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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 15 Purdue (21-8, 11-7 B1G) dropped its final road match of the regular season to Michigan (19-11, 9-9 B1G) in four sets (25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 22-25). The Boilermakers were out-performed in every statistical category other than service aces in which Purdue aced the Wolverines seven times to their one.
Sherridan Atkinson continued to compete at an elite level as she registered 20 kills with a .302 hitting percentage while finishing an ace, four blocks and a dig away from a double-double. Danielle Cuttino registered 12 kills with six blocks while freshman Caitlyn Newton earned 10 kills with a .250 hitting percentage on the outside. Shavona Cuttino added six kills to go along with her five blocks.
Ashley Evans set the offense to 47 assists to complement her five kills, five digs, a block and a pair of service aces. Brooke Peters and Jena Otec also contributed a pair of aces each as Peters led the defense with 15 digs. Otec added six digs while Azariah Stahl was the only other Boilermakers to join Peters with double-figure digs as she finished with 10 to go along with her four blocks.
The match was a tight one from the start as it saw 30 tie scores and 13 lead changes and both teams didn't side out more than 60-percent of the time. Purdue gave itself a chance to win each of the three sets it lost as well as the second set was tied at 22, the Boilermakers led the third set 22-20, and Purdue was within one of the Wolverines in the fourth set as it trailed 23-22.
Purdue gets a shot at redemption against the Wolverines Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Et at Holloway Gymnasium. The match is Purdue's last contest prior to the regular season finale against Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, on Belin Court.