Wischmeier earns all-tournament team honors ... McConaha and Wischmeier named to Mortar Board Premier all-tournament team after the team's runner-up finish ... begins Big Ten play with wins over Indiana and No. 13 Illinois, setting up season sweeps of both ... also sweeps Michigan State and Iowa in conference action, while topping Wisconsin for the first time since 1992 ... takes on No. 9 Colorado State in Colorado Springs, Colo., in the program's first NCAA Tournament match since 1990, defeating the Rams in five games ... the win marks the Boilermakers' fourth over a ranked opponent in 2004, a task last completed by the 1985 squad ... ends season with a 3-0 loss to No. 2 Hawai'i in the NCAA second round ... McConaha, Wischmeier and Kim Cappa surpass the 1,000 kill milestone, while Daren Poe records her 1,000th-career dig ... Dargan posts her 3,000th and 4,000th career assists ... Poe and Mastandrea become the first players to amass more than 30 digs in a match since 1990 ... Poe sets a career record for digs per game, while McConaha establishes a new career block assists mark ... McConaha receives first team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-Mideast Region honors, while Dargan is named honorable mention All-Big Ten ... Wischmeier garners second team Academic All-America accolades, while she and Poe earn Academic All-District V honors.
2005 - The Boilermakers advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, marking their first time in the third round since 1982 ... the team posts a 25-9 record, its best since 1985, while earning a fifth-place finish in the Big Ten with a 12-8 mark... the fifth-place league finish is the program's best since 1990 ... ranks among the nation's Top 25 for 13 straight weeks, peaking at No. 14 ... kicks off the season with an 11-0 non-conference record including, a win over then-No. 16 Tennessee to take the Mortar Board Premier title ... wins tournament titles at the Nike Invitational and GlaxoSmithKline Classic before taking the Mortar Board crown ... Renata Dargan takes MVP honors at the Nike and GSK Classic, while Leah Wischmeier garners the accolade at the Mortar Board ... Wischmeier tears ACL in final game against the Lady Vols in the tournament title match ... team begins Big Ten play with losses to No. 16 Ohio State, No. 4 Penn State and No. 8 Wisconsin, but takes Penn State to five games, marking first time Boilermakers have taken two games from PSU since 1984 ... hosts Pack Mackey promotion Oct. 2, bringing in a crowd of 8,512 for a three-game win over Northwestern ... begins nine-match conference win streak, including an upset of then-No. 9 Minnesota ... after snapping the streak, squad rebounds with the program's first win over Wisconsin in Madison since 1992 ... sweeps Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, and Illinois ... earns No. 14 seed in NCAA Tournament ... topples Virginia Commonwealth and College of Charleston in first and second round matches in Chapel Hill, N.C. ... season ends with 3-0 loss to eventual national champion, No. 3 Washington, in the Sweet 16 ... Dargan earns honorable mention AVCA All-America, first-team All-Mideast Region and first-team All-Big Ten honors ... also sets Purdue record for career assists on Sept. 7 and becomes first Boilermaker to reach the 5,000-assist milestone on Sept. 30 ... Stephanie Lynch garners honorable mention All-Region, honorable mention All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Freshman Team accolades ... Danita Merlau earns All-Big Ten Freshman Team honors ... Dargan receives Academic All-District V honors, while she and six other Boilermakers earn Academic All-Big Ten accolades ... team averages 2,183 fans per match to rank 10th in the national attendance rankings.
