PNW Volleyball Earns First Win of the Season; Splits Opening Day of Parkside Tournament

KENOSHA, Wis. – Led by a mix of newcomers and returners, the Purdue University Northwest volleyball team picked up its first victory of the season, defeating Minnesota Crookston, 3-1, in its second match of the Parkside Hampton Inn Tournament in Kenosha, Wis. Friday night.

Freshman Jenna Dal Santo led the scoring efforts for the Black and Gold, recording a team-high 15 kills while senior Morgan spencer and freshman Annie Pulizos each tallied 10 kills.

Brooke Ahrens recorded a double-double with a game-high 38 assists and 11 digs while also recording 6 kills.

After Minn. Crookston started the opening set with a 5-0 lead, Purdue Northwest rattled off five straight points before taking a 14-9 lead midway through Set 1. The Pride would carry that momentum for the rest of the set, capped by a kill from Jenna Dal Santo to give the Pride a 25-16 win.

Crookston took a 17-10 lead during the middle of the second set, but the Black and Gold would answer with a run of its own after a kill from Carissa Jones evened the set, 21-21.

The Golden Eagles would eventually come back, scoring the final four points of the set and evening the match at 1-1.

Purdue Northwest came out strong in Set 3, after a trio of kills from Annie Pulizos and a pair of service aces from Christina Dal Santo put the Pride ahead 8-1.

They would keep up its scoring efforts for the remainder of the set, taking a 2-1 advantage after winning the third set, 25-16.

PNW continued to battle through out the fourth and final set, falling early to the Golden Eagles, 12-8, before answering back to even the score at 16-16.

The Pride would eventually take the lead and keep it for the rest of the set, winning 25-21 to give the Black and Gold its first victory of the season.

MATCH 1: Bemidji State 3, PNW 2

After taking two of the first three sets, the Purdue Northwest Pride were unable to close out the Bemidji State Beavers in their opening matchup at the Parkside Tournament. The Pride were led by 18 kills from senior Jenna Pasko, while senior Carissa Jones tallied 11 kills of her own.

The first set saw the Beavers jump out to an early 10-5 lead, but the Pride stormed back and were able to make it 12-12 after a service error from the Beavers.

Both teams would trade points for the rest of the opening set, with Bemidji State jumping out to a 24-21 lead. PNW would battle back to even the score at 24 points apiece before Bemidji recorded the final two points to take the set 26-24.

The Pride dominated the second set, posting a .458 attack percentage and winning by a final of 25-17. The score was tight until the Pride went on a 8-2 run pushing the score out to 21-12. Jenna Pasko closed it out with a kill set up by Brooke Ahrens.

It was another close one in the third set as Bemidji got ahead by as much as four, before the Pride closed the door on an attack error from Julie Touchett that gave the Pride a 26-24 decision. Jenna Del Santo led the way for PNW with four kills and two service aces in the set.

The fourth set saw the Pride keep it close early, before falling 25-17. After falling behind early in the fifth set, PNW mounted a comeback but ultimately fell 15-9 in the decisive fifth set.

The Pride are back in action Saturday, when they face off against Saginaw Valley State at 11 am (CST) followed by a match with Parkside at 5 pm (CST).