Sports

February 24, 2020

Experiencing Postseason with Purdue Volleyball

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

As the 2018 & 2019 traveling radio broadcaster for Purdue University Women’s Volleyball on Learfield IMG College’s affiliate station, I got to experience not just midwest manners but being adopted as a part of the team’s family.

It’s the biggest perk of working for a team, for a school, as opposed to broadcasting for a network. Getting to call a place home for more than half the season, and traveling with the team, eating with the team, and growing with the team is such a fun aspect of the job and the life. Of course it only applies when coaches like Dave Shondell welcome you into the family culture and lifestyle.

Broadcasting Big Ten volleyball is hard to describe, because volleyball in the midwest is like baseball in California. The fans are rabid, and knowledgeable, with a higher attendance at schools like Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin than some college basketball schools get.

 

Getting to broadcast NCAA Tournament matches while at the University of Florida was a great experience, but calling postseason action with a team you follow all year is next-level. When Purdue reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in nearly a decade, it was one of the best feelings I’ve had as a broadcaster. Take a listen at the highlights from the 2019 postseason run, and some stretches of play-by-play from throughout the year: