#8 Minnesota beats Purdue 3-1 in the Sweet 16

Juan Crespo

Purdue put out their best effort, but it wasn't enough to beat the Gophers.

Hang your head high, Boilermakers. You gave the Gophers every thing you got, but they were just a better team tonight down the stretch, and a few calls may have helped them too.

This is really a tough post game wrap up for me. The Boilers gave it their all, and it just wasn't enough. In the 3rd and 4th sets, no matter how hard they tried, Minnesota would just find a way to block their attacks and send nasty kill after kill that no one could dig or block successfully. The 1st and 2nd set were all Purdue, but the 2nd set went to the Gophers after a few questionable calls that went Minnesota's way. But enough of finding excuses, Minnesota was the better team tonight, but the Boilers didn't go down without a fight.

In her last game as a Boilermaker, Ariel Turner stole the show. She finished with 25 kills and 16 digs, but her 10 errors and 76 attempts gave her a hitting percentage of 0.197. Katie Griffin continued to perform well off the bench with 5 kills and hitting percentage of 0.417 and no errors. Rachel Davis had one of her best games with 50 assists, 10 digs, 2 kills and 3 solo blocks with an assisted block.

It's tough to see Ariel Turner, Amanda Miller, Courtney Gosewisch, and Anna Drewry end their career like this. Turner had carried this team during the rough times, but it shows she can't do it alone (and it seems odd that the game winning point was Turner's attack getting blocked by Minnesota). Miller and Drewry have been great stories for Boilermaker fans, overcoming injuries and having great senior seasons. But alas, the road must end for everyone, and this is how it had to end for Purdue.

I'll have more in my post-season summary of the team. But before I end, I want to thank everyone for a great season. It may not have turned out how we expected back in August, but after a rough October, this was a serious improvement. Mackey was still a loud place tonight and proved to be a great place for volleyball for large events like this. It hasn't hit me that this was my last volleyball game as a Purdue student. Maybe I'll realize that later at the bars.

Thanks for tuning in this season, Purdue fans. You stay classy, West Lafayette. Crespo, out.

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