September 26, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 18th-ranked Michigan State Spartans handed the Purdue volleyball team a 12-15, 7-15, 5-15 loss at Jenison Field House in East Lansing tonight. The Boilers are now 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State improves to 8-2 and 1-1 in the conference.
"This is a disappointing loss because we did not play with very much intensity," Purdue coach Joey Vrazel said. "We made too many errors to put us in a competitive position. Michigan State just outhustled us and played smart volleyball."
Purdue and Michigan State were tied at three apiece in Game 1 before the Spartans jumped out to a 6-3 lead. Michigan State was up by three again at 7-4 when the Boilers made a comeback. A kill by Colleen Henican, an MSU error and a kill by Bev Krupa brought Purdue to within one at 6-7. Michigan State then went on another three-point run to take a 9-6 advantage and then built five-point cushions at 12-7 and 13-8. But the Boilers did not give up. A kill by Kelly Colangelo gave Purdue a sideout and spurred a four-point run to bring the Boilers to within one again at 12-13. Purdue seemed to have swung the momentum in its favor, but a kill by Spartan All-America candidate Jenna Wrobel gave the serve back to Michigan State and ended Purdue,s surge. Having regained the serve, Michigan State capitalized on a couple Boiler errors and took the game 15-12.
The Spartans scored the first three points of Game 2, then poured it on to go ahead 8-1. The Boilers used their second timeout at that point hoping to put a stop to the Green and White deluge. Down 9-1, Purdue fought back to within five at 10-5. But the Spartans allowed the Boilers just two more points down the stretch, as they closed out the game on a 5-2 run to pull out the 15-7 victory.
Purdue used the break between Games 2 and 3 to regroup and began Game 4 with a 2-0 lead. The Boilers went ahead 3-1 moments later, but that lead was short-lived. Both teams were tied at 4-all when the Spartans turned up the intensity. Despite trading numerous sideouts at 4-5 and 5-6, the Boilers could not overcome Michigan State,s offensive firepower and defensive prowess at the net. And those five points would be all Purdue could muster, as the Spartans went on a 9-0 run to finish the game with a 15-5 win.
Krupa led the Boilers with 13 kills, but it was Wrobel's 21 kills that paced all players. As a team, the Spartans outblocked Purdue 17-4. Michigan State hit more precisely than the Boilers, as well, hitting at a .283 clip (62-23-138) compared to Purdue,s .113 (46-31-133).
"We definitely hoped to have put forth more of an effort tonight," Vrazel said. "But we got a split this weekend and we,ll have to build on that." The Boilermakers defeated Michigan in Ann Arbor on Sept. 25 in four-games.
Purdue returns to the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility to face 14th-ranked Ohio State on Oct. 2 and top-ranked Penn State on Oct. 3. Both matches will begin at 7:30 p.m.