Women's Volleyball Downs Toledo in Three

Krupa points Boilers back on winning track.

September 19, 1998

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue volleyball team got back on the winning track with a 15-10, 15-9, 15-6 victory over Toledo before 1,338 fans in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility tonight. The win improves the Boilers' record to 6-3, while the Rockets fall to 1-7.

"It's great to get another win before we start conference play," Purdue coach Joey Vrazel said. "We came out determined and fought through everything. We competed well, and we will have to continue to do that in the Big Ten."

Purdue used strong serving to score the first three points of Game 1, but Toledo blocked its way back to overtake the lead at 5-4. Three more Rocket points followed a Boiler timeout, stretching Toledo's edge to 8-4. That's when Sarah Emke and Bev Krupa took over for Purdue. A block and a kill by Emke brought the Boilers to within one at 7-8, then two consecutive kills by Krupa put Purdue ahead 10-8. The Boilers ran the lead to 13-8 before Toledo could respond with a sideout and two points. But the Rockets could get no closer, as Purdue scored on a kill by Krupa and a block by Colleen Henican and Jennie Williams to pull out the 15-10 win.

A kill by Krupa for a sideout, four straight Rocket errors and another assisted block by Henican and Williams allowed the Boilers to jump out to a 5-0 lead in Game 2. Toledo finally got on the board and closed the gap to three at 6-3. But a kill by reserve Maegan Petersen keyed a 4-0 Boiler run to put the Old Gold and Black on top at 10-3. A block by Williams and Taryn Catlin gave Purdue a 12-4 advantage and the Boilers held on from there, emerging with a 15-9 victory.

The Rockets took a 5-4 lead in Game 3, but it was short-lived. The Boilers, behind spirited play by substitutes Amy Schweitzer and Christy Case, along with solid serving and defense by Petersen, went on a 7-0 run to go up 11-5. The Rockets got back on the board to get within five at 11-6. But four straight errors sealed Toledo's fate and gave Purdue the 15-6 win.

"We were real motivated not to repeat the mistakes we've made in the past," Emke said. "We came out hard, kept focused and never gave up."

Neither the Boilers nor Rockets hit particularly well (.149 and -.051, respectively), but Purdue held the edge in blocks with a team total of eight.

"We blocked better tonight than we have in awhile," Vrazel said. "If we continue to make a commitment to that, we will keep getting more and more successful."

Leading the Boilers once again was Krupa. The senior outside hitter tallied 11 kills on a .348 hitting percentage (11-3-23). This marks the eighth time in nine matches that Krupa has led Purdue offensively. Emke recorded four blocks on the night, while Catlin posted a team-best 10 digs. But the unsung heroes for Purdue were rookies Case, Petersen and Schweitzer. Despite not contributing dazzling numbers, the trio provided a spark that infused the Boiler side and prodded them to victory.

"Our freshmen really stepped up," Vrazel said. "They played with a lot of confidence and fire. We owe a great deal of this victory to them."

Purdue has less than a week to prepare for the meat of its schedule. The Boilers begin Big Ten play on the road when they travel to Michigan and Michigan State on Sept. 25 and 26, respectively.