October 17, 1998
MADISON, Wis. - The Purdue volleyball team saw its three-match win streak come to an end with a 5-15, 0-15, 13-15 loss at sixth-ranked Wisconsin tonight. The loss drops the Boilers to 10-7 overall and evens their Big Ten record at 4-4. The Badgers improve to 17-2 and 7-1 in the conference.
Wisconsin jumped out to a 6-2 lead in Game 1, but Purdue responded to draw within one at 6-5. The Badgers did not fold, however, scoring the games next four points to go ahead 10-5. The Boilers took a timeout at that point but it could not stop the Badger offense, as Wisconsin put together another run, this one of five points, to take the game 15-5.
Purdue found itself down 0-4 in Game 2 before taking a timeout. Once again, that break did not seem to help the Boiler cause, as the Badgers scored four more to go up 8-0. Another Purdue timeout, its second and final of the game, could not slow down Wisconsin, as the Badgers rolled off seven unanswered points for a 15-0 win.
Wisconsin lost no momentum during the breaks between Games 2 and 3. The Badgers stormed out to a 6-1 lead in the third game, then widened that gap to eight before Christy Case and Colleen Henican teamed up for a block to get the Boilers on board again. That block was the beginning of a six-point run for Purdue, bringing the Boilers to within two at 7-9 and forcing a Wisconsin timeout. A kill by Krupa and a Badger error knotted the score at 9-all, and both teams were deadlocked at 10, as well. Thats when Purdue capitalized on another Wisconsin error to take its first lead of the match at 11-10. Case provided a kill and a block assist with Sarah Emke to help stretch the Boiler lead to 13-10. But the Badgers used a timeout to refocus and reeled off the games final five points to win 15-13.
Wisconsin hit at an impressive .354 clip for the match, while holding Purdue to a meager .011. Bev Krupa paced the Boilers with eight kills, while Taryn Catlin contributed eight digs to lead Purdue defensively. Kelly Kennedy led the Badgers with 11 kills and four blocks.
The Boilermakers will host Illinois, currently ranked 18th in the nation, Oct. 21 in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility at 7:30 p.m.