Women's Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker at Ohio State

October 31, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Purdue volleyball team dropped a 13-15, 15-10, 15-17, 5-15 decision to Ohio State in St. John Arena tonight. The loss drops the Boilers to 11-10 (5-7 Big Ten), while the Buckeyes improve to 11-10 (4-8 Big Ten).

This is a disappointing loss because we wanted to get a split out of this weekend, Purdue coach Joey Vrazel said. We played well but it wasnt enough.

Neither team could find its groove early in Game 1, as the Boilers and Buckeyes traded three leads and were tied on five occasions just over one-third of the way into the contest. Purdue took an 8-6 lead, its biggest of the game, but Ohio State capitalized on two Boilermaker errors to knot the score at 8-all. The Buckeyes went up by two at 11-9, but the Boilers reclaimed the lead at 12-11 on a service ace by Bev Krupa. The score was deadlocked at 12 and 13, as well, but Ohio State managed to gain a modicum of control and escaped with a 15-13 victory. That two-point margin tied the Buckeyes largest lead of the game.

Purdue held a 3-0 advantage and was up by three again at 5-2 in Game 2 before the Buckeyes responded with three unanswered points to knot the score at 5-apiece. Following a Boiler timeout, Ohio State grabbed its first lead of the game at 6-5. But that lead was short-lived, as a block by Aneska Arosarena and a kill by Krupa put the Boilers back up by 8-7. Purdue continued to press and went ahead 12-7. That cushion was all the Boilers would need, as Taryn Catlin finished off the game with a perfectly placed dump kill to give Purdue the 15-10 win.

The Boilers jumped out to a 6-3 lead in Game 3, but Ohio State went on an 8-2 run to overtake the edge at 11-8. A kill by Krupa, however, prompted a 3-0 Purdue run, which helped the Boilers tie the score at 11-all. The score was knotted at 12, 13, 14 and 15, as well, but two Purdue hitting errors down the stretch allowed the Buckeyes to grab the 17-15 win.

Ohio State took its largest lead of the match to start off Game 2, going ahead 5-0 before Purdue could get on the board. The Boilers chipped away to draw within three at 6-3, but they would get no closer, as the Buckeyes finished the game on a 9-2 run to win the game and match.

Krupa finished with a career-high 26 kills for the Boilers, but it was Ohio States Rosie Snow who led all players with a career-best 36. Buckeye Dana Stearns recorded a career-high 24 kills. The Buckeyes outhit Purdue .247 to .192, and also outdug and outblocked the Boilers.

The Boilermakers continue their road swing with matches at Northwestern and Indiana on Nov. 6 and 7, respectively. Purdue defeated both the Wildcats and Hoosiers earlier this season in West Lafayette.




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