Match Preview: Purdue vs. Penn State (with Video, Stats and Rosters)

The Match: Penn State (18-4; 8-3 Big Ten) vs. Purdue (15-7, 6-5 Big Ten)

Where and When: University Park, PA., Rec Hall, Saturday, October  30th, 5:00 p.m. E.T.

Media Coverage: Game Tracker; Listen to Purdue Broadcast

Match Snapshot:

The Nittany Lions will be taking on a Purdue team that rebounded last night from a very tough 3-2 loss to Michigan, with a 3-2 victory over Ohio State. 

The Boilermakers are tall and tough at the net and, in case anyone has forgotten, defeated Penn State the last time out, 3-2, in West Lafayette.   

Offensively, Purdue is led by 6-1 So. OH Ariel Turner (4.19 kills/set, 2.16 digs/set, 0.77 blocks/set and 11 aces), 6-2 Jr. Tiffany Fisher (2.47 kills/set, 1.04 blocks/set, .345 attack %, 13 aces), 6-2 RS Fr. OH Catherine Rebarchak (2.19 kills/set and 0.79 blocks/set), 6-2 RS Fr. OH Katie Griffin (1.82 kills/set), 6-3 So. MB  Anna Drewry  (1.51 kills/set) and 6-3 Sr. MB Kristen Arthurs  (1.25 kills/set). Defensively,  Arthurs  is averaging 1.04 blocks/set, with  Drewry  averaging 0.86/set.  In the backrow, 5-6 So. DS Carly Cramer leads the team with 4.18 digs/set, followed by5-9 Jr. DS  Emily Ehlers (2.87 digs/set), and 5-10 RS Jr. DS Blair Bashen (2.49 digs/set).  6-1 Sr. S Jaclyn Hart is averaging 10.41 assists/set and has been tough at the net, averaging 0.74 blocks/set.  Purdue has a .239 team attack % and has held its opponents  to a .169 attack %. 

For Penn State, which is coming off a solid 3-0 sweep of the Indiana last night, following a 3-0 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats last Saturday, 6-5 Sr. Opp. Blair Brown is averaging a team-best 3.79 kills/set, followed by 6-1 Fr. OH Deja McClendon at 3.43 kills/set and 6-3 Sr. MH Arielle Wilson at 2.78 kills/set.  So. S.  Kristin Carpenter averages 10.75 assists/set, 5-9 Sr. L Alyssa D’Errico leads the team with 3.95 digs/set Wilson is tops on the team with  1.27 blocks/set followed by 6-3 Sr. MH Fatima Balza (1.20 blocks/set) and 6-6 Fr. OH Katie Slay (1.39 blocks/set).

Video Preview with Coach Hohenshelt

Here’s Penn State Assistant Coach Dennis Hohenshelt, courtesy of, giving his thoughts on the the team and tonight’s match with Purdue (as well as Friday night’s opponent, Indiana):

Rosters and Stats

Here are the Rosters for the Nittany Lions and the Boilermakers, followed by a statistical comparison of the two teams and their players:


No. Name Class Pos. Ht. Hometown/High School/Previous College
1 Davis, Rachel RS FR S 6-0 Kalamazoo, Mich./Plainwell
3 Fox, Hilliary FR MB/OH 6-1 Montgomery, Ind./Barr Reeve
5 Hart, Jaclyn SR S 6-1 Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg
6 Ehlers, Emily JR DS 5-9 Mishawaka, Ind./Penn
8 Turner, Ariel SO OH 6-1 Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista
9 Miller, Amanda JR DS 5-7 Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Mission Viejo
10 Griffin, Katie RS FR OH 6-2 Avon, Ind./Avon
11 Cramer, Carly SO DS 5-6 Martinsville, Ind./Martinsville
13 Perri, Elena FR OH 6-0 Richland, Mich./Gull Lake
14 Bashen, Blair RS JR DS 5-10 Houston, Texas/St. John’s
15 Gosewisch, Courtney SO DS 5-8 Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South
16 Arthurs, Kristen SR MB 6-3 Newport, Mich./St. Mary’s Catholic Central
17 Rebarchak, Catherine RS FR MB/OH 6-2 Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s Episcopal
18 Fisher, Tiffany JR MB/OH 6-2 Topeka, Ind./Westview
20 Drewry, Anna SO MB 6-3 San Antonio, Texas/Tom C. Clark

Penn State

2010 Team Roster

NumberName PositionEligibilityHeightHometownState/Nation
1Ariel Scott

MHFr.6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
2 Katie Kabbes OHJr.6-5RaleighNorth Carolina
3Fatima Balza MHSr.6-3MeridaVenezuela
4Jessica Ullrich DSSr.5-8WinfieldIllinois
5Kristin Carpenter S/DSSo.5-6MechanicsvilleVirginia
6Maddie MartinOHFr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Arielle Wilson MHSr.6-3BroadviewIllinois
8Erica Denny
9Blair Brown MH/OppSr. (RS)6-5 Purcellville Virginia
10Marika Racibarskas SSo.6-0ChathamNew Jersey
11Darcy Dorton

12Alyssa D'Errico L/DSSr.5-9ByronNew York
13 Megan Shifflett DS/SJr.5-6Falls ChurchVirginia
14Cathy QuilicoL/DSSr.5-1Thousand OaksCalifornia
15Maggie HardingDSFr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Katie Slay
MHFr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
18Deja McClendon

19Krosby Pabst DSFr.5-7Long BeachCalifornia
22Mikinzie MoydellSFr.6-0Parker Colorado
23Ali LongoDSFr.5-6ChatfieldColorado

NCAA Statistical Rankings as of 10-24-10