Purdue faced a tough test against Maryland, who gave them a run for their money in the first and fourth sets. To pace the Boilermakers, Danielle Cuttino put down 22 kills and four blocks. Brooke Peters picked up a career-best 20 digs, while Natalie Haben and Carissa Damler added 13.
Gia Milana led the way for Maryland with 23 kills and 10 digs for a double-double. Setter Taylor Smith also added a double-double with 42 assists and 11 digs.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Boilermakers gutted out a four-set win over Maryland on Wednesday. Purdue won the match 25-23, 25-15, 16-25, 28-26 despite falling behind 13-6 in the final set.
Junior Danielle Cuttino paced the offense with 22 kills, while sophomore Brooke Peters held things down defensively with a career-best 20 digs.
Aiding Cuttino at the net were junior Azariah Stahl (12), redshirt sophomore Sherridan Atkinson (7), redshirt freshman Blake Mohler (5) and redshirt junior Ashley Evans (5). Cuttino also put up a team-best four blocks, while Evans added three to do with a 47-assist, 10-dig double-double.
Peters was one of four Boilermakers with double-digit digs alongside freshman Natalie Haben (13), redshirt sophomore Carissa Damler (13) and Evans. Damler also served up an ace as did Mohler.
The Boilermakers outhit the Terrapins .250 to .208 and outdug Maryland 66 to 57.
Purdue managed a .286 hitting percentage in Set 1, while Cuttino tallied six kills in a 25-23 win. The teams tied 18 times and the lead changed hands on six occasions. The Boilermakers scored the first three points of the set, but Maryland soon went up 6-4. The teams tied at 6-6 setting off a string of eight ties, last at 13-all. An ace by Damler and kill by Mohler put Purdue up 15-13 at the TV timeout. The Terrapins battled back to go up 20-18. Kills from Cuttino, Atkinson and Mohler pulled the Boilermakers even at 22. An Atkinson kill and two Maryland miscues gave Purdue the win.
The Boilermakers held Maryland to a .000 hitting percentage and got five kills from Stahl in a 25-15 Set 2 win. Purdue jumped out to a 6-3 lead and went on to a 10-7 edge, before Maryland put together a 5-1 run to turn the deficit into a 12-11 edge of its own. The Boilermakers called timeout and outscored the Terrapins 14-3 en route to the win. Six UM errors, four kills from Stahl and two Mohler blocks aided Purdue down the stretch.
Maryland hit at a .556 clip in a 25-16 Set 3 win. Purdue scored two of the first three points, but the Terrapins led by as many as seven en route to the victory. Five kills by Cuttino highlighted the set for the Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers came back from a 13-6 deficit in Set 4 and fought off three Maryland set point attempts in a 28-26 win to clinch the match. Cuttino put the Boilermakers on her back with eight kills, while Stahl added four and Evans chipped in three. The Terrapins used a 9-2 run to take the 13-6 midset lead. Purdue responded with eight of the next 11 points, including three Cuttino putaways, to narrow the gap to two at 16-14. Down 19-15, the Boilermakers rallied to within one at 20-19 after Cuttino and Stahl put down two kills apiece. Maryland called timeout and went up 23-20 after the break. A kill and solo block by Cuttino cut the margin to one, but a kill gave the Terps their first set point chance. A block by Mohler and Atkinson and a UM hitting error knotted the score at 24. Down 25-24, Purdue got help from two more Terrapin errors to earn their own set point chance at 26-25. Kills by redshirt senior Faye Adelaja and Evans ended the match.
The Boilermakers (15-9, 5-8 B1G) return to action at 8 p.m. Saturday when they take on No. 3 Wisconsin in Madison.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Freshmen Gia Milana and Taylor Smith each posted double-doubles as the Maryland volleyball team pushed Purdue to four sets on Wednesday evening. The Terps (10-15, 2-11 Big Ten) fell to the Boilermakers (14-9, 4-8) by set scores of 23-25, 15-25, 25-16, 26-28.
“Credit to Purdue on finding a way to win in the fourth,” head coach Steve Aird said. “I was disappointed in our compete level after game two. The response in the third and fourth sets was better, but that needs to be out standard. We have to learn how to win the road.”
Milana led the match with 23 kills while posting 10 digs. Smith notched 42 assists and 11 digs.
Junior middle blocker Hailey Murray tallied 10 kills and five blocks, including one solo block. Sophomore opposite hitter Angel Gaskin also posted five blocks.
Sophomore libero Kelsey Wicinski notched a team-high 16 digs.
The Boilermakers received votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. All but three of Maryland’s Big Ten matches have been against teams ranked or receiving votes in the poll.
Milana led Maryland with seven kills in the first set as the Terps nearly took the game. The teams tied 18 times in the first set. She notched two on a 4-0 Maryland run as the Terrapins took a 6-4 lead. An Ashlyn MacGregor-Gaskin block gave the Terps an 11-10 lead, and MacGregor served an ace to force a Purdue timeout at 19-18. Milana posted two late kills, but the Boilers used a 4-1 run to take the set, 25-23.
The teams began the second set closely matched, and a Smith kill pulled the Terps within one, 8-7. Following a Purdue timeout with Maryland ahead 12-11, the Boilers used an 8-1 run to take a 19-13 lead. Milana notched a kill, and Murray tallied a late solo block for the Terps as Purdue was able to close the set, 25-15.
Maryland came out of the break fighting, using a .556 hitting percentage to take the set. The Terps took a 5-2 lead off a strong serving run from Nell Drummey. Purdue called timeout following a Liz Twilley kill with the Terps ahead, 9-5. Three straight kills from the Terrapins put them ahead 16-9. Smith served an ace and Milana and MacGregor posted kills as Maryland reached set point, 24-16. A Murray-Gaskin block finished the set, 25-16.
The teams traded points to start the fourth set before Boiler errors and kills from Milana and Murray gave Maryland a 10-5 lead. The Terps continued to lead, taking a 16-13 lead off a Gaskin kill. The Boilermakers began pressing, and Maryland called timeout leading by one, 20-19. The teams began to trade points again, and a Milana kill put the Terps at set point 24-23. Purdue extended the set and tied it, 25-25, on a Maryland service error. The Terps again reached set point, 25-24, before the Boilermakers came back to tie it again. Purdue reached match point twice, and was able to seal the match win with a 28-26 set victory.”
The Terps and Boilermakers will face off again in College Park, Md., on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
Maryland returns home to host No. 2 Minnesota on Sunday at 4 p.m. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus.