November 6, 1998
EVANSTON, Ill. - A career-high 27 kills by Bev Krupa was not enough to help the Purdue volleyball team against Northwestern, as the Boilers fell 5-15, 15-7, 13-15, 13-15 at the hands of the Widcats in Welsh-Ryan Arena tonight. The loss drops the Boilers to 11-11 (5-8 Big Ten), while the Wildcats improve to 14-11 (4-9 Big Ten). With this victory, the Wildcats avenged a three-game loss to Purdue in West Lafayette on Oct. 10.
Purdue went up 3-1 in Game 1, but Northwestern went on a 6-1 run to take a 7-4 lead before the Boilers used their first timeout. Unfortunately, that break did not benefit the Boilers, who wound up on the wrong side of a 4-1 run following the respite. After Purdue,s last timeout, The Wildcats kept surging, scoring four unanswered points for the 15-5 win.
The Boilers responded well in Game 2, though, drawing fire from a kill by Connie Paul that landed square on the face of Northwestern,s Jessica Holloway. That kill by Paul helped swing the momentum in Purdue,s favor, as it prompted an 8-0 Boiler run. Purdue held an eight-point edge at 13-5, as well, a cushion that proved to be big enough for the Boilers, who were able to finish off the game with a 15-7 victory.
Purdue and Northwestern traded eight sideouts before the Wildcats registered Game 3's first four points consecutively. The Boilers came back to tie things up at 5-all, but Northwestern reeled off three straight points to go ahead 8-5. The Purple lead was stretched to five at 12-7 before the Boilers capitalized on four Wildcat errors to come within one at 12-11. The margin was one again at 13-12 and 14-13. But despite saving four game points, the Boilers would never capture the lead and surrendered the game 15-13.
Northwestern jumped out to an 8-1 lead in Game 4, forcing the Boilers to use both timeouts early. Purdue, down 7-12, rallied to draw within one at 14-13 while refusing another five game points. But just as in Game 3, the Wildcats found success on the sixth game point and escaped with the 15-13 win.
Purdue outhit, outdug and outblocked Northwestern, but the Wildcats posted eight service aces compared to the Boilers, six. Purdue hit just .040 (14-12-50) in Game 4. Carmen Burbach paced Northwestern with 18 kills.
Purdue plays at intrastate rival Indiana tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Boilers defeated the Hoosiers on Oct. 9 in five games to win the Monon Spike. Indiana upset 15th-ranked Illinois in four games tonight.