November 8, 1998
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A record-setting performance from Bev Krupa could not help the Purdue volleyball team against Indiana, as the Boilers fell 9-15, 15-12, 15-7, 5-15, 11-15 in Bloomington tonight. Krupa broke the school record for kills with 38, but the Hoosiers Ryann Connors broke the Indiana school record in the same category with 35. The loss drops Purdue to 11-12 (5-9 Big Ten), while the Hoosiers improve to 14-9 (7-7 Big Ten).
Indiana stormed out to a 5-0 lead in Game 1, but inspired play by Sarah Emke helped Purdue take the edge over at 8-6. The Hoosiers responded, however, scoring seven unanswered points to go up 13-8. The Boilers saved one game point, but Indiana managed to pull out the 15-9 victory.
Purdue grabbed a 4-2 lead in Game 2, but Indiana reeled off five straight points to go ahead 7-4. The Boilers came back, though, reclaiming the lead at 9-8 on a Hoosier error. Purdue went up 11-9, but the pesky Hoosiers knotted the score at 11 apiece. But just when Indiana appeared to have seized the momentum, a great overpass dig by Jennie Williams that resulted in a kill lifted Purdue up by two at 13-11. A kill by Emke brought the Boilers to game point, and a kill by Williams gave Purdue the 15-12 win.
Solid blocking and hitting by the Boilers helped Purdue race out to an 8-2 advantage in Game 3. Purdue poured it on, stretching the lead to seven at 11-4. The Boilers were serving at game point with a 14-4 lead, but squandered four of those opportunities while the Hoosiers lessened the margin to seven again at 14-7. But on their fifth game point chance, the Boilers capitalized on an Indiana error to emerge with the 15-7 victory.
Purdue led 3-1 in Game 4 before Indiana overtook the advantage at 4-3. The score was knotted at 5-all, but the Hoosiers rattled off the games next four points to go up 9-5. Those five points would be all the Boilers could muster, as Indiana closed out the game with six more unanswered points for the 15-5 win.
It was nip-and-tuck early in the rally-scoring fifth game, as Purdue and Indiana battled to a 6-6 tie. But the Hoosiers heated up and grabbed a 10-6 lead, forcing the Boilers to spend a timeout. Indiana did not let up after that break, going up five before Purdue could put an offensive attack together. The Boilers, who saved two match points and closed the gap to three at 14-11, could not deny Jen Magelssens final attempt, which lifted Indiana to the 15-11 victory.
Purdue hit well at .311, but Indiana was just a bit better at .339. The Hoosiers outdug the Boilers by a considerable margin, though, with 85 compared to 67 for Purdue. Purdue outblocked Indiana 12-10 with a season-high eight solo blocks.
Krupa paced Purdue in kills, breaking the school standard of 34 set by teammate Aneska Arosarena in a win over Minnesota on Oct. 23. Emke contributed 22 kills and six blocks. Arosarena finished with 14 kills as Purdues only other double-figure kill performer. Taryn Catlin, Purdues setter, tallied a career-high 79 assists.
Indiana, meanwhile, boasted six players with double figures in kills, with their setter, Kristina Sanderson, giving out a school-record 93 assists.
Purdue resumes conference action with a four-match home stretch beginning Nov. 12 when it hosts Michigan State in the IAF. The Boilers will face Michigan on Nov. 14. Both matches will begin at 7:30 p.m.