Watch out everyone, this is starting to become routine!
In the second and clearly biggest match of the Stacey Clark Classic, Purdue Volleyball soundly beat #4 Kansas in four sets, 25-21, 24-26, 25-19, 25-14. A Final Four team a year ago, Kansas had yet to play a ranked opponent this year, and clearly weren't ready for the energy level of the Boilers' team and Holloway Gymnasium.
This was a matchup the team had practiced for all week long. Kansas' Kelsie Payne is regarded as one of the top 5 players in the country, and is a key part in a very unconventional offense, much like Stanford ran when Purdue beat them on their home floor last weekend. This in part shows the coaching staff's ability to identify and communicate matchups, tendencies, and formations of opponents, and the team's willingness to learn and use the knowledge in the match to help them win. Also have to give credit to the practice players (like myself) who model opposing players in practice.
Azariah Stahl led the way offensively for Purdue with 15 kills, and at a .444 hitting percentage. Danielle Cuttino notched 12 kills, but on a team high 35 attempts. Redshirt freshman Blake Mohler had a career night, with 11 kills and a .476 hitting percentage, spectacular numbers for a middle blocker.
Chalk this one up as another huge upset win for a spirited Purdue team, whose talent and fight has clearly flown under the radar for most of the country. A win over Xavier tomorrow night would cap a 10-1 non-conference season, a fantastic start for a team very much on the rise.