- Purdue at Ohio State (Big Ten Match)
- Columbus, Ohio
- Purdue improves to 17-5 (7-4); Ohio State drops to 11-11 (4-7)
- Attendance: 1128
- Box Score
A strong year for the Purdue Boilermakers continued as the swept the host Ohio State Buckeyes in straight set. It was a dominating performance for Purdue as they finished the match out-hitting the hosts .322 to .121. Set scores were 25-16, 25-17, and 25-22. Setter Ashley Evans led a well-balanced offense with 36 assists as all five hitters collected at least five kills on the night. Sherridan Atkinson and Caitlyn Newton had 10 kills apiece. Purdue improves to 17-5 (7-4) on the year and will return to action on Sunday, October 29th when they travel to face Maryland.
Purdue led the match in every major statistical category including kills 41-36, assists 40-33, blocks 7-3, digs 37-33 and aces 4-0. The Boilermakers are now just two wins shy of their total from last season.
It was a historic night for junior setter Taylor Hughes who collected her 3,000th career assist, becoming the eighth Buckeye to ever achieve the feat. Luisa Schirmer led the offense with 12 kills but no other Ohio State player had more than six kills. The Buckeyes fall to 11-11 (4-7) and will return to action on Saturday, October 28th to host Indiana.
Courtesy of Purdue Athletics
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 17 Purdue (17-5, 7-4 B1G) outperformed Ohio State (11-11, 4-7 B1G) in seven statistical categories to defeat the Buckeyes in three sets (25-16, 25-17, 25-22) at St. John Arena. The road win for Purdue is the first time since 2012 the Boilermakers took down Ohio State on its home floor.
“I thought our team played very well tonight,” said head coach Dave Shondell. “Game one was probably the best set we’ve had all season. We hit .615, only one hitting error, served really tough and just set the tone for the match the way we played.”
Purdue hit .322 while holding Ohio State to a .121 hitting percentage and siding out at 73-percent to control the match. The Boilermakers’ offense set the tone in the first set, hitting .615 with 17 kills, including an 11-4 run to finish off the set. Despite the strong start by the offense, it was the defense that stepped up in the final two stanzas as the Buckeyes hit just .000 and .086 in the second and third set.
Ashley Evans registered one of Purdue’s four service aces and set the offense on 36 of its 41 kills, finding Sherridan Atkinson and Caitlyn Newton 10 times each. The pair of pin hitters hit .405 with Atkinson hitting .471 to complement a pair of blocks. The performance by Newton marks the freshman’s first collegiate match with kills in double figures as she hit .350. Danielle Cuttino and Azariah Stahl combined for 15 kills and three blocks while Blake Mohler hit .571 with five kills on the night. Stahl added seven digs, a block and an ace. Mohler led Purdue’s blocking efforts with three and the Boilermakers out-blocked the Buckeyes 7-3.
Carissa Damler led the defense with eight digs in the match while libero Brooke Peters finished the night with six digs and an ace. Jena Otec aced Ohio State as well with four digs to her credit. Purdue out-dug the Buckeyes 37-33 and was not aced in the contest.
The Boilermakers look to win their third straight match Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. ET in College Park, Maryland, against the Terrapins.
Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With a team-high 30 assists, setter Taylor Hughes became the eighth player in Ohio State history to record 3,000 career helpers as the Buckeyes dropped a straight set decision (25-16, 25-17, 25-22) to No. 17 Purdue on Friday night at St. John Arena. The loss puts the Scarlet & Gray at 11-11 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers improve to 17-5 (7-4 B1G).
The two teams split this season’s home-and home series, getting wins in each other’s arenas.
Hughes now has 3,026 career helpers and has recorded double-digit assists in every match this season. Luisa Schirmer had 12 kills and six digs on the evening. Madison Smeathers, Lauren Witte and Ashley Wenz tallied six kills apiece. Ana Beatriz Franklin tied her career mark with nine digs while Hannah Gruensfelder scooped seven.
SET 1: Hughes had it going from the jump with 10 assists in the opening frame. Schirmer connected on 5-of-8 swings with one error for a .500 clip on the outside. The Buckeyes managed to cut Purdue’s lead to four, 17-13, but a 8-3 run concluded the set, 25-16.
SET 2: Ohio State struggled offensively in the second, recording 10 kills and as many errors. A 7-1 spurt early on pushed the Boilermakers ahead for good en route to the 25-17 winner.
SET 3: The Buckeyes sent Purdue to its bench after getting out to a 13-10 lead in the third. The 11th tie of the night came at 19-19 and the visitors pulled away for a 25-22 decisive factor.
Next up, Ohio State concludes its four-match homestand against Indiana at 8 p.m. on Saturday.