WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
In its final scrimmage prior to the start of the 2017 season Purdue's Team Black defeated Team Gold in five sets (25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 16-25, 15-12). Team Black featured all of Purdue's returning offensive options and faced a stacked Team Gold that featured four male practice players and a number of the younger Boilermakers on this year's roster.
"Overall it was a good performance," said head coach Dave Shondell. "We played against a pretty good team when put four practice players, three of which are 6-4, 6-5 and 6-6, on the floor and they're playing to win. It was a pretty tough block to score on, it's tough to defend when they're setting their middles the way that they were. I feel like we were a significantly better team than we were a week ago when we played in front of some of our fans."
Seniors, Azariah Stahl and Danielle Cuttino led Team Black with 33 kills between them and a .268 hitting percentage. Stahl finished with 17 kills and seven errors on 36 swings while Cuttino tallied 16 kills on 35 attempts and just seven errors as well. Sherridan Atkinson added nine kills while Blake Mohler finished with a line of seven kills on 16 swings and just two errors. Ashley Evans set the offense to an efficient .258 hitting percentage against a difficult block, was a perfect six-for-six on each of her attempts to put the ball away and registered nine digs. Brooke Peters served as Team Black's libero and led her team with 10 digs.
On the other side of the net, freshman Caitlyn Newton was the primary option on the outside for Team Gold and finished with nine kills on 25 attempts to go along with eight digs and a pair of aces. Team Gold's libero was fellow freshman, Julianna Reisinger who aced the veterans three times while also digging 10 of Team Black's attempts.
Now the Boilermakers shift their focus to one final week of preparation before kicking off the 2017 season in Holloway Gymnasium with the Mortar Board Premier. Purdue is set to host Oral Roberts at 10 a.m. EST and Cleveland State at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday before squaring off with Alabama on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST.