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Purdue Volleyball Recap: Weeks 3 & 4

The nonconference season is over. There was one missed opportunity, but otherwise the Boilermakers played well. In the eight matches that Purdue won, they only dropped a single set. It looks like the team is back in rhythm, and that will be very important with a grueling Big Ten schedule coming up.

9/10: FINAL—#10 Louisville 3, #6 Purdue 0

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Key Leaders:

Caitlyn Newton: 11 kills, 2 assisted blocks, 3 digs

Jena Otec: 4 assists, 20 digs

Grace Cleveland: 9 kills, 4 assisted blocks, 3 digs

Coming into this match, I was pretty sure that Purdue’s experience against ranked foes would give the team an edge in this bout, but I was quite wrong. Louisville was able to pull away in the middle of the first two sets, and then after falling behind 3-1 in the third set, they rolled off four straight points and held Purdue at bay for the rest of the set. Frankly, what disappoints me so much isn’t that Purdue lost: it’s that Purdue lost so badly. They were unable to take a set from the Cardinals and were statistically dominated. It would appear that Purdue needs to fix some things before they face the next elite opponent on the schedule.

9/11: FINAL—#6 Purdue 3, Lipscomb 0

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Key Leaders:

Hayley Bush: 42 assists, 1 service ace, 2 assisted blocks, 3 digs

Caitlyn Newton: 16 kills, .406 hitting percentage, 1 service ace, 3 digs

Emma Ellis: 13 kills, .600 hitting percentage, 1 solo block, 3 assisted blocks

Grace Cleveland: 15 kills, .542 hitting percentage, 1 service ace, 3 assisted blocks

A couple of the sets weren’t that clean defensively, but Purdue was able to pick up the pieces and take care of business against Lipscomb. The combination of Newton, Ellis, and Cleveland was just too overpowering for the Bison defense, and the Boilermakers were able to ride that to the win. This time, Purdue was leading in all statistical categories, with the major victories being hitting percentage (.444 to .269), assists (49 to 40), and blocks (9 to 1). Purdue was even able to spread around some playing time to some new faces.

9/17: FINAL—#9 Purdue 3, Jacksonville State 0

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Jacksonville State

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Key Leaders:

Taylor Trammell: 5 kills, .833 hitting percentage, 5 assisted blocks

Jael Johnson: 6 kills, .385 hitting percentage, 5 assisted blocks, 3 digs

Grace Cleveland: 8 kills, 1 solo block, 5 assisted blocks, 6 digs

Purdue executed a masterful defensive performance to start the Stacey Clark Classic, finishing with thirteen blocks and holding the Gamecocks to a .035 overall hitting percentage. In the first set, Jacksonville State gave Purdue some early trouble, but Purdue used a couple of five point runs to pull away. In the second set, Jacksonville State got an early lead and held leads of 14-9, 16-11, and 19-17. However, Purdue scored the final eight points of the set to claim it. In the third set, Purdue took an early lead and kept Jacksonville State at bay for the rest of the way.

FINAL—#9 Purdue 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 0

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Key Leaders:

Hayley Bush: .667 hitting percentage, 29 assists, 2 service aces, 6 digs

Raven Colvin: 9 kills, .900 hitting percentage, 3 assisted blocks

Jael Johnson: 7 kills, .583 hitting percentage, 1 assist, 1 service ace, 1 solo block, 2 assisted blocks

Purdue Fort Wayne is not a very good team, and this really won’t help Purdue’s bracket case other than avoiding an embarrassing loss. However, this was still a really dominating win for the Boilermakers, especially in the second and third sets. Purdue’s statistics were really fun if you are a Boilermaker fan: they hit .456 while holding the Mastodons to a .012 clip, four different players, Hayley Bush, Raven Colvin, Jael Johnson, and Maddie Koch, scored kills without any errors, and Purdue nailed nine service aces spread among seven different players. Also, fourteen different players saw playing time, so Coach Shondell gets a bit of data for potential lineups next season.

9/18: FINAL—#9 Purdue 3, #22 Tennessee 0

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#22 Tennessee

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Key Leaders:

Hayley Bush: 36 assists, 1 service ace, 1 solo block, 2 assisted blocks, 16 digs

Caitlyn Newton: 11 kills, 1 service ace, 2 assisted blocks, 3 digs

Maddy Chinn: 11 kills, .280 hitting percentage, 5 digs

Grace Cleveland: 12 kills, .357 hitting percentage, 1 solo block, 1 assisted block

Tennessee came into this match leading the Southeastern Conference and within the top fifteen in the nation in kills per set and blocks per set, so I expected this to be a challenging match. However, Purdue was able to outclass the Volunteers in both of those categories and sweep them in Purdue’s final nonconference match of the season. In the first set, Purdue took an early lead and held off Tennessee for the rest of the set. Purdue took another early lead in the second set, but Tennessee erased it with a four point run to tie the match at seven. Undeterred, Purdue responded with a four point run of their own, and successfully held the lead for the rest of the set. The third set was a back-and-forth battle of runs and counter runs where Purdue grabbed the last two points to clinch the match.

Ranked Big Ten Teams:

#2 Wisconsin, #3 Ohio State, #T7 Purdue, #9 Minnesota, #12 Nebraska, #20 Penn State

Nonconference Opponent Report:

Loyola Marymount (CA)—9-1, 0-0

Recent Results: ag Old Dominion (3-0), ag Navy (3-0), @Liberty (3-1), Cal Poly (3-1),

@Cal Poly (3-1)

Kansas—8-3, 0-0

Recent Results: Delaware (3-0), Wichita State (3-0), Kent State (3-0), Missouri-Kansas City (3-1), Missouri State (3-0), Albany (3-0)

Nevada-Las Vegas—9-2, 0-0

Recent Results: @Colgate (3-1), ag Niagara (3-0), @Cornell (3-0), ag Bucknell (3-0),

ag Pacific (3-1), @Arizona State (3-2)

Washington State—6-4, 0-0

Recent Results: Long Beach State (3-0), Northern Iowa (3-0), Gonzaga (3-0), @California-Santa Barbara (3-0), ag Virginia Commonwealth (3-0), @California-Santa Barbara (3-1)

Louisville—10-0, 0-0

Recent Results: ag #6 Purdue (3-0), @Xavier (3-0), #8 Kentucky (3-2), @#6 Nebraska (3-0)

Lipscomb—3-7, 0-0

Recent Results: @Xavier (2-3), ag #6 Purdue (0-3), Belmont (3-0), ag St. Johns (1-3), ag Ohio (3-1)

Jacksonville State—10-3, 0-0

Recent Results: Alabama A&M (3-0), Nicholls State (3-0), South Alabama (3-2),

Southern Mississippi (3-1), @#9 Purdue (0-3), ag #22 Tennessee (0-3),

ag Purdue-Fort Wayne (3-1)

Purdue-Fort Wayne—2-11, 0-0

Recent Results: ag Navy (0-3), @Liberty (3-2), ag Old Dominion (1-3), Toledo (0-3),

ag #22 Tennessee (0-3), @#9 Purdue (0-3), ag Jacksonville State (1-3)

Tennessee—8-2, 0-0

Recent Results: @Morehead State (3-0), Morehead State (3-0), ag Purdue-Fort Wayne (3-0),

ag Jacksonville State (3-0), @#9 Purdue (0-3)


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