Indiana Suffers 3-0 Setback At No. 21 Purdue
Oct. 22, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana volleyball team battled in a three set loss at No. 19 Purdue this evening at Holloway Gymnasium. After falling behind in each set, Indiana clawed its way back with a handful of key runs to dig its way out of a deficit and nearly spoil the Boilermakers hopes, but the Hoosiers would fall short in closely contested games, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19. The setback drops the Hoosiers to 8-12 on the season and 0-9 in Big Ten Conference action, while the Boilermakers improve to 14-6 (5-4) overall.
The Hoosiers jumped out to a slow start after the opening serve and quickly fell behind 9-1 in the early going. Indiana regrouped after a quick timeout and answered with a 9-4 run to bring the Cream and Crimson within three points at 13-10. With the score reaching set point, 24-20, Indiana battled back with a pair of kills to stay alive at 25-22, but an IU service error would seal the opening set in favor of the Boilermakers. Indiana’s Chante George paced the Hoosiers with three kills while Amelia Anderson and Morgan Leach added a pair of terminations apiece.
Indiana’s hitting percentage was much improved in set two, but the Boilermakers posted a .421 clip to help them sneak by the Hoosiers to take a 2-0 lead. With the score tied at 14, IU used a Nwaele kill and consecutive aces by Haverly to take a 17-14 lead, the largest margin for Indiana at that point in the match, but Purdue went on and outscored Indiana 9-2 to take the second set, 25-19. Nwaeze tallied five kills on the attack on seven swings (.571) while George boosted her match total to seven kills after terminating four in set two.
Similar to the start, Indiana quickly found itself in a hole after Purdue took a 10-0 lead to start the third set. Indiana would battle back however, outscoring the Boilermakers 10-2 to bring it to 12-10 and cause the Purdue bench to call for a timeout. Against both teams battle for its chance at the lead, but Purdue would eventually take the match with a 25-19 win in the final set. In the third, both Leach and Anderson accrued three kills to lead the Hoosiers.
Indiana will get back at it this Saturday and stay on the road when it heads to East Lansing, Mich. for a 6:30 p.n. ET match with Michigan State.
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