2006 - The Boilermakers earn their second straight Sweet 16 berth and third straight NCAA Tournament appearance ... the team posts a 23-11 record, marking the first back-to-back 20 win efforts since 1984 and 1985 ... records 11-9 Big Ten mark, good for fifth place in the league ... ranks among the nation's Top 25 throughout the season, including two weeks at the No. 9 spot, the program's highest ranking since 1983 ... the newly renovated IAF, which includes a volleyball specific court dedicated as Belin Court, sees first action at season-opening Mortar Board Premier ... team earns tournament titles at the Mortar Board and Mizuno Challenge to start the season ... Brittany Dildine takes MVP honors at the Mortar Board, while Stephanie Lynch and Danita Merlau earn all-tournament team nods ... Kelli Miller garners MVP honors at the Mizuno Challenge, while Merlau receives all-tournament team accolades ... team moves to 9-0 on the year with victories against Dayton and Western Michigan ... suffers first loss in four-game decision against No. 9 USC ... rebounds with four-straight wins, including three against ranked opponents in No. 20 Pepperdine, No. 19 Michigan and No. 13 Ohio State, to move to 13-1, marking Purdue's best start since 1995 ... the Ohio State match airs on ESPN2, marking the first of four television appearances for the Boilermakers ... posts 8-8 record in final 16 conference matches ... registers season sweeps of Iowa, Indiana, Northwestern and Illinois ... Lynch earns AVCA National Player of the Week honors, Nov. 20 after racking up a career-best 12 blocks vs. Northwestern ... team earns No. 14 overall seed in NCAA Tournament ... sweeps Saint Louis and Kentucky in the opening two rounds on Belin Court ... season ends against No. 5 Penn State in the Sweet 16 ... Lynch receives honorable mention AVCA All-America, first team All-Mideast Region and first team All-Big Ten acclaim, after being named a preseason all-conference selection ... Samantha Mader garners honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades ... Dildine surpasses 1,000-dig milestone on Sept. 30 vs. Penn State ... Merlau receives Academic All-District V honors, while she and eight other Boilermakers earn Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
2007 - Purdue posts a 19-14 overall record, including a third-place finish in the Big Ten, its best conference showing since 1990 ... the team earns its fourth straight NCAA Tournament berth, marking the first time the Boilermakers had done so since 1981-1984 ... after being ranked 13th in the preseason poll, the Boilermakers start the season with a pair of wins at the Duke Invitational, but hit a buzzsaw in the No. 19 Blue Devils in the tournament finale... Anne Mastandrea and Danita Merlau earn all-tournament team nods ... Mastandrea goes on to earn Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts ... Purdue drops to No. 17 after the showing ... the team manages a 1-2 mark at its own Mortar Board Premier, while Stephanie Lynch garners all-tournament team accolades ... now unranked, the Boilermakers rebound with a trio of wins en route to the Clemson Big Orange Bash tournament title... the team extends the win streak to four, topping Oregon at the Sports Imports Classic in Columbus, Ohio, before wrapping up non-conference play against No. 4 USC ... the Boilermakers face off with three top 15 opponents in their first five conference matches, No. 12 Minnesota, No. 3 Penn State and No. 9 Wisconsin ... Purdue makes its Big Ten Network debut with a Monday evening match at Illinois, taking a five-game thriller and moving to 3-3 in conference play ... Kelli Miller sets school record with 40 digs as Indiana takes the Monon Spike for the first time since 2002 ... Purdue rebounds with a four-game road win over No. 15 Michigan to end the first half of the conference season at 6-4 ... the team wraps up its first season sweep of Ohio State since 1988 with a four-game win in Columbus ... Lynch earns Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for her 13-block effort against the Buckeyes ... Purdue splits its final weekend of conference play, falling to Michigan State, but finishing with a win over Northwestern to clinch a tie for third place with an 11-9 mark ... the Boilermakers face No. 19 Ohio in Athens, Ohio, in the NCAA Tournament first round and defeat the Bobcats 3-1 ... No. 17 Cal Poly issues the team a 3-0 loss to end the season ... Lynch garners honorable mention AVCA All-America, first team All-Mideast Region and first team All-Big Ten accolades, after being named a preseason all-conference selection ... Samantha Mader, Merlau and Lynch reach the 1,000 kill milestone ... Miller and Mastandrea surpass the 1,000-dig mark ... Merlau earns Academic All-District V honors, while she and seven other Boilermakers earn Academic All-Big Ten accolades ... Purdue ranks 12th nationally in attendance average (2,075 per match).
2008 - The Boilermakers post their best overall and conference win totals in more than 20 years with a 26-9 mark including a 13-7 league tally ... the 26-win tally was the program's best since 1985, while the 13 conference victories were the most since 1987 ... the team makes its fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, matching the 1981-1985 squads for the most consecutive NCAA postseason appearances ... the Boilermakers advance to the second round for the fifth-straight year and the Sweet 16 for the third time in four seasons ... Purdue was ranked in the nation's Top 25 throughout the season, beginning with a No. 25 preseason ranking and peaking with a No. 15 ranking on Sept. 8 ... Stephanie Lynch is named AVCA first-team All-America, becoming the first Purdue player to do so since 1985 ... the Boilermakers post an 11-1 mark in five game matches during the year ... the team kicks off the season with seven straight wins, including head coach Dave Shondell's 100th collegiate win over Tennessee State on August 29, an upset victory over No. 14 Kansas State on August 30 and tournament titles at the Mortar Board Premier and the Active Ankle Challenge ... Danita Merlau is named the Mortar Board MVP, while Lynch and Kelli Miller receive all-tournament team acclaim ... Miller takes MVP honors at the Active Ankle Challenge in her hometown of Muncie, Ind., while Lynch and Merlau also garnered all-tournament team nods ... a five-set loss to Utah State marrs the team's perfect non-conference campaign, but the squad rebounds with four straight victories en route to the Utah Classic and Dayton Invitational titles ... Lynch picks up MVP accolades at both tournaments, while Miller and Jaclyn Hart also bring home all-tournament team honors from the Utah Classic ... Merlau and Miller round out Purdue's all-tournament team contingent at the Dayton Invitational ... Lynch and Miller swept the Big Ten Player and Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 15 ... an upset win over No. 19 Wisconsin highlights the first half of conference play ... Lynch and Miller sweep the Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Oct. 17 ... the Boilermakers edge No. 18 Michigan in five sets to begin the second half of league play ... Purdue posts season sweeps of Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin ... Lynch garners Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 17 for her efforts in the Monon Spike win over Indiana and against No. 1 Penn State ... the Boilermakers take five-set matches from Louisville and Middle Tennessee State in the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament played on Belin Court in West Lafayette ... No. 6 Hawai'i posts a come-from-behind win to end Purdue's season in the Sweet 16 ... Lynch garners first team All-Mideast Region and unanimous first team All-Big Ten accolades ... Miller and Kristen Arthurs are named honorable mention All-Mideast Region .... Lynch sets career marks for hitting percentage, total blocks and block assists and snaps season block assists record ... Merlau takes career hitting attempts record, while Miller becomes career digs and digs per game leader ... Arthurs garners first-team Academic All-District V honors, while Lynch and Merlau earn second team accolades ... six Boilermakers receive Academic All-Big Ten acclaim ... Purdue ranks eighth nationally in attendance average (2,485 per match), including a season-best 10,570 fans, who attended the team's Mackey Madness event on Oct. 17 against No. 19 Wisconsin.
