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No. 18 Purdue Visits Notre Dame

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 18 Purdue volleyball team travels to South Bend, Ind. for its first road contest of the season Friday, Sept. 6. The Boilermakers and the Irish will go head-to-head at 7 p.m. ET at Purcell Pavilion and the match will be streamed live via ACC Network Extra.

PURDUE VS. NOTRE DAME
Friday, September 6 | 7 p.m. ET
SERIES HISTORY
The Boilermakers are 15-7 all-time against the Irish.  The squads met last season (9/2/18), when then-No.20 Purdue fought off a resilient Notre Dame to win 3-1 at a sold-out Holloway Gymnasium. Blake Mohler and Caitlyn Newton recorded 11 kills each, while Mohler hit a team-best .526 clip. Grace Cleveland rounded out the Purdue attack with 10 kills. Defensively, Shavona Cuttino paced the Boilermakers at the net with five blocks, followed by Mohler with four.

In 2016, the Irish knocked off #24 Purdue in four sets at Purcell Pavilion.

QUICK HITS
– The 2019 season marks the 44th year of Purdue volleyball.
– The Boilermaker roster features a pair of redshirt seniors, two juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen.
– Preseason All-Big Ten selection Blake Mohler returns after a strong junior season. In 2018, Mohler guided Purdue’s defensive efforts at the net with 1.08 stuffs per set, while also sitting sixth in the Big Ten with a team-best 0.358 hitting percentage. Her 140 total blocks rank sixth in the league and 43rd in the NCAA. In conference action, she ranked among the top-15 blockers with 0.95 stuffs per set average and was 10th with a .321 attack clip. A returning starter for Purdue, Mohler also ranked third on the team with 316 kills for a 2.43 kills per set average while adding 46 digs, 10 assists and one service ace on the season.
– The 2019 Purdue volleyball team welcomes six freshmen to Holloway in Maddy ChinnEmma EllisMadeline KochMegan RennerMaddie Schermerhorn and Ava Torrance. Together the incoming group was ranked the 8th-best recruiting class in the nation by PrepVolleyball.
– Purdue opens the year with a pair of victories over Ohio University (3-1) and Ball State (3-0).
– The Boilermakers’ sweep against Ball State marked head coach Dave Shondell’s 350th Purdue victory. Shondell is Purdue’ second volleyball head coach to reach the milestone. He joins Purdue volleyball’s inaugural head coach Carol Dewey, who recorded 469 victories during her time with the Boilermakers.
– Despite having only played two matches, Purdue ranks second among all Big Ten volleyball programs with 15 aces on the year. The Boilermakers follow a Michigan squad that has delivered 28 aces through three matches.
– Earning back-to-back starts at libero, junior Jena Otec guides Purdue’s back court with 30 digs (4.29) per set.
– In her collegiate debut, freshmen Emma Ellis hammered out nine kills on 15 attempts with only one error to record a match-high .533 hitting percentage.

SCOUTING NOTRE DAME
– Notre Dame returns four second-team All-ACC honorees, including Sydney BentCharley NiegoZoe Nunez and Jemma Yeadon, from a squad that went 16-12 overall and 10-4 at the Purcell Pavilion.
– Head coach Mike Johnson enters his second season as head coach of the Irish volleyball program.
– Sophomores Sydney Bent, Charley Niego and Zoe Nunez were each named to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Volleyball Team, the conference announced on August 9. In addition, the Irish were slotted fourth in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.
– Purdue is only one of two Big Ten teams to face Notre Dame in 2019, as the Irish also host Michigan on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The Irish will also visit the Wolverines on Sunday, Sept. 22.
– The Irish enter the weekend 3-1 with wins against La Salle, Bowling Green and Valparaiso and a loss to Wright State.
– Freshman Caroline Meuth and sophomore Lauren Wenzel earned 2019 Golden Dome Invitational All-Tournament Team honors after helping the Irish pick up a pair of victories over the weekend. Through Notre Dame’s first three matches, Meuth leads the team with 61 kills (3.81 kills per set), while Wenzel has recorded 27 kills and 14 block assists.