Match Notes 10: vs. No. 10 Minnesota, No. 15 Wisconsin
October 30, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
Friday, Nov. 1: 7 p.m. Minnesota at Purdue
Saturday, Nov. 2: 7 p.m. Wisconsin at Purdue
The Book on the Boilermakers
Last Time Out:Purdue extended their current win streak to four matches, sweeping in-state foe Indiana on Wednesday and toppling No. 17 Michigan in a Saturday road match.
Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Catherine Rebarchak leads a group of six hitters averaging nearly two kills per set or more. Rebarchak is averaging 3.04 kills per set. Setter/outside hitter Val Nichol has put down 2.53 kills per set, while also dishing out 6.01 assists per set and managing 1.82 digs and 0.64 blocks per set. Outside hitters Sam Epenesa (2.28), Annie Drews (1.95) and Katie Griffin (1.85) and middle blocker KiKi Jones (2.08) round out the group. Jones is hitting at a team-best .376 clip and adds a team-leading 1.19 blocks per set and 16 aces to the team's tallies. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Faye Adelajaadds 1.17 blocks per set to go with 1.38 kills per stanza.
Defensively, libero Carly Cramer leads the way with 4.00 digs per set. Defensive specialists Hilliary Fox (2.25) and Amanda Neill (1.93), setter Rachel Davis(1.91), and Nichol (1.82) follow. Cramer has served up a team-best 23 aces, followed by Neill (21), Jones (16) and Epenesa (11). As a team, Purdue is hitting .241 and has served up 93 aces.
Wisconsin (Wisconsin leads the series 38-30): The teams split the first six contests of the series which began on Oct. 11, 1975. Purdue surged ahead in the series with 10 straight wins from 1981 to 1986. The Badgers won 11 of the next 19, but never more than two matches in a row. Wisconsin went ahead in the series with 17 straight wins from 1996 to 2004. The Boilermakers stopped the streak, taking two of the next three matches. The Badgers swept the 2006 and 2007 meetings, but Purdue swept the 2008 and 2009 contests, winning three via five-set decisions. The teams split the 2010 meetings with each winning on its home court. The Badgers won the Sept. 27 contest in Madison, snapping a two-match Purdue win streak: a sweep on Nov. 25, 2011, in Madison, and a 3-1 decision on Nov. 23, 2012, in West Lafayette.
What a Difference a Win Makes...
• They will move to 16-6 overall and 7-4 in Big Ten play this season.
• They will extend their current win streak to five matches.
• They will record their fourth win over a ranked foe in 2013 (also #12 Ohio State, #8 Nebraska, #17 Michigan).
• They will record their seventh win over a Top 10 foe since 2010. (#4 Penn State, #10 Illinois & #1 Florida in 2010; #5 Illinois & #2 Nebraska in 2011 and #9 Nebraska in 2013).
• They will move to 4-17 against the Gophers under Coach Shondell, including a 4-7 mark when playing in West Lafayette.
• They will improve to 189-157 all-time when playing in the month of November, including a 7-4 mark when playing on Nov. 1.
Getting To Know The Gophers
Last Time Out:The Gophers split matches last weekend, falling to No. 16 Wisconsin in a Wednesday road match, but rebounding with a four set win over Northwestern on Sunday.
Statistically Speaking:Middle blocker Tori Dixon leads the Gophers with 3.88 kills per set on a .406 hitting percentage, while also serving up 16 aces and leading the team at the net with 1.36 blocks per set. Outside hitters Ashley Wittman (3.32) and Daly Santana (2.81) and middle blocker Adrianna Nora (2.26) also add more than two kills per set. Wittman is hitting at a .307 clip and also adds 3.32 digs per set, while Santana chips in a team-best 29 aces and 2.73 digs per set. Middle blocker Hannah Tapp also aids the team at the net with 1.21 blocks per set.
Defensively, Wittman leads a group of four players with more than two digs per set. Wittman (3.32), Santana (2.73), setter Alexandra Palmer (2.44) and defensive specialist Lindsey Lawmaster (2.32) make up the group. As a team, Minnesota is hitting .281 and has served up 95 aces.
Words About Wisconsin
Last Time Out:The Badgers upset No. 7 Minnesota in Madison on Wednesday, but fell to Illinois in four sets on Sunday to wrap up the first half of Big Ten play.
Statistically Speaking:Outside hitter Ellen Chapman headlines the UW offense, turning in 3.39 kills per set on a .249 hitting percentage with a team-best 22 aces. Setter/outside hitter Courtney Thomas (2.70), outside hitter Deme Morales (2.52) and middle blocker Dominique Thompson (2.25) also average more than two kills per set. Middle blocker Haleigh Nelson adds 1.54 kills per set, while hitting at a team-best .324 clip and leading the team with 1.06 blocks per set. Thompson adds 1.07 blocks per set.
Defensively, libero Annemarie Hickey leads the way with 3.67 digs per set. Defensive specialist Taylor Morey (3.24), setter Lauren Carlini (2.90), Thomas (2.90), and Morales (2.49) also aid the defense. As a team, Wisconsin is hitting .221 and has served up 114 aces. Six players have served up double-digit ace tallies.
On August 27, 2012, the team was ranked seventh, a listing which tied the highest ranking in program history, matching the No. 7 listing from Nov. 14, 1983. Purdue was ranked No. 9 in the 2012 Preseason AVCA Coaches Poll, marking their highest starting listing in program history.
This week's ranking is Purdue's 138th all-time since the AVCA polls began in 1982, including preseason and postseason listings.
Purdue was listed among the Top 10 in six straight polls from Nov. 7, 2011, to Aug. 27, 2012, -- its longest stay there since 1983 (eight straight polls: Sept. 26 to Nov. 28).
Among The Nation
Jones Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
The honor is the first for Jones since garnering Big Ten Freshman and Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Nov. 7, 2011. She also earned Freshman and Defensive hono rs on Oct. 17, 2011 and Freshman of the Week accolades on Aug. 29, 2011.