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Purdue Volleyball 2022 Recap: Weeks 3 & 4

Overall, these last couple of weeks have been expected. Purdue started with a road match against a team that had crushed them last season, and they got swept again. In the remainder of their matches against mid-major opponents, the Boilermakers took care of business to gain some positive momentum heading into Big Ten play.

9/9: FINAL—#4 Louisville 3, #9 Purdue 0

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Key Leaders:

Maddy Chinn: 4 kills, 1 solo block, 3 assisted blocks

Raven Colvin: 8 kills, .500 hitting percentage, 2 service aces, 5 digs

Eva Hudson: 17 kills, 1 service ace, 8 digs

To be honest, this was sort of expected. A senior-laden team on their way to their second straight Elite Eight appearance was steamrolled by Louisville at a neutral site last season, so I wasn’t surprised by the sweep in Louisville’s arena. By multiple different statistical measures, Purdue played better this year than last year, and they even forced one of the sets into extra points. Still, Purdue fell flat against an elite opponent, meaning there is still work to do.

9/10: FINAL—#9 Purdue 3, Xavier 0

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Xavier

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Key Leaders:

Megan Renner: .750 hitting percentage, 39 assists, 1 assisted block, 7 digs

Raven Colvin: 11 kills, .500 hitting percentage, 2 assisted blocks

Eva Hudson: 21 kills, .475 hitting percentage, 1 assisted block, 7 digs

After losing a top-ten matchup to Louisville, Purdue took out frustrations on Xavier in the consolation round. It took the Boilermakers a little while to get started, as they were behind 7-4, 13-9, and 14-11 at different points in the first set. However, they then rattled off a six-point run to take the lead, and they held that lead for the remainder of the set. The second set started very evenly with the Boilermakers usually slightly behind the Musketeers, but five straight Boilermaker points pushed the match from a tie to a five-point Boilermaker lead, and they kept Xavier at bay for the rest of the set. The third set was much more straightforward: Purdue jumped out to early leads of 5-1, 7-2, and 10-4 and cruised the rest of the way.

9/15: FINAL—#10 Purdue 3, Northern Kentucky 0

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Northern Kentucky

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Key Leaders:

Raven Colvin: 4 kills, 2 solo blocks, 6 assisted blocks

Eva Hudson: 15 kills, .500 hitting percentage, 2 service aces, 3 assisted blocks, 8 digs

Hannah Clayton: 8 kills, .538 hitting percentage, 2 block assists

Purdue began the Stacey Clark Classic with a pretty straightforward win. The first set was pretty even at first, but after a Northern Kentucky kill to bring the score to 4-3, the Boilermakers rolled off seven straight points to bring it to 11-3. The Norse were undeterred however, and they pulled off their own seven point run to cut the deficit to one at 14-13. Once Purdue broke past this rally, they took control of the set. Northern Kentucky took an early 7-3 lead in the second set, but Purdue slowly yet steadily chipped away at that lead. Eventually, the Boilermakers took a 13-12 lead, picked up one more point to finish off the run, and then hung on to their lead for the remainder of the set. Purdue started the third set with a three point run, gave up back-to-back points, and then rolled off seven points in a row to take a 10-2 lead. That lead would expand to fourteen points at 19-5, and Purdue just had to hang on from there.

9/17: FINAL—#10 Purdue 3, Ball State 0

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Key Leaders:

Megan Renner: 37 assists, 4 block assists, 7 digs

Madeline Koch: 9 kills, .412 hitting percentage, 1 solo block, 3 assisted blocks

Eva Hudson: 16 kills, 2 service aces, 1 solo block, 3 assisted blocks, 9 digs

According to what I read on the preview; Kelli Miller Phillips was the first commitment that Dave Shondell ever landed as head coach of the Boilermakers. She became one of the best defensive players in Purdue history, and now she returns to Purdue for the first time as a head coach. After getting punched in the mouth with a 4-1 deficit, the Boilermakers punched the Cardinals in the mouth much harder throughout the first set with a final deficit of fourteen points. However, the match would get tighter from there. Runs were a big factor in the second set. A four point run gave Purdue an early 7-1 lead, but Ball State would bounce right back with an eight point run that would see them leading 13-10 when the dust settled. The set entered a sort of stalemate for a while, with the teams battling back and forth. However, after Ball State took a 23-20 lead on a kill, the Boilermakers stormed back with five straight points to finish the set. Ball State really didn’t want to end the tournament by getting swept, and they put up a serious fight in the final set. However, Eva Hudson finished things with a kill and a solo block.

Ranked Big Ten Teams:

#3 Nebraska, #6 Wisconsin, #7 Ohio State, #8 Minnesota, #9 Penn State, #11 Purdue

Nonconference Opponent Report:

Bowling Green State—5-6, 0-0

Recent Results: ag Towson (0-3), @#7 Pittsburgh (0-3), ag American (3-0), ag Mississippi State (3-2), @Michigan (0-3)

Loyola (IL)—6-7, 0-0

Recent Results: @#23 Marquette (1-3), St. Thomas (3-0), Kansas State (3-1), Rutgers (3-1), @Illinois-Chicago (0-3), ag DePaul (1-3), ag Northwestern (2-3)

Tennessee—6-6, 0-0

Recent Results: New Hampshire (3-0), Norfolk State (3-0), Citadel (3-0), #21 Western Kentucky (0-3), @#12 Pittsburgh (0-3), ag #5 Ohio State (0-3)

Bradley—4-8, 0-0

Recent Results: ag Loyola (MD) (3-0), @Ohio (0-3), ag Tennessee Tech (3-2), Western Michigan (1-3), St. Thomas (3-2), IUPUI (2-3)

Utah—7-4, 0-0

Recent Results: ag Southern Methodist (3-1), ag Connecticut (3-1), @#12 San Diego (2-3), #15 Brigham Young (1-3), Utah State (3-0)

Wisconsin-Milwaukee—1-10, 0-0

Recent Results: Louisiana State (1-3), @#23 Marquette (0-3), @Southern California (0-3), ag New Mexico State (1-3), ag San Jose State (1-3)

Louisville—9-1, 0-0

Recent Results: #9 Purdue (3-0), Lipscomb (3-0), @#13 Kentucky (3-2), @#9 Stanford (3-1)

Xavier—7-3, 0-0

Recent Results: ag Lipscomb (0-3), ag #9 Purdue (0-3), @Miami (OH) (3-2), Cincinnati (3-2)

Northern Kentucky—2-9, 0-0

Recent Results: @#21 Western Kentucky (2-3), ag Toledo (0-3), ag Austin Peay (2-3), @#10 Purdue (0-3), ag Ball State (3-2)

Ball State—8-4, 0-0

Recent Results: Arkansas State (3-0), Alabama (3-1), Wisconsin-Green Bay (3-2), Dayton (2-3), ag Northern Kentucky (2-3), @#10 Purdue (0-3)


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