October 10, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Make it three in a row for the Purdue volleyball team, as the Boilers knocked off 24th-ranked Indiana 15-10, 11-15, 11-15, 15-8, 15-13 to claim their third straight Monon Spike match before a crowd of 1,445 in the IAF tonight.
The win improves Purdue to 8-6 (2-3 Big Ten), while the Hoosiers fall to 10-4 (3-2 Big Ten). The victory is the Boilers' 17th in the Monon Spike series, while Indiana has just eight.
"It's a great win for us," Purdue coach Joey Vrazel said. "Indiana is ranked fourth in the district and has been on a roll lately. They are an excellent team. I am proud of the way we stayed in this match. Our bench and staff did a fabulous job."
"Beating IU is an awesome feeling," junior middle blocker Sarah Emke said. "We needed this win anyway, but to beat Indiana makes it even sweeter. We showed a lot of composure and gained a lot of confidence from this win."
The Boilers took a 2-0 lead in Game 1 on a service ace by Connie Paul and a solo block by Sarah Emke., but the Hoosiers answered with a 4-0 run to take the edge at 4-2. Good defense and net play by the Boilers, however, helped Purdue reclaim the advantage at 7-4, forcing Indiana to take a timeout. Six sideouts later, an ace by Emke put the Boilers up by four. The margin was lessened to three at 8-5 and 9-6.
A questionable call favoring Indiana gave the Hoosiers a sideout, which they capitalized on to draw within one at 9-8. But a block by Kelly Colangelo and three kills by Colleen Henican brought the momentum and a buffer back to the Boilers, who went up 12-8 before Indiana used its second and final timeout of the game. An ace by Colangelo and a block by Emke and Taryn Catlin put Purdue on top 14-9 with a chance to serve out the game. But the Hoosiers put up a fight, coming back to within four at 14-10.
Purdue got the serve back, however, and did not squander it. An impressive defensive effort by Henican followed by a monstrous kill by Bev Krupa gave the Boilers the 15-11 win. Purdue stormed out to a 5-0 advantage in Game 2. Then kills by Krupa and Emke pushed the Boiler lead to 8-1. The Hoosiers closed the gap to four at 8-4 and 9-5. Following a Purdue timeout, Indiana cut the lead even further to 9-6. Both teams traded 10 sideouts in search of the game's next point before Indiana would get it on a kill by Cydryce Carter. Two more Hoosier kills knotted the score at 9-all.
The score was again tied at 11-11 before the Hoosiers closed out the match with four consecutive points. The Boilers' 2-0 lead in Game 3 did not survive long, as the Hoosiers scored six unanswered points to go ahead 6-2. The Hoosier lead was 9-3 before the Boilers mounted a serious comeback, scoring five straight points to close the gap to one at 9-8. That was too close for comfort for Indiana, which scored five points in a row to go ahead 14-8.
Despite having their backs up against the wall facing game point, the Boilers rallied to reach 11 while denying the Hoosiers. But Purdue could not keep Indiana down much longer, and the Hoosiers capped off the game with a service ace by Jen Magelssen to go up 2-1 in the match. Purdue owned a 3-0 lead in Game 4 and was ahead 4-1 before the Hoosiers tied things up at 4 apiece. The Boilers retook the lead at 6-5 on consecutive kills by Krupa, then went ahead 8-5 on two Indiana errors. Purdue increased the gap to four at 11-7, prompting the Hoosiers to talk things over with a timeout. The break did not help, as Purdue accepted another Indiana error to go up five. Needing just three points to force a fifth game, the Boilers got just that on a kill by Emke, a Hoosier error and a demonstrative block by Henican to win 15-8.
In Game 5 of rallying scoring, the Hoosiers struck first but Purdue quickly responded to register four straight points. Indiana answered to come within two at 6-4, 7-5 and 8-6, then closed the margin to one at 8-7 when the Boilers called timeout. Indiana scored right out of that break to knot the score at 8-all, and the score was tied again at 9-9 and 10-10 moments later. Kills by Krupa put Purdue on top 12-11 and 13-12, and an unassisted kill by Paul gave Purdue a match-point opportunity at 14-12. Indiana saved that match point, but a kill by Krupa on the ensuing play lifted the Boilers to the 15-13 game win and match victory. Emke led the Boilers with a career-high 24 kills. Krupa added 23 kills, tying a season best, and a career-high 19 digs. Catlin also contributed a career high in digs with 17 and added a season-high 68 assists. Indiana was led by Ryann Connors' 26 kills.
As a team, Indiana outhit Purdue .283 to .255 and outdug the Boilers 79-75. But Purdue succeeded at the net, totaling 11 team blocks to Indiana's nine. Purdue does not have much time to celebrate, as the Boilers host Northwestern tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the IAF. The Wildcats fell at Illinois tonight in four games.
"Northwestern is a tough team and we'll have our hands full with them tomorrow," Vrazel said. "But we've got to finish what we've started."