Purdue vs. Indiana
Wednesday, Sept. 27 / 7 p.m. ET
Holloway Gymnasium / West Lafayette, Indiana
Boilermaker Athletic Council Tailgate: A Pregame tailgate, with games and free food, will be set-up for all Purdue student-athletes.
Students Pack the House: $2 GA tickets available with a valid Purdue Student I.D.
WINSday: If we win - you win! Show your ticket stub from the game to receive $2 off Rutgers (10/21) or Michigan State (11/24)
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Purdue at Indiana
Saturday, Sept. 30 / 7 p.m. ET
University Gym / Bloomington, Indiana
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Two of the most exciting volleyball matches in the state of Indiana each year will take place this week as No. 19 Purdue (11-2, 1-1 B1G) will square off with Indiana (11-3, 0-2) in back-to-back contests. The Boilermakers will host the Hoosiers on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. ET before defending the Monon Spike in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
"I grew up respecting Indiana and Purdue," said head coach Dave Shondell. "I value the intensity of the rivalry. Playing IU twice in four days will be a challenge and our squad must play with purpose and passion."
Indiana's opening week in Big Ten play indicates that the Hoosiers may struggle to handle one of the nation's best offenses. Illinois and Maryland swept Indiana and combined for a .305 hitting percentage. The Fighting Illini hit .365 in their contest while Maryland hit .375 and .400 in the first two sets of its match before coming out flat in the third to hit .027 with eight kills and seven errors on 37 swings.
Purdue is hitting .341 to rank second in the country while its 13.52 kills per set average is good for best in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation. Fueling the offensive output is Danielle Cuttino who torched Northwestern and Ohio State for 39 kills and a .350 hitting percentage to average 6.50 kills per set in her first week of Big Ten play. She ranks 10th in the conference as an outside hitter with a .377 hitting percentage, owns the third best kills per set average at 4.19 and the ranks second in total kills with 180 on the year.
Two of the nation's top setters will go head-to-head as Ashley Evans averages 11.48 assists per set to rank fifth in the Big Ten and 15th in the nation. She fuels Purdue's overall 13.52 assists per set average that ranks second in the conference and 14th nationally. Indiana's sophomore setter Victoria Brisack has strung together an impressive start to the 2017 season as she ranks second in the conference and sixth in the country with a 11.94 assists per set average. Her 597 assists are the most by any Big Ten student-athlete this season.
Brooke Peters has led a back row that has been impressive thus far as she earned her eighth-straight contest with 10-plus digs against Ohio State and after another weekend of perfect serve receive, she has been aced just twice in the last 135 times she has been served. Indiana has pressured its opposition with its serve this season with Brisack and Samantha Fogg leading the way. Together they combine for 35 aces, earning them a .36 service aces per set average that ranks seventh in the conference. The Hoosiers' overall 1.66 service aces per set rank them third in the Big Ten and their 83 service aces this season are tied for the most in the conference.
In last year's battle for the Monon Spike, Purdue was dominant against Indiana in front of 8,240 fans in Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers hit .517 in the match with 37 kills to sweep the Hoosiers and keep the Monon Spike in West Lafayette, Indiana, for the ninth-straight year.
In 1981, a little incentive was added to the rivalry between Purdue and Indiana with the creation of the Monon Spike. The traveling trophy is presented to the winning team after one of the two annual matches between the two programs. Donna Hardesty and Anne McMenamy, seniors on the 1981 Purdue team, created the trophy idea. They set out to find an object that would be a reminder of the competition on the court, as well as something rich with the tradition of the state of Indiana. They chose the Spike from the Monon Railroad, which originated in Indiana in the late 19th century. As with its sister trophy, the Old Oaken Bucket, a "P" or an "I" link is added to the chain signifying the season's winner. Since the tradition's beginning, The Spike has 30 links that belong to the Boilermakers compared to Indiana's 12.