No. 18 Illini Volleyball Run Past No. 17 Boilermakers in Road Win
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 18 Illinois volleyball team earned its third-straight Big Ten Conference win and second-straight road victory as the Illini defeated No. 17 Purdue, 3-1 (28-30, 25-17, 25-14, 25-21) in Holloway Gymnasium on Sunday (October 6) to sweep their Indiana road swing.
Senior Jacqueline Quade led all players with 20 kills and a career-high 18 digs to register her 18th career double-double, while also notching four service aces and three blocks. Junior Megan Cooney continued her hot streak with a career-high-tying 19 kills on a .333 hitting percentage, with sophomore Mica Allison and senior Ashlyn Fleming each adding nine kills – with Allison’s coming as a career-high mark.
Redshirt-freshman Diana Brown had another strong outing to post her eighth-career double-double with 51 assists and 13 digs to go along with a career-high five blocks.
It was also another strong match at the net, with freshman Kennedy Collins leading the charge with a career-high seven blocks and Fleming adding five stuffs in the win.
Despite dropping the opening set – 30-28 – after making a late-period comeback, the Illini continued their momentum into the second and jumped out to a 6-1 advantage that they would carry to a 25-17 set two win to even the score. From there, the Illini cruised to a 25-14 third set victory after hitting at a .345 clip, before finishing off a back-and-forth set four by breaking a 20-20 tie with a 5-1 run to take the set 25-21 for the 3-1 win.
The Illini return to Huff Hall for a two-match homestand this week as they host No. 7 Minnesota in a Big Ten Network match-up on Wednesday (October 9) at 8 p.m. CT, before facing off against Indiana for the second time in eight days on Saturday (October 12) at 7 p.m. CT.