Meeting The Challenge

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Sam Mader put up 42 kills in Purdue six matches at the Chicago Spring Challenge on Saturday. The Boilermakers continue their spring season at Nebraska on Saturday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Sophomore Sam Mader put up 42 kills in Purdue six matches at the Chicago Spring Challenge on Saturday. The Boilermakers continue their spring season at Nebraska on Saturday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 4, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue volleyball team posted a 5-1 record at the Chicago Spring Challenge last weekend to begin spring play. The Boilermakers downed Northern Illinois, Valparaiso, Illinois-Chicago, Bradley and Dayton, while falling to Iowa State.

The team kicked off its day with a 30-28, 25-18 win over NIU. Sophomore Lizzie Jacques (Winfield, Ill.) and sophomore Sam Mader (Algonquin, Ill.) led Purdue with six kills each, while freshman Danita Merlau added five. Sophomore Annie Mastandrea (Downers Grove, Ill.) and freshman Kelli Miller (Muncie, Ind.) each pulled up nine digs, while junior Brittany Dildine (Lafayette, Ind.) tallied eight. Miller also served up five aces, while redshirt freshman Meghan McCormick posted three perfect serves.

The Boilermakers then topped in-state foe Valparaiso 25-15, 25-11. Merlau tallied a team-best six kills, while Jacques and Mader followed with five each. Mastandrea and Miller led the defense with six and five digs respectively. Dildine led Purdue from the service line with five aces, while Miller added three.

Purdue suffered its lone set back of the day in the last match of the morning session, dropping a close 25-21, 25-22 decision to Iowa State. Merlau tallied nine kills, followed by Jacques and Mader with seven. Miller pulled up 13 digs and McCormick added two aces in the loss.

After a lunch break, the Boilermakers racked up three more wins against UIC, Bradley and Dayton.

Mader led the team to a 25-13, 25-20 win over UIC with a team-best nine kills. Merlau and Miller tallied six kills each, while Dildine added five. Mastandrea registered seven digs as eight different Boilermakers got in on the defensive action. Purdue also served up seven aces, including three by Miller.

Purdue then topped Bradley 25-20, 25-15 again behind the hand of Mader, who posted seven kills. Seven different Boilermakers accounted for offensive points for the team. Miller recorded nine digs and Dildine followed with seven. Six different players served up aces led by Miller's three.

The Boilermakers then ended their stay in Chicago with a 25-18, 25-20 win over Dayton. Mader led the team with eight kills, while Dildine tallied five. Miller (Muncie, Ind.) led the defense with 15 digs, while redshirt junior Lindsay Shondell (Muncie, Ind.) served up three aces.

Purdue continues its spring tournament schedule with a single match against Nebraska in Lincoln on Saturday. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. (CST).