October 16, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue volleyball team won its third straight match in the Big Ten, defeating Iowa 15-8, 1-15, 15-8, 15-11 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win improves the Boilers record to 10-6 overall, 4-3 in the conference. Iowa drops to 6-10 and 0-7. This was the Hawkeyes 17th-straight loss in Big Ten play, dating to the 1997 season. The win by Purdue marks the first time the Boilers have won in Iowa City since 1995, and the first time the Old Gold and Black has won three straight conference matches since 1993.
"I am real proud of this team," Purdue coach Joey Vrazel said. "We had a lot of people come off the bench and do nice things for us. And we were able to adjust to what Iowa threw at us. We are very pleased that we could stable out and pull off the win."
Two solo blocks by Kelly Colangelo gave the Boilermakers a 4-0 lead in Game 1. More strong blocking helped Purdue push that lead to 10-0, forcing the Hawkeyes to use their second and final timeout of the game. Consecutive service aces by Sarah Emke put the Boilers in charge at 13-0. But Iowa answered, however, saving two game points while rattling off eight straight points of its own to draw within six at 14-8. In all, the Hawkeyes saved seven game points, but Bev Krupa made good on the eighth for the Boilers, serving up an ace for a 15-8 victory.
Despite dropping Game 1, Iowa seized the momentum of the match and jumped out to a 4-1 lead in Game 2. Following a Purdue timeout, the Hawkeyes scored five more in a row to go ahead 9-1. Another Boiler timeout did nothing to halt the Hawkeye charge, though, as Iowa went on another five-point run to go up 14-1. Purdue was able to save three game points, but a Boiler error gave Iowa a 15-1 win.
"Their serving burned us in Game 2," Vrazel said. "They were able to take the momentum. But we really used the break between Games 1 and 2 to regroup.
The momentum was up for grabs in Game 3, as both teams scraped and clawed, neither able to build a substantial lead."
The Hawkeyes made the first move, however, going up 8-5 before Purdue responded to knot the score at 8-all. Two kills by Krupa, an Iowa error and a kill by Maegan Petersen lifted Purdue into a four-point lead at 12-8. The Boilers went up 14-8 and capitalized on an Iowa error on game point No. 2 to take another 15-8 victory.
Purdue took a 3-0 lead in Game 4, but Iowa quickly erased that deficit by scoring the games next four points. The Boilers answered, however, scoring five in a row to go up 8-4. A Hawkeye timeout helped their cause, though, as Iowa closed the gap to two at 8-6 and 9-7. But Purdue regained control, scoring three straight to build a five-point advantage at 12-7. That cushion was all Purdue need, as a service ace by Kelly Colangelo gave Purdue the 15-11 game win and match victory.
Emke paced Purdue with 14 kills, while Catlin added 11 digs. Colangelo and Connie Paul both contributed five blocks. As a team, the Boilers hit .225 for the match, while the Hawkeyes hit .214. Katie Panhorst led Iowa with 18 kills.
Purdue has just one night to celebrate. The Boiler play at No. 6 Wisconsin tomorrow, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. The Badgers defeated Illinois 16-14, 15-10, 15-8 in Madison tonight.
"Were going after Wisconsin tomorrow night," Vrazel said. "We're totally pleased with tonight's effort and were moving. Wisconsin is really balanced, but we're anxious to play them."