Hoosiers Take Loss to Purdue in Front of Incredible Crowd
Oct. 21, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana volleyball squad hung tough with No. 17 Purdue in front of the second-largest crowd in University Gym history as 1,265 spectators flooded the stands. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers fell to 8-13 (1-8 Big Ten) on the season in the 3-0 (31-29, 30-20, 30-19) loss. A large portion of the throng of fans came in the form of a vocally-supportive IU football team led by Indiana head football coach Terry Hoeppner.
"First of all, I have to talk about the great support we had tonight," Indiana head coach Katie Weismiller said. "The football team really helped the atmosphere. Football coming out helped it get so loud in here. It was a fun place to play with a lot of energy and excitement. I have to give it to our fans."
Senior middle blocker Mandy Eberle agreed.
"It was incredible in here tonight," Eberle said. "It made us all proud to be a Hoosier."
Individually, senior outside hitter Rachel Gerling paced IU with 10 kills, while freshman setter Laura Holm posted a double-double with 21 assists and 10 digs. Meanwhile, freshman setter Jessica Batliner recorded 13 assists, while junior libero Sara Diehl recorded 12 digs.
In the first frame, the Hoosiers threatened to upset the Boilermakers in a game that featured 17 ties and eight lead changes. Unfortunately, Indiana could not overcome Purdue in a 31-29 loss. The win gave PU a 1-0 lead.
"We are getting better," Weismiller said. "We just can't get over the hump. Who knows what would have happened tonight if we could have won that first game."
Once the Boilermakers settled down, Indiana could not match the No.17-ranked team in the country the rest of the way. Purdue pulled out a 30-20 win in the second stanza to take a 2-0 lead, while posting a 30-19 victory in the third game to win 3-0 and maintain ownership of the Monon Spike.
"Purdue has been playing extremely well," Weismiller said. "We came out tonight and competed against a good team. There were just stretches where we did not execute."
Next up, the Hoosiers host Illinois on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The contest will take place in the University Gym in Bloomington, Ind.
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