Friday Flashback: Krupa has held Purdue kills record since ‘98

January 8, 2021

Bev Krupa

Bev Krupa of Fairbanks hasn’t played volleyball for Purdue University since 1998, yet she still holds the school record for most kills in a match with 38.

Her legacy has stood the test of time.

Krupa was an explosive 5-foot-11 outside hitter who left an indelible mark on the Big Ten program from 1995 to 1998.

As a senior she earned All-Big Ten honors and delivered some of the greatest performances in Purdue history.

A week after her record 38 kills against Indiana she came back against Michigan with 33 kills, the third most in school history. She also had a memorable 27-kill, 20-dig performance against Minnesota.

Her epic 1998 season also saw her get invited to U.S. National Team tryouts.

Krupa, of West Valley High fame, left Purdue with the fifth-highest kills per set average of 3.36. Her 1,265 career kills still rank in the top 15.

In high school she excelled in soccer, basketball, track and field, softball and volleyball.

In 1995, she was named Gatorade Alaska Girls Basketball Player of the Year and selected Alaska Female Prep Athlete of the Year.

Friday Flashback is an ongoing series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.