PURDUE REAMER CLUB XTRA SPECIAL VOLLEYBALL PREMIER
- Aug. 24-25, 2018
- West Lafayette, Ind. (Holloway Gymnasium)
The #23 Purdue Boilermakers finished off their opening weekend on Saturday with another 3-0 sweep in front of a home crowd at Holloway Gymnasium. After beating Wofford and Bowling Green 3-0 on Friday, Purdue did the same to Tulsa on Saturday. All 6 matches on the weekend were 3-0 sweeps.
The Boilermakers will host another tournament next weekend, where they’ll welcome in Xavier, Lipscomb, and the best opponent on the team’s non-conference schedule: Louisville.
Tulsa at #23 Purdue
- No. 23 Purdue def. Tulsa 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-23)
- Purdue moves to 3-0, Tulsa falls to 2-1
- Box Score
- Purdue Recap / Tulsa Recap
- Attendance: 2173
The Golden Hurricanes only scored 20 points in the first two sets combined on Saturday before a competitive 3rd set, with Purdue thoroughly dominating all phases of the match.
Purdue hit .432 in the match, bringing their season total up to .313. Tulsa hit .133 as a team (though that number was just .065 in the first two sets), and on the weekend the Boilermakers allowed their opponents to hit just .075 in three matches.
Purdue made hay on their service, scoring 11 aces to just 5 service errors. The advantage wasn’t gained by targeting any one player – three different Tulsa receivers had at least 3 receipt errors in the match, including 3 from libero Taylor Hosfall (who also had an ace, and 16 digs, to atone). Purdue’s libero Brooke Peters had 4 of the 11 aces, and 23 digs to lead all players.
Offensively, Purdue senior Sherridan Atkinson led the way with 18 kills on .516 hitting, which marked her 3rd double-digit game of 3 played this season, and her 2nd time hitting over .500. She was the gamee’s only double-digit hitter, with Tulsa being led by 9 kills and 3 block assists from Rachel Moore.
Bowling Green vs. Wofford (Neutral)
- Wofford Terriers def. Bowling Green Falcons 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-20)
- Wofford moves to 1-2; Bowling Green falls to 0-3
- Box Score
- Wofford Recap / Bowling Green Recap
In a matchup between the two teams that were swept on Friday, Wofford beat Bowling Green. Both teams struggled with hitting: even in a win, Wofford still had 15 attacking errors on 43 kills, while Bowling Green had 23 errors on 33 kills.
Wofford’s defense was stifling, though. They had 12 blocks, as compared to just 6 for Bowling Green, to hold the Falcons to just .075 hitting.
“We are very disappointed at the outcome of our opening weekend,” Bowling Green coach Danijela Tomic said after her team failed to win a single set this weekend. “We faced three tough teams that challenged us in different parts of the game. They exposed our weaknesses, but also showcased some of our strengths on which we will continue to build. We will learn from these failures and I believe they will make us stronger and better in the long run.”
One of those strengths was the service game, where Tomic’s team had 7 aces and 7 service errors, as compared to just 2 aces and 6 service errors for Wofford. Katie Kidwell led the Falcons with 3 aces.
The star performer for Wofford was senior middle blocker Colleen Reilly, who had a match-high 11 kills (.500 hitting) and 6 blocks.