VB to Finish Regular Season at Holloway
Nov. 21, 2017

Purdue vs. Michigan
Wednesday, Nov. 22 / 7 p.m. ET
Holloway Gymnasium / West Lafayette, Indiana
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Purdue vs. Michigan State
Friday, Nov. 25 / 7 p.m. ET
Holloway Gymnasium / West Lafayette, Indiana
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 16 Purdue (21-8, 11-7 B1G) is set to finish the regular season on its home boards when it hosts Michigan (19-11, 9-9 B1G) and No. 10 Michigan State (20-7, 13-5 B1G) at Holloway Gymnasium. The Wolverines present a shot at redemption while the Spartans are the Boilermakers ninth top-10 opponent of the season.

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Purdue hosts Michigan for round two of its back-to-back matchups with the Wolverines at 7 p.m. ET. Michigan took the first meeting in tightly contested sets on its senior night Saturday. Purdue will honor its seniors following the conclusion of its 7 p.m. match against Michigan State on Friday, Nov. 25.

Purdue owns the NCAA's 16th toughest schedule entering the final two matches of the regular season. The 16th toughest schedule in the nation is good for second in the Big Ten as Wisconsin's schedule ranks fourth. The Boilermakers have faced eight nationally ranked opponents and own a 3-5 record in those matches. Each of the ranked opponents they've faced were ranked in the top 10.

By the season's end, Purdue will be tested by AVCA Top 100 opponents in 22 of its 31 matches. Of those 22 matches against the top 100, 16 of them were against the top 50. Purdue has 12 wins over top 100 opponents and six wins over the top 50 with two matches against top 50 opponents left in the season.

Offensively Purdue's numbers are nearly identical to its opponents in head-to-head competition with top 10 programs -- kills per set (14.23-14.30), hitting percentage (.267-.268), assists per set (13.40-13.60). Purdue's defense has out-performed top-10 opponents this season as the Boilermakers have the edge in digs per set (13.90-13.27) and blocks per set (2.07-1.53).

Notes

  • Purdue slid one spot to No. 16 in this week's AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll and has been ranked in all 14 polls this season. The Boilermakers boast the nation's 25th best RPI.
  • Purdue's total home attendance of 31,100 fans this season ranks 11th in the nation.
  • Purdue is hitting .308 this season and ranks eighth in the country.
  • Ashley Evans is averaging 11.52 assists per set ranking her third in the conference. She ranks third in the Big Ten since conference play began as she is averaging 11.61 assists per set through 18 Big Ten matches. She is the only Boilermaker in program history to register 3,000 assists and 1,000 digs.
  • Danielle Cuttino is hitting .331 this season with a 4.02 kills per set average. Her kills per set average is good for second in the Big Ten and she is second the Big Ten in total kills with 402. Cuttino is averaging 4.08 kills per set in Big Ten play to lead the conference while her 261 kills rank second.
  • Danielle Cuttino is hitting .315, averaging 3.68 kills per set and 1.11 blocks per set since she moved to the middle back on October 20 against Penn State.
  • Brooke Peters continues to improve in her first season as Purdue's libero as she has earned a 3.73 digs per set average in conference play to rank seventh in the league. The average is the second best in the conference among first-year liberos.
  • Since the beginning of Big Ten competition, the Boilermakers have aced opponents 81 times to average 1.27 service aces per set and rank fifth in the league. Azariah Stahl (16), Sherridan Atkinson (14) and Ashley Evans (12) combine for the bulk of Purdue's aces against Big Ten opponents. However, freshman Jena Otec leads Purdue and all freshmen in the conference with 23 service aces in league play.
     

     

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