WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue volleyball senior Sherridan Atkinson was named to the 2018 Preseason All-Big Ten Volleyball Team, while the No. 23 Boilermakers ranked seventh in the preseason poll, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
Atkinson, who was a unanimous selection, was one of 14 named to the league's preseason team. Last year, the outside hitter set career best totals in every statistical category, earning 394 kills and a 3.40 kills per set average on 855 swings to record a .322 hitting percentage, along with 23 aces, 108 digs and 86 blocks over the course of 116 sets.
She concluded a breakthrough junior campaign with her first All-America honor with a third team selection, along with an All-America Honorable Mention by PrepVolleyball and VolleyballMag. She also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, AVCA All-Northeast Region recognition and was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Boilermakers found themselves picked in the top half of the conference after collecting 12 league wins in 2017.
Last year Purdue finished the season 23-10 with a 12-8 record in the Big Ten, marking the 10th season Shondell has led the Boilermakers to at least 20 wins and 10 conference wins. The effort placed Purdue fifth in the Big Ten, and the Boilermakers finished the year ranked 18th in the nation.
The 2017 season also marked the 10th year under Shondell that the Boilermakers finished fifth or better in the nation's toughest volleyball conference and the third time in program history Purdue was ranked all 16 weeks of the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll.
The Boilermakers open the 2018 campaign at home on August 24 against Wofford and Bowling Green in the Purdue Reamer Club Xtra Special Volleyball Premier. Fans can catch a glimpse of the 16-member squad at the team's annual Black and Gold Scrimmage set for Friday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Holloway Gymnasium. Admission to the scrimmage is free for all fans.
2018 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Ali Bastianelli, ILL
JORDYN POULTER, ILL
Taylor Louis, IOWA
CARLY SKJODT, MICH
Alexis Hart, MINN
STEPHANIE SAMEDY, MINN
SAMANTHA SELIGER-SWENSON, MINN
MIKAELA FOECKE, NEB
Kenzie Maloney, NEB
Taylor Leath, PSU
Kendall White, PSU
SHERRIDAN ATKINSON, PUR
DANA RETTKE, WIS
Tionna Williams, WIS
UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN CAPS
2018 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL