#16 Purdue Dispatches Loyola (Chicago) To Win The Stacey Clark Classic

  0 Kyp Harasymowycz | September 17th, 2017 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News


  • #16 Purdue def. Loyola (Chicago), 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-11)
  • Purdue improves to 10-1; Loyola drops to 1-10
  • West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Attendance: 1871
  • Box score

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In a match that saw 13 Boilermakers play in at least two sets, #16 Purdue quickly defeated Loyola (Chicago) in straight sets. Purdue, owning the highest hitting percentage as a team in the country, continued that trend hitting .443 against the Ramblers with an impressive attack line (44-9-79).

Senior outside hitter and all-tournament honoree Azariah Stahl led all attackers with 13 kills without an error hitting .722 on the night. Other major contributors included senior outside hitter Danielle Cuttino (9-0-15), junior libero and all-tournament honoree Brooke Peters (12 digs and 5 aces), and senior setter Ashley Evans (29 assists, 5 digs, 2 kills, 1 ace, 1 block). Evans also earned the all-tournament MVP nod.

PRESS RELEASE, courtesy of Purdue Athletics

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 15 Boilermakers (10-1) were crowned champions of the second annual Stacey Clark Classic after a sweep (25-13, 25-17, 25-11) against Loyola (Chicago) (1-10) in Holloway Gymnasium. Azariah Stahl and Brooke Peters earned selections to the all-tournament team with Ashley Evans earning the nod as the tournament’s MVP.

Peters put together another stellar performance at libero for Purdue as she registered 12 digs and five service aces in the contest. She aced the Ramblers four times in the third set, three of which came in a 9-0 run to lift the Boilermakers to a 10-1 advantage. The 12-dig effort is her sixth-straight performance and ninth match of the season with 10 or more digs. Altogether, she finishes the weekend with 26 digs and seven aces over the course of six sets to lead a back row that held opponents to a .135 hitting percentage.

Stahl and Danielle Cuttino led the Boilermakers on the pins, combining for 22 kills on 33 errorless swings. Together, the pair of outside hitters registered a .667 hitting percentage to fuel Purdue’s .443 hitting percentage on the afternoon. Stahl hit .722 with 13 kills on 18 swings along with six digs while Cuttino hit .600 with nine kills on 15 attempts. Caitlyn Newton and Sherridan Atkinsoncombined for 13 kills as well with Atkinson also earning a pair of service aces. Evans set the offense on 29 of its 44 kills and matched Carissa Damler with five digs.

The Boilermakers shift their focus to its first Big Ten matchup of the 2017 season Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. ET in Holloway Gymnasium. Purdue will host a Northwestern (10-2) team that is coming off a 3-0 loss to VCU after it had won nine-straight matches. Its only other loss is a five-setter to LSU back in its first tournament of the season.

PRESS RELEASE, courtesy of Loyola (Chicago) athletics

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (September 17, 2017)

In Short
Elle Van Grinsven tallied a team-high six kills, but No. 15 Purdue (10-1) hit a blistering .443 (44-9-79) to knock off Loyola University Chicago, 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 in the final match of the Stacey Clark Classic this afternoon at Holloway Gymnasium. The Ramblers slip to 1-10 on the season with the loss.

How It Happened
Purdue darted out to a 10-3 lead in the opening set and never looked back en route to a 25-13 victory. The Boilermakers hit a sizzling .609 (16-2-23) in the set to earn the win.

After falling behind 18-8 in the second set, Loyola made an impressive comeback, as Gabi Maciagowski ignited a 5-0 run with a kill. That spurt brought the Ramblers within 18-13, but they would get no closer than five points the remainder of the set.

The Boilermakers removed all doubt in set three, sprinting out to a 10-1 lead and Loyola was unable to get any closer than eight points the rest of the way as Purdue collected a 25-11 victory.

A Look At The Numbers

  • Maciagowski and Olivia Whittingham recorded five kills apiece to support the Rambler attack.
  • Azariah Stahl led the Boilermakers with 13 kills and finished with a .722 (13-0-18) hitting percentage.

Up Next
Loyola raises the curtain on Missouri Valley Conference play on Friday (Sept. 22) when it hosts Drake at 7 p.m.



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