VB Returns To Holloway Gymnasium
April 17, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue volleyball program concludes its slate of spring contests this weekend in Holloway Gymnasium as it welcomes Ball State, Notre Dame and Indiana to West Lafayette, Indiana for a round robin tournament. Admission is free and each match will consist of two sets to 25 points.

The Boilermakers will begin the day with a contest against Ball State at 12 p.m. ET. The Cardinals struggled in 2016, earning a 13-18 record and a 9-7 record in conference play. Ultimately Ball State fell in the first round of the MAC Tournament to Western Michigan.

Purdue will then face a Notre Dame team at 1:15 p.m. that was well on its way to the NCAA Tournament prior to an injury to its starting setter. The Fighting Irish began the year 18-4 but finished the year on a 4-6 skid following the injury, giving them an impressive 22-10 record and 13-7 record in the ACC in its second season under Jim McLaughlin. In McLaughlin's first season at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish were 7-25 with just two wins in conference, placing them 14th in a 15-team conference. Last year Notre Dame finished sixth.

The Boilermakers handed Notre Dame its second loss of the season as they combined for 17.5 blocks and Danielle Cuttino lit up the Fighting Irish for 22 kills with a .425 hitting percentage in four sets to win 25-21, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16.

The full day of volleyball concludes with a match at 2:45 p.m. against Indiana. The Hoosiers finished 17-16 in 2016 and 6-14 against Big Ten opponents with two of their losses coming against the Boilermakers. Their last meeting resulted in a three-set sweep (25-15, 25-17, 25-18) of the Hoosiers in Mackey Arena in front of 8,240 fans. Altogether, the Boilermakers fired on all cylinders as they hit .517 as a team with 37 kills and just six errors on 60 swings.

Their second meeting in 2016 came in enemy territory as Purdue defeated Indiana 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 25-15, 18-25, 15-7) in Bloomington, Indiana. The victory was Purdue's ninth-consecutive victory over the Hoosiers and lifted head coach Dave Shondell to a 25-3 record all-time against the in-state rival. Three Boilermakers registered 10 or more kills in the contest, all of whom return for Saturday's exhibition match. Cuttino led Purdue with 20 kills and a .350 hitting percentage while Sherridan Atkinson registered 18 kills and Azariah Stahl earned a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs.




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