LAWRENCE, Kan. - No. 17 Purdue (8-1) made quick work of Belmont (5-6) in its final match of the Kansas Invite, defeating the Bruins 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-19). Purdue finishes second in the tournament with No. 9 Creighton's sweep of No. 7 Kansas. The three ranked teams each finished 2-1 on the weekend with Danielle Cuttino and Azariah Stahl earning nods to the all-tournament team.
The Boilermakers stepped up defensively against a complex offense as they out-blocked the Bruins 9.5-to-2 and held them to a .011 hitting percentage. Brooke Peters led the defensive effort with her fourth-straight 10-plus dig effort and her second-consecutive match without a service reception. She now has been aced just once in the last six contests in which she was served 87 times. Peters earned 11 digs to give her 42 on the weekend. Jena Otec and Carissa Damler added seven and six digs respectively.
Danielle and Shavona Cuttino led Purdue's blocking efforts as they each earned four blocks with Sherridan Atkinson and Blake Mohler tallying three blocks each.
Ashley Evans orchestrated the offense to a .271 hitting percentage, assisting on 30 of Purdue's 36 kills to go along with her six digs. Danielle Cuttino led the offensive output with 10 kills on 22 swings and just two errors for a .364 hitting percentage. Stahl was also very efficient in her attack with eight kills and just one error on 19 attempts, earning her a .368 hitting percentage. Atkinson found the floor eight times on 20 tries.
After two weekends of competition away from West Lafayette, the Boilermakers are set to come home to Holloway Gymnasium for matchups against Miami (Ohio) and Loyola (Chicago) on Sept. 15 and 17.