COLUMBIA — Purdue volleyball swept Central Arkansas (25-15, 25-17, 25-13) in the opening match of the NCAA tournament at the Hearnes Center.
Purdue sophomore Annie Drews had seven kills on .462 hitting, and sophomore Sam Epenesa led the Boilermakers with eight kills. Junior Val Nichol had 19 assists for the Boilermakers, and redshirt senior Carly Cramer had 10 digs.
"In the NCAA tournament, you don't hold anything back," Drews said.
Purdue will play either Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis — a team Purdue coach Dave Shondell called very scrappy — or Missouri on Saturday, depending on which team wins Friday night's match between the two.
Speaking about Missouri, Shondell called Missouri senior Molly Kreklow probably the best, smartest and hardest-working setter in the country. He called Missouri senior Lisa Henning the "head of the snake." Still, he credited the whole Missouri team.
"They think they're really good, and they are," he said about the Tigers. "Because they're so fast, with their offense, it's hard to focus just on one person."