It is more than football season in West Lafayette. The other fall sports have also started at Purdue and that means we’re due for an update.
Rachel, as always, has done a great job with the volleyball updates and as usual, the volleyball team is off to a solid start and is in the top 25 nationally. The team is 4-1 having beaten Ball State, Ohio, #22 Louisville, and Lipscomb. They dropped a heartbreaker of a 5-set match at Notre Dame on September 6. They led early 2-1, but dropped the last two sets for the road loss.
The toughest match of the non-conference season is tonight at No. 16 Kentucky and will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 7pm. Purdue is currently ranked 21st nationally, and the ridiculously tough Big Ten season looms. The top 25 currently has #1 Nebraska, #4 Penn State, #7 Minnesota, #9 Wisconsin, and #19 Illinois in addition to Purdue, while Michigan is just outside the rankings and even Indiana is receiving votes. Big Ten play begins September 27 and 28 at Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Soccer is off to a solid start at 4-2-1 with both of its losses to teams currently in the top 15 nationally. The Boilers beat Georgia, Toledo, DePaul, and Iowa State to start 4-0, giving up just one goal in the process. They then hosted #7 South Carolina and #11 Kansas in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. The Gamecocks beat Purdue handily 2-0, but Purdue led the Jayhawks 1-0 before falling late 2-1. This past week Purdue tied St. Louis 0-0.
Hannah Melchiorre leads the team with three goals while Marisa Bova has been a wall with 22 saves and five shutouts. Big Ten play starts on Friday at home against Nebraska with #19 Iowa coming on Sunday. #13 Rutgers and #22 Penn State are the only other two Big Ten teams in the top 25 and Purdue plays them in mid-October.
Men’s Cross Country
After finishing as Big Ten runner-up last season the men’s team is ranked 24th nationally this fall. A top Big Ten finish is possible as well with only Indiana and Michigan ahead of them in the rankings. The men won their only meet so far at the Illinois Invite on August 30th.
Women’s Cross Country
The women were second at the Illinois Invite out of four teams, but are far behind much of the rest of the Big Ten. #4 Michigan, #9 Wisconsin, #11 Michigan State, #16 Penn State, #21 Ohio State, and #23 Minnesota make for a tough road in the Big Ten.