WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue picked up wins over Colorado State and Florida State in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Florida State ended Purdue's season last year but the Boilers got revenge this season with a dramatic, five set victory over the Seminoles.
"We went in to that match with all the confidence in the world and came out on top," said Purdue freshman Amanda Neill. "It has to be one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had in winning with a volleyball team."
"To go back to their home court where they had not lost in two years," said Purdue junior Catherine Rebarchak. "It was a great feeling. It is a great win for our program."
"To play Florida State in their gym where they had won 27 matches in a row and were ranked the ninth seed in the tournament, we knew it was going to take a special match," said Purdue head coach Dave Shondell. "We had a lot of players play at a very high level. We wanted that win just a little more than Florida State."
The Boilers now get to play in front of their home crowd here at Mackey Arena.
"It is a dream come true," said Shondell. "To be able to play here at Mackey Arena in what I think will be a great crowd. It is probably the highlight of the ten years that I have been here on staff."
"Being a townie, it is exciting," said Neill. "I know people and they are texting me and tweeting me. They are telling me how exciting it is going to be to come watch and I am just so excited to be apart of this program and have the support that we do here at Purdue."
The Boilers have a tough test on Friday night at 7 pm when they face 8th seeded Minnesota. If the Boilers beat the Gophers, Purdue then has to face either number one Penn State or 16th seeded Kentucky on Saturday at Mackey Arena.
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