- #16 Purdue def. Miami (OH), 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-19)
- Purdue improves to 9-1; Miami (OH) drops to 7-5
- West Lafayette, IN
- Attendance: 2089
- Box score
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In the opening match of the Stacey Clark Classic, #16 Purdue went the defensive route in holding Miami to hitting .119 and winning the match in a sweep. Prior to the match, Purdue was leading all of NCAA Division I with a .354 hitting percentage, but their defense, with four players scooping double digit digs, won them the match and frustrated the upstart Redhawks.
Opposite Sherridan Atkinson led all attackers with 12 kills and hit .308 on the night. Libero Brooke Peters led a group of four defenders with double digit digs by having 14 of her own. Senior setter Ashley Evans had 36 assists, 11 digs, 4 kills, 2 aces and a block to fill up the stat sheet.
The Boilermakers conclude the Stacey Clark Classic and their non-conference slate with a Sunday afternoon match against Loyola (Chicago).
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 15 Purdue (9-1) kicked off the Stacey Clark Classic with its seventh sweep of the season to defeat Miami (Ohio) (7-5) 25-21, 25-16, 25-19. The Boilermakers were locked in defensively as four players finished with 10 or more digs to hold the RedHawks to a .119 hitting percentage.
Brooke Peters continues to thrive in her role as the team’s libero as she led the Boilermakers’ defensive effort with 14 digs to accompany her two service aces. The match is the Avon, Indiana, native’s fifth-straight contest and eighth match of the season with 10 digs or more. Seniors Carissa Damler, Ashley Evans and Azariah Stahl bolstered the defense with 10-plus dig performances of their own. Damler earned a season-best 11 digs with Evans matching her to earn her third double-double of 2017. Stahl was just three kills shy of a double-double as she hit .294 with seven kills, an ace and 10 digs.
Evans set the offense to 36 of its 45 kills while also acing the RedHawks twice. Sherridan Atkinson bounced back after a slow start to lead Purdue with 12 kills on 26 attempts and hit .308 on the evening. Blake Mohler was the most efficient offensive option for the Boilermakers as she hit .316 to earn nine kills. Caitlyn Newton was good for five kills on 15 swings off the bench with just one error giving her a .267 hitting percentage. Shavona Cuttino led Purdue with four blocks while her sister Danielle Cuttino dropped eight kills on 19 swings.
The Boilermakers conclude the Stacey Clark Classic and non-conference play Sunday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. ET in Holloway Gymnasium against Loyola (Chicago).
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Miami University volleyball team dropped a 0-3 (20-25, 16-25, 19-25) decision to 15th-ranked Purdue to open the Stacey Clark Classic on Friday. The RedHawks fall to 7-5 on the season, while the Boilermakers improve to 9-1.
“Our passing and serving was not up to par tonight and Purdue’s high-powered offense was impressive,” said head coach Carolyn Condit.
Senior outside hitter Olivia Rusek led Miami with eight kills, while senior right side hitter Katie Tomasic finished with seven. Senior libero Maeve McDonald led the way with 15 digs, while redshirt junior setter Mackenzie Zielinski finished with 17 assists.
Junior outside hitter Stela Kukoc recorded an early kill, but Purdue built a 6-3 lead to begin set one. The RedHawks held tough, trading side outs with the Boilermakers as senior right side hitter Katie Coverdale and Rusek each had kills. Purdue went on a 7-2 run to create its largest lead at 18-11. The Red and White answered with a Kukoc service ace, a block by sophomore middle hitter Haley Stewart and Rusek and kills from Tomasic and Coverdale as part of a 7-4 run that closed the deficit to four at 17-21. Facing set point at 18-24, Miami fought it off twice with a kill from sophomore middle hitter Margaret Payne and a Boilermaker attack error, but Purdue scored next to take a 25-20 win.
Rusek had two kills, while Tomasic had one as the teams played to a 4-4 tie to begin set two. The Boilermakers followed with a 7-1 run to take control at 12-7. Rusek and Kukoc each had kills as the RedHawks scored four straight to pull within one. A 10-3 answer from Purdue put the score out of reach at 22-14. Senior right side hitter Courtney Bemis had two kills, but the Boilermakers were able to finish off a 25-16 victory.
It did not start well for the RedHawks in set three as Purdue built an 8-2 lead and forced an early timeout. The Boilermakers scored next out of the break to make it 9-2, but Miami began to fight back. It started with back-to-back kills from Tomasic. Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Daignault had a kill and service ace, while Payne recorded two blocks as part of an impressive 8-3 run that cut the deficit to two at 10-12. Purdue pushed the advantage back to four, but Rusek and Bemis each had kills as the `Hawks close to within 16-18. That was as close as Miami could get, as the Boilermakers finished with a 7-3 run to take the set 25-19 and win the match in three sets.
The RedHawks will complete play at the Stacey Clark Classic when they take on Loyola (Chi.) on Saturday at 3 p.m.