2009 - Purdue posts a 14-17 record, including a 6-14 mark in Big Ten play, good for seventh place ... the team plays 11 matches against Top 25 foes and defeats a pair of ranked opponents, downing No. 21 Kansas State and No. 16 Michigan State ... Purdue is ranked 19th in the preseason poll and falls to 24th the following week, before spending five weeks among the vote getters outside of the poll ... the team posts an 3-9 record in five-set matches, including six losses by just two points in the final stanza ... Kristen Arthurs ties Purdue, Big Ten and NCAA record with 1.000 hitting effort (10-0-10) against Ball State in season opener, becoming just 23rd player in Division I history to achieve the feat ... Purdue kicks off the season with 2-1 showings at the Mortar Board Premier, Baylor Classic and Varney's Kansas State Invitational, then wraps up non-conference action with two wins at the Active Ankle Challenge ... Carrie Gurnell is named to the all-tournament team at all four events ... Tiffany Fisher was named MVP of the Active Ankle Challenge and also received all-tournament team honors at the Mortar Board Premier ... Jaclyn Hart garners all-tournament team acclaim at the Baylor Classic and Active Ankle Challenge, while Arthurs receives the nod at the Kansas State Invitational ... Blair Bashen is named as the all-tournament libero at the Baylor event ... Hart posts a triple double against UCF at the Baylor Classic on Sept. 5, making her just the 14th Boilermaker to do so, with a 12 kills, 41 assist, 10 dig effort ... the Boilermakers begin Big Ten play with a win over No. 16 Michigan State and a five-set, 15-13 loss to No. 8 Michigan .... the team drops nine of next 11 games, save home wins against Wisconsin and Iowa and a Monon Spike victory at Indiana ... rookie Ariel Turner earns Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Sept. 21 and Oct. 19, while classmate Anna Drewry garners three straight honors on Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 ... Purdue wraps season with a five-set road win at Wisconsin ... Fisher earns honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades, while Turner receives all-freshman team honors ... Gurnell surpasses the 1,000 kill milestone ... Arthurs garners Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Purdue ranks 12th nationally in attendance average (2,231 per match).
2010 - Purdue advances to the NCAA Regional Final for just the second time in program history, and first in the 64-team field era ... the team wraps the season with a 24-11 mark, despite playing 10 matches against ranked foes and 17 against 2009 NCAA Tournament teams ... the Boilermakers finish tied for fourth in the Big Ten at 12-8 ... the team knocks off three Top 10 foes: No. 1 Florida in the Regional Semifinals and No. 4 Penn State and No. 10 Illinois during the conference season ... the Boilermakers record the 700th win in program lore with their Sept. 3 sweep of Pittsburgh ... Purdue spends 10 weeks among the vote getters outside of the Top 25 poll, before tying for 24th in the Nov. 29 listing and capping the season at No. 11 in the final poll ... senior setter Jaclyn Hart garners third team All-America, All-Midwest Region and unanimous All-Big Ten honors, while redshirt freshman outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak receives All-Big Ten Freshman Team accolades ... the Boilermakers rank among the nation's top 50 in blocks per set (32nd with 2.50) and kills per set (47th with 13.73), while also ranking 56th in hitting percentage (.236) and 57th in assists per set (12.60) ... individually, setter Jaclyn Hart ranks 49th in assists per set (10.68) ... Purdue kicks off its season with a second-place finish at the Mortar Board Premier, falling to No. 24 Northern Iowa in the finale ... Tiffany Fisher and Ariel Turner are named to the all-tournament team ... the Boilermakers rebound with seven straight wins, taking the Pitt Invitational and Active Ankle Challenge titles along the way ... Jaclyn Hart is named MVP of the Pitt Invite, while Carly Cramer and Catherine Rebarchak receive all-tournament team acclaim ... Turner is named MVP of the Active Ankle Challenge, while Fisher and Emily Ehlers receive all-tournament team nods ... Turner and Hart are named to the Big East/Big Ten Challenge all-tournament squad as Purdue splits its matches ... the team kicks off Big Ten play with a four-set win over rival Indiana ... a historic five-set come-from-behind win over eventual-national champion No. 4 Penn State comes on Oct. 8, giving Purdue its first ever win over a Top 5 foe and first over PSU since 1987 ... a Monon Spike victory at home against Indiana kicks off a stretch of five victories in the last six regular season matches, including wins over No. 24 Northwestern and No. 10 Illinois ... Purdue plays host to Kentucky and Louisville in NCAA first and second round matches, downing each in four sets on Belin Court ... the Boilermakers stun No. 1 Florida via sweep in Austin, Texas, marking the program's first ever victory over a top-ranked foe and putting Purdue in the Regional Final for the first time since 1982 ... a four-set loss to No. 6 Texas ends the postseason run ... senior middle blocker Kristen Arthurs garners first team Academic All-District V honors for the third straight year ... Arthurs and five others receive Academic All-Big Ten acclaim ... Cramer joins the 30-dig club with a 30 save effort against No. 17 Minnesota on Oct. 1 ... Purdue packs in a Holloway Gymnasium record crowd of 2,588 fans for its Nov. 10 Monon Spike match with Indiana ... the Boilermakers rank 17th nationally in attendance average (1,988 per match).
2011 - Purdue makes the program's 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh in the last eight seasons after posting its best record since the 1985 season (29-5), including the most conference victories since 1985 (16-4), and a second place Big Ten finish, its best since 1987 ... the Boilermakers advance to the NCAA third round for the sixth time in program history and fifth since 2005 ... the team is ranked among the top 15 throughout the season, peaking at No. 8 (Nov. 14 and 21), which marked its highest listing since 1983, and ending at No. 10 ... the final poll position capped a stretch of four weeks among the top 10, Purdue's longest stay there since 1983 ... the Boilermakers face off with 12 ranked foes, defeating a program record seven, including wins over No. 2 Nebraska and No. 5 Illinois ... junior outside hitter Ariel Turner becomes the program's first dual athletic and academic All-American since 1984, earning first team AVCA honors and second team Capital One Academic accolades ... Turner also is named Big Ten Player of the Year and as a unanimous All-Big Ten selection ... senior middle blocker Tiffany Fisher garners honorable mention All-America and unanimous All-Big Ten acclaim ... head coach Dave Shondell earns the Mideast Region and Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year awards ... freshman middle blocker Kierra Jones receives All-Big Ten Freshman Team accolades ... the Boilermakers rank among the top 50 nationally in winning percentage (seventh, .853), blocks per set (15th with 2.75) and hitting percentage (20th with .260), while also ranking 56th in kills per set (13.72) and 62nd in assists per set (12.64) ... individually, Turner ranks third in points per set (5.46) and sixth in kills per set (4.84); Fisher is 10th in hitting percentage (.394), setter Rachel Davis is 42nd in assists per set (10.94) and Jones is 44th in blocks per set (1.22) ... Purdue kicks off its season with a 14-0 record including tournament titles at Mortar Board Premier, Denver Invitational and Active Ankle Challenge while also going 2-0 at Big Ten/Big East Challenge ... Jones is named MVP of the Mortar Board Premier, while Fisher and Turner garner all-tournament team nods ... Fisher is MVP of the Denver Invitational, while Turner and Blair Bashen are named to the all-tournament team ... Davis is named MVP of the Active Ankle Challenge, while Turner and Rebarchak garner all-tournament team nods ... Turner and Rebarchak are named to the all-tournament team at Big Ten/Big East Challenge ... Purdue moves to 14-0 with three straight Big Ten wins, including a sweep of No. 18 Michigan, before suffering its first loss ... two more top 10 losses make the team 15-3, but 10 straight victories including six over ranked opponents follow ... wins over No. 5 Illinois and No. 2 Nebraska highlight the stretch ... Purdue hosts NCAA first and second rounds, topping Morehead State and Louisville ... Turner garners Academic All-America honors and leads group of six Academic All-Big Ten selections ... Ehlers and Bashen post 1,000th digs, Turner sets season attempts record and posts 1000th kill ... Purdue packs in record crowd of 2,961 vs. No. 2 Nebraska, Nov. 12 ... the Boilermakers rank 11th nationally in attendance average (2,390 per match).