Purdue awaited their fate Sunday as the selection committee determined what seed they would land. A few weeks ago, after their win over Penn State they were looking at a 5 as bracket predictors anticipated Purdue would lose again before the end of the season with Wisconsin still on the schedule. The Boilers never did. They ended the season on a 7 game win streak and locked in a No. 3 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
The Boilers are in the Wisconsin quarter with Wisconsin as the 1 seed, Oregon as a 2 seed and Kansas as the 4 seed. Purdue will face off against Fairfield on Thursday at 7pm in West Lafayette.
Purdue ends the regular season 3rd in the Big Ten behind Nebraska and Wisconsin with a 21-8 overall record and 15-5 in the conference.
If Purdue’s record hadn’t solidified it already, their weekend performance helped secure a top seed and host site after sweeping both teams in three sets. Eva Hudson reached a monumental milestone against Michigan state getting her 1,000th career kill. She is the fastest Boilermaker to accomplish this feat joining Debbie McDonald (1986-1989) as the only other Purdue player to ever achieve it. The win over MSU was also the 21st win on the season in Dave Shondell’s 21st season as head coach.
Dynamic duo Hudson and Chicoine led the front row all season in attacks usually looking to them in key moments. The two racked up a total of 943 total kills together during conference play. On the defensive end, Raven Colvin led the team in blocks with 157 while Libero Maddie Schermerhorn had 516 total digs in Big Ten games.
Purdue had some growing pains to start the season, they lost to Loyola at home and dropped some winnable matches to Northwestern and Indiana. They were often their worst enemy with serving errors and net violations. The Boilers have looked dialed in as of late as they have seemed to start to put it together at the right time. This is a team who is capable of beating anyone on any given night, if they stay focused, I’d say look out for those Boilers.