September 10, 1999
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Purdue volleyball team picked up its third
victory of the young season with a 15-8, 15-4, 4-15, 15-12 decision
against Xavier in its first match of the Northern Arizona Fiesta Bowl
Tournament on Sept. 10. The Boilermakers, now 3-1, handed the Musketeers
(5-1) their first loss of the year.
“We played with a lot of confidence, especially at the beginning of the
match,” first-year Purdue head coach Jeff Hulsmeyer said. “Getting
behind in Game 3 shook our confidence, but I was proud of the way we
held our composure and fought back.”
Purdue’s victorious effort was led offensively by Aneska Arosarena and
defensively by Julie Doud. Both contributed double-doubles, with
Arosarena recording a match-high 20 kills on a .368 hitting percentage
(20-4-47) and Doud tallying a career-high 13 digs. Arosarena added 13
digs to complement Doud’s 10 kills. Connie Paul and Sarah Emke also
reached double figures in kills with 11 apiece.
But it was a team effort that helped the Boilers score the win and get
back on the winning track.. Purdue outhit Xavier .234 to .134 and
outblocked it 12 to 8.
The Boilermakers picked away at the Musketeers in Game 1. They scored
their first point on a kill by Arosarena and quickly went up 4-1. Purdue
went up by three again at 6-3, 7-4 and 8-5, at which point Xavier used a
timeout. But the break did not slow the Boilermakers down. Continuing to
control the momentum throughout the game, Purdue never let the
Musketeers get closer than six, and exited with a 15-8 victory.
After trading eight sideouts to begin Game 2, Purdue got on the board
first on a kill by Maegan Petersen. The Boilers methodically built their
advantage to four at 7-3, prompting Xavier into spending another
timeout. Again it failed. And Purdue picked up more steam, scoring eight
unanswered points, including the last five consecutively on Doud’s
serve, to win 15-4.
The Musketeers came out re-energized in Game 3, storming out of the
gates to build a 7-0 lead. Two straight service aces tacked onto that
put Xavier ahead by nine and forced Hulsmeyer to call a timeout.
Purdue responded by getting on the board with a Paul kill, then drew to
within eight at 12-4. But the Musketeers kept the Boilers at bay,
holding them scoreless the rest of the way for a 15-4 win.
Purdue turned the tables to start off Game 4, reeling off four points
in a row to begin the contest. Xavier fought back to close the margin to
two at 5-3, but kills by Arosarena and Paul pushed the Purdue lead back
to four at 7-3. The Boilers saw that lead slip away when Xavier went
ahead 8-7. But Purdue reclaimed it moments later at 9-8 and held on for
a 15-12 victory.
The four-game win helped the Boilers get back on track after dropping
the title match in last weekend’s season-opening Mortar Board Purdue
Premier to Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
“The team was excited and anxious to get back onto the court after last
weekend,” Hulsmeyer said. “It is good that they were able to
re-establish that winning feeling.”
Hulsmeyer and the rest of the Boilers hopes those feelings carry over
to the second and final day of competition in the Fiesta Bowl
Tournament. They play UC Irvine and Northern Arizona on Sept. 11.
“The main thing for us to be successful is taking care of the ball on
our side of the net,” Hulsmeyer said. “When we pass we are formidable.
And we need to be a lot more disciplined on our block because that is
our first line of defense.”
Purdue’s match against the Anteaters will get underway at 10 a.m. MST
(12 noon EST), while its match against the host Lumberjacks is slated
for a 7:30 p.m. MST start.