- Purdue (14-8, 4-7 B1G) takes down No. 13 Michigan (18-4, 7-4 B1G) in four (25-19, 20-17, 25-15, 25-17)
The Boilermakers ran through the Wolverines in four sets, Purdue hit for .297 while holding Michigan to .171.
Danielle Cuttino took charge for the Boilermakers by putting down 19 kills on a .333 hitting percentage. Also hitting double-figures was Sherridan Atkinson with 13 and Faye Adelaja with 12. Setter Ashley Evans dished out 46 assists.
For the Wolverines, Kelly Murphy led with 12 kills and 15 digs for a double-double. While Jenna Lerg picked up a match-best 18 digs.
Courtesy of Purdue Athletics
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers posted their fourth Top 25 win of the season, knocking off No. 13 Michigan in four sets Friday on Dig for a Cure night. Purdue won the match 25-19, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17 for its eighth straight win over the Wolverines.
Junior Danielle Cuttino paced the Boilermakers at the net with 19 kills and five blocks, while hitting at a .333 clip. Redshirt sophomore Sherridan Atkinson (13) and redshirt senior Faye Adelaja (12) also chipped in double-digit tallies and hit over .300 for the night. Adelaja matched Cuttino’s five blocks as well. In the back court, junior Azariah Stahl pulled pup a team-best 14 digs, followed by freshman Natalie Haben (13) and redshirt sophomore Carissa Damler (9). Redshirt junior Ashley Evans served up four aces, while sophomore Brooke Peters added two.
The Boilermakers outhit Michigan .297 to .171 for the match, outserved the Wolverines 7-5 in aces and outblocked them 9-3.
The Boilermakers piled up five blocks got kills from six different players in a 25-19 Set 1 win. Atkinson and Cuttino tallied four kills apiece and Purdue outhit Michigan .256 to .103 in the set. The Boilermakers led 3-1 early, but faced a 13-10 deficit midway through the stanza. Kills from four different players, a stuff by Mohler and Atkinson and two aces by Evans lifted the Boilermakers to a 19-14 advantage. Atkinson added two more putaways as Purdue surged ahead 22-17. A kill by Evans and a block and kill by Cuttino sealed the win at 25-19.
Michigan hit at a .517 clip in Set 2 en route to a 25-20 win to even the match. The stanza featured 10 ties and three lead changes. The Wolverines went up 6-3 only to see the Boilermakers battle back to go up 9-8 on a Cuttino kill. The teams traded points leading to a 13-13 tie, but Michigan scored four of the next five to go up 17-14. The Boilermakers cut it to two at 21-19, but could not break through as UM closed the set on a 4-1 run.
Michigan led 3-2 early in Set 3, but Purdue used an 8-2 run to leap ahead 10-5 and never looked back. The Boilermakers outhit the Wolverines .379 to .114 in the set and Adelaja downed a team-best five kills. Purdue also got help from three aces, two by Peters and one by Evans. Back to back aces by Peters gave Purdue the a 13-6 lead, while kills by Adelaja and Cuttino and a stuff by the pair pushed the Boilermakers ahead 17-8. Evans’ ace put Purdue up 10 at 19-9. A pair of kills by Atkinson and Adelaja made it 24-14 and Cuttino closed out the stanza at 25-15.
The Boilermakers closed out the night with a 25-17 Set 4 win, hitting .276 to Michigan’s .026 effort as Cuttino managed six kills. The Boilermakers led from start to finish, jumping ahead 9-3 early as Cuttino put down four kills and Evans added her fourth ace of the night. Five Michigan miscues and a pair of blocks by Cuttino helped Purdue build a 13-point lead at 23-10. A controversial call turned what should have been a match-point chance into a 23-11 score and the Wolverines, capitalized stringing together eight points to extend the set. A service error at 24-17 finally ended the match.
Purdue (14-8, 4-7 B1G) returns to action at 7 p.m. ET Saturday when No. 15 Michigan State comes to Belin Court. It is Halloween in Holloway so fans are encouraged to give their Halloween costumes a test run and participate in a costume contest. Masks, toy weapons and inappropriate costumes will not be allowed in the arena.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team dropped a Big Ten match to an unranked opponent for the first time this season, falling by a 3-1 score (25-19, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17) to the Purdue Boilermakers Friday night (Oct. 28) at Holloway Gymnasium.
Kelly Murphy led the Michigan offense with 12 kills — the only Wolverine to total kills in double figures on the night. She also tallied 15 digs in the match to earn her second consecutive double-double.
Following Murphy’s lead, Abby Cole totaled nine kills, while Carly Skjodt, Claire Kieffer-Wright and Katherine Mahlke each recorded eight.
All but one starter recorded a dig in the contest, as Michigan was forced into playing defense. Libero Jenna Lerg led the back row for the 23rd straight match, recording 18 digs.
Purdue took the first point of the match on a solo block, and a kill from Skjodt put Michigan on the board trailing 2-1. Still down, the Wolverine offense then went on a 4-0 run to take a 6-3 lead and force a Purdue timeout. From there, however, the Boilermakers fought to tie the score at 14-14 and used a 5-0 run to go ahead 19-14. Despite five kills Cole in the set, the deficit was too large for Michigan to overcome as Purdue took set one, 25-19.
Purdue took the first point of set two, but Michigan quickly jumped out to a 4-2 lead on a kill and a service ace from Kieffer-Wright, along with two Purdue errors. The Boilermakers then rallied to tie the game at 10-10, and the teams played point for point until Michigan rattled off three straight for a 16-13 lead. From there, the Wolverines used kills from Murphy, MacKenzi Welsh, Kieffer-Wright and Skjodt to take the set, 25-20.
The Boilermakers dominated sets three and four, holding the Wolverines to just a .114 attack average in the third set and a .027 average in the final game. Lerg anchored the back row in the second half of the match with five digs per set, but it was not enough as Michigan dropped the final two sets of the night.
Prior to Friday night’s defeat, Michigan’s only losses in Big Ten play had come at the hands of No. 1 Nebraska (Sep. 23), then-No. 16 Penn State (Oct. 1) and then-No. 1 Wisconsin (Oct. 15). The match also marks Michigan’s first four-set loss of the season.
Overall, the Wolverines were held to a .117 attack average in the match, marking their second-lowest hitting performance of the season.
No. 13-ranked Michigan will look to rebound on Saturday (Oct. 29) when it faces off against Indiana to wrap up the weekend Big Ten road series. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Bloomington.