Sept. 26, 2013
GOPHERS HOST BOILERMAKERS AT THE PAV
The No. 9 University of Minnesota volleyball program hosts No. 20 Purdue Sunday at the Sports Pavilion. The Golden Gophers and Boilermakers will face off at 1 p.m. and will be shown through the video feed on Gopher All-Access.
ON THE DOCKET
The Gophers are on the road for the next two weeks as they travel to No. 12 Nebraska (Oct. 4) and Iowa (Oct. 4). Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. starts. Minnesota is then on the road at No. 1 Penn State (Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. CT) and No. 13 Ohio State (Oct. 12, 6 p.m. CT). The matches against Nebraska and Penn State will be televised, live, on BTN.
Minnesota returns home to face No. 15 Michigan State (Oct. 17) and No. 10 Michigan (Oct. 19).
Minnesota opened Big Ten play with a 3-0 win over Indiana, Wednesday night at the Sports Pavilion. With the win, the Golden Gophers are 13-1 on the season and 1-0 league action.
Daly Santana provided a season-high five aces, while Ashley Wittman established her 1,500th career kill en route to the team’s 13th season win. Santana and Wittman added nine kills and tied a team-high eight digs. Tori Dixon had a match-high 11 as Alexandra Palmer provided a match-high 32 assists. Minnesota out blocked the Hoosiers, 9.5 to 4.0 as Hannah Tapp led the team with a career-high seven blocks.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ashley Wittman reached her career kill No. 1,500 against Indiana and now sits at 1,501 in her career. She currently ranks third among active leaders, nationally. Dixon ranks 22nd on the same category at 1,199 career kills.
Minnesota will honor the 20th anniversary of the 1993 NCAA Sweet 16 Golden Gophers and the 10th anniversary of the 2003 NCAA Final Four team during the Purdue match. The 1993 Minnesota season was completed with a 24-10 overall record, 14-6 and tied for third in the Big Ten. The Gophers made history, as they advanced to their first Final Four in school history in the 2003 season. Minnesota ended the regular season tied for second in Big Ten play with a 15-5 record.
ABOUT THE BOILERMAKERS
The Boilermakers enter Big Ten Conference play with a 9-2 overall record and an eight-match win streak. Purdue opens the Big Ten season at Wisconsin Friday night before traveling to Minnesota Sunday. Kierra Jones leads the team in hitting percentage (.419) and kills per set (2.07), while Val Nichol has a team-best 114 kills and 235 assists. Rachel Davis also had 201 assists to average 4.9 assists per set. Carly Cramer leads the defense with 156 digs.
Minnesota faced Purdue twice last season, once in conference action and another in the NCAA Sweet 16. The Gophers won both contests in four sets and now hold a 45-29 all-time mark against the Boilermakers.
THE LAST TIME
Minnesota earned its 27th win of the season and a trip to the Elite Eight as the Gophers defeated Purdue, last year at the NCAA Regional Semifinal in West Lafayette, Ind. The Gophers fell in the first set, 23-25, but came back and won the next three, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21. Minnesota had three players achieve double-doubles. Daly Santana had a team-high 16 kills and 14 digs, followed by Katherine Harms had 15 kills and 10 digs. Ashley Wittman provided 14 kills and 12 digs as Tori Dixon had 11 kills and a team-high five blocks. Morgan Bohl led the Gophers with a career-high 19 digs.