Sept. 8, 2007
CLEMSON, S.C. - Two Boilermaker players earned spots among the Boilermaker elite, reaching the 1,000 milestone in kills and digs respectively. Junior outside hitter Danita Merlau registered her 1,000th putdown and junior outside hitter/defensive specialist Kelli Miller pulled up dig number 1,000 as the Boilermaker volleyball team registered a 3-0 sweep of Florida A&M to begin Day 2 of the Big Orange Bash. Purdue won the match 30-28, 30-23, 30-17.
Junior Stephanie Lynch led the Purdue offense with 16 kills on a .625 hitting effort. Merlau added 14, moving her career total to 1,002, while senior Samantha Mader racked up 12 putdowns. As a team, the Boilermakers hit .372 on the day, while holding the Rattlers to a .193 effort.
Senior Anne Mastandrea led the team defensively with 20 digs, while Miller added 14, boosting her career tally to 1,010. Merlau rounded out a double-double with 11 digs and freshman Jessica Ullrich added 10. At the net, freshman Jaclyn Hart chalked up five blocks, while Mader added four stuffs, including three solo efforts.
In a game that featured 22 ties and 10 lead changes, neither team led by more than two points. The Boilermakers owned a 15-13 advantage midway through after posting a 4-0 run, including kills by Lynch and freshman Kristen Arthurs and a pair of blocks involving Hart. Purdue led 24-23 after a kill by Merlau, but trailed 25-24 moments later. The Boilermakers played from behind from that point until scoring three in a row to go up 29-27. A FAMU block thrwarted Purdue's first chance at the game, but a kill by Mader sealed a 30-28 win. Lynch and Merlau each chalked up six kills in the stanza.
After splitting the first 14 points of Game 2, the Boilermakers rattled off four in a row, including kills by Lynch, Mader and Miller to go up 11-7 and prompt a FAMU timeout. The Rattlers cut the Purdue lead to one, but the Boilermakers responded with an 12-4 run to extend their advantage to eight at 26-18. Hart served up an ace and six different players posted kills during the rally. Putdowns by Hart and Merlau made it 28-19, then a block by Hart and Merlau set up game point at 29-22. A net violation by FAMU two plays later capped the game at 30-23. Miller chalked up six digs in the game, including her 1,000th.
The Boilermakers raced out to a 9-4 lead to start Game 3. The teams split the next six points, before Purdue postd a 6-0 run to increase its lead to 11 at 18-7. Lynch and Mader tallied kills and the team capitalized on three Rattler misues during the stretch. FAMU cut the point margin to eight at 24-16, but could get no closer as Purdue scored six of the next seven points to wrap up the 30-17 victory and the sweep. Lynch added five kills in the game, and Merlau posted three to become the 19th Boilermaker player to reach 1,000 kills.
Purdue (5-3) looks to extend its win streak to three as the team takes on the host Clemson Tigers at 7 p.m.