BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
In Eve Rackham’s first season at University of Tennessee, she helped orchestrate the largest single-season turnaround in program history. She guided the Lady Vols to a 14-win increase overall, 11-win increase in Southeastern Conference play and an eight-place jump in the conference standings.
After being picked to finish 10th, she led Tennessee to 16 SEC wins and a second place finish in her first season as a head coach. Tennessee won a total of 20 SEC matches in the four previous seasons combined.
Rackham became the first Tennessee coach in any sport to beat a ranked opponent in her debut. In front of the second-largest crowd in Lady Vol volleyball history, Tennessee defeated No. 22 Michigan State in four sets to claim their first win in the Eve Rackham era.
On the season, Rackham and the Lady Vols went 2-0 vs. Big Ten opponents which is their best record against the Big Ten in program history, tying their record of 2-0 in the 1983 season.
The Lady Vols captured four-ranked wins in 2018, the most of any SEC team and the only team in the conference to have a winning record against the AVCA Top-25. After coming back from 2-0 sets down to defeat Georgia in five sets, Tennessee entered the AVCA Top-25 poll themselves for the first time since 2012. The Lady Vols would climb as high as No. 19 in the polls as they were ranked in the final five polls of the season.
Tennessee ended conference play on an 11-match win streak which included the first sweep over the Florida Gators since the 1988 season and just second time in program history. Inside of Thompson-Boling Arena, the Lady Vols tallied 14 home wins this season. It marks just the second time in program history Tennessee have accomplished that feat. It is also the first time since 1983 that UT had 14 or more wins at home in the regular season.
After a 26-win season, third most in UT history in the rally scoring era, Tennessee was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in school history and the first time since the 2012 season.
After earning a No. 2 seed in the Washington State regional, Tennessee advanced to the second round of the tournament for the 10th time in program history, defeating Colorado State in five sets in the first round of the tournament.
Art and Connie Euler women’s volleyball head coach Dave Shondell is entering his 16th year at the helm of the Boilermakers after leading the team to 12 NCAA Tournament berths in the last 15 years, including seven Sweet 16 appearances, and two Elite Eight appearances in 2010 and 2013.
The Big Ten Conference and Mideast Region Coach of the Year in 2011, Shondell became the fourth head coach in the history of the Boilermaker program Feb. 13, 2003. In 15 seasons, Shondell has transformed Purdue into a perennial Big Ten and national contender.
In his first season, Shondell led the Boilermakers to two Top 25 wins and the program’s first win over Ohio State in Columbus since 1988. In the past 14 years, Purdue has made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the second round each season, making the program one of 11 nationally to do so.
The team’s seven Sweet 16 berths in the last 15 seasons make the school one of 12 in the nation that can boast the accomplishment. In fact, Purdue is one of just 12 schools to appear in four of the last eight Sweet 16s (2010-2013).
The Boilermakers have posted 10 20-win seasons, including 29 victories in 2011, the program’s highest total since 1985. Purdue has defeated 56 ranked teams and climbed the Big Ten standings, finishing second in 2011, the team’s best finish since 1987. Overall, 33 of those 56 victories were played in West Lafayette, Ind., and the Boilermakers were the lesser ranked team in 25 of those contests.
In addition to Purdue’s successful record, Shondell has coached the Boilermakers to 19 All-America and six Academic All-America honors. His charges also have earned 65 All-Big Ten and 162 Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
Steve Florio was named the head coach of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball program in February of 2014.
Florio has been at Purdue Fort Wayne for over a decade, previously as associate head coach. He has helped guide the program to a combined record of 238-115 during his time as associate head coach with the Mastodons, including NCAA Tournament berths in 2009 and 2012.
As the lead recruiter for the program, his recruits have earned a pair of All-Region Honorable Mention honors. Additionally his recruits have racked up numerous Summit League awards, including a Summit League Player of the Year, two Summit League Setters of the Year, one Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, one Summit League Newcomer of the Year, 18 All-League honorees, and five players on the All-Freshman Team.
Chuck Crawford enters his third season at the helm of the Blue Raider volleyball program for the 2019 season. Crawford, who has extensive experience in premiere collegiate volleyball, is the 11th head coach in program history.
In the 2018 season, Crawford continued to help the Blue Raider program grow, coaching the team to the highest number of kills (1,180), digs (1,359) and assists (1,098) the program has seen in the past four seasons. Similarly, under the helm of Crawford, Bailey Mason earned the programs first Conference USA All-Conference second team nomination, marking the first time a Blue Raider has earned a C-USA conference post-season honor in three seasons. Likewise, Crawford aided in mentoring Brienna Tankesley to earn her first C-USA All-Academic team nomination, marking the second player to receive this honor under his helm.
During his first season as head coach, Crawford was determined to change the culture and the direction of the program throughout the first season. Crawford greatly improved the team’s serving, helping the squad earn the most service aces (171) and service aces per set (1.64) in the Blue Raider 25-point era. The most improved player from the service line was Dora Peonia, who inked 44 aces on the season to top the program charts in total service aces in a single season since 2007. Likewise, the team earned the first AVCA Academic Team Award in program history under the helm of Crawford.
Crawford came to Murfreesboro from Auburn where he served as an assistant for three seasons. While on The Plains, Crawford’s responsibilities included defensive game planning along with scouting and assisting with recruiting and development. Crawford single-handedly picked the 2018 Auburn recruiting class, which was ranked the seventh-best incoming group in the nation. Likewise, Crawford trained and recruited Auburn’s Mica Allison, who won the NORCECA Continental Championship gold medal along with her U.S. Junior National Team, and Jessie Earle, who was the first Tiger in program history to earn All-American honors. With the Tigers, Crawford also helped lead wins against No. 10 Florida and No. 21 Arkansas.
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