Boilermakers Serve Up Win Against the Islanders
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No.21 Purdue volleyball team opened its annual Stacey Clark Classic on a high note as it swept Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (25-14, 25-15, 25-8) on Friday morning. With the win, the Boilermakers improve to a four-match winning streak and a 6-1 overall record.
Delivering a season-best a.548 attack percentage, Purdue was powered by redshirt senior Blake Mohler and sophomore Grace Cleveland with nine kills apiece. They were followed by junior Cailtyn Newton, who totaled eight. Overall, the Boilermakers recorded 49 kills with only three errors on 84 attempts.
Mohler also led the Boilermakers defensively along the net with four blocks. Fellow senior Shavona Cuttino and Cleveland aided the effort with three each.
Redshirt sophomore Hayley Bush handed out 34 assists and six errorless kills, while Jena Otec guided the defense with 14 digs. Otec also served up four aces, her most in a match since registering five against South Alabama last season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (25-14) | The two teams tied through the first 12 points, until back-to-back kills from Mohler sparked a 9-0 run for the Boilermakers. Leading 15-6, Purdue utilized a pair of aces from sophomore Marissa Hornung and Otec, along with five blocks to maintain control, claiming the set, 25-14.
SET 2 (25-15) | Purdue came out firing all cylinders with a 10-3 opening run that saw three Boilermakers combine for six kills. Fueled by freshman Maddy Chinn, Cuttino and Mohler with four kills apiece, Purdue did not relinquish its double-digit advantage and cruised to a 25-15 victory.
SET 3 (25-8) | It was all Boilermakers in the final frame as they quickly jumped ahead 15-3. Corpus Christi capitalized on three Purdue service errors, but would not be able to overcome 19 errorless kills from the Boilermakers. Hitting .679, Purdue sealed the set, 25-8 on trio of kills, including two from Newton and one from sophomore Jael Johnson.
The Boilermakers return to the court with a 7:30 p.m. ET match against Murray State.