Purdue’s Shondell Asks Why Volleyball Doesn’t Get More Exposure

WEST LAFAYETTE – After consecutive appearances in the NCAA’s Elite Eight, Coach Dave Shondell’s program is one of the most recognized in women’s college volleyball.

But even as the sport’s popularity continues to rise, getting matches broadcast on major networks to attract a wider fan base has been a challenge.

Shondell and a group of fellow trainers across the country are asking why.

“We’re trying to come up with ideas to see how to improve our game, improve our sport,” said Shondell, who is entering his 20th season as Purdue’s head coach. “One of the things I told them, look where we’ve come in the last 15 years. We’ve improved, but it’s not because of ESPN or because of the big networks.”

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