Purdue volleyball downs No. 13 Michigan

Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports
Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The Boilermakers posted their fourth Top 25 win of the season, knocking off No. 13 Michigan in four sets Friday on Dig for a Cure night. Purdue won the match 25-19, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17 for its eighth straight win over the Wolverines.

Junior Danielle Cuttino paced the Boilermakers at the net with 19 kills and five blocks, while hitting at a .333 clip. Redshirt sophomore Sherridan Atkinson (13) and redshirt senior Faye Adelaja (12) also chipped in double-digit tallies and hit over .300 for the night. Adelaja matched Cuttino’s five blocks as well. In the back court, junior Azariah Stahl pulled pup a team-best 14 digs, followed by freshman Natalie Haben (13) and redshirt sophomore Carissa Damler (9). Redshirt junior Ashley Evans served up four aces, while sophomore Brooke Peters added two.

The Boilermakers outhit Michigan .297 to .171 for the match, outserved the Wolverines 7-5 in aces and outblocked them 9-3.

The Boilermakers piled up five blocks got kills from six different players in a 25-19 Set 1 win. Atkinson and Cuttino tallied four kills apiece and Purdue outhit Michigan .256 to .103 in the set. The Boilermakers led 3-1 early, but faced a 13-10 deficit midway through the stanza. Kills from four different players, a stuff by Mohler and Atkinson and two aces by Evans lifted the Boilermakers to a 19-14 advantage. Atkinson added two more putaways as Purdue surged ahead 22-17. A kill by Evans and a block and kill by Cuttino sealed the win at 25-19.

Michigan hit at a .517 clip in Set 2 en route to a 25-20 win to even the match. The stanza featured 10 ties and three lead changes. The Wolverines went up 6-3 only to see the Boilermakers battle back to go up 9-8 on a Cuttino kill. The teams traded points leading to a 13-13 tie, but Michigan scored four of the next five to go up 17-14. The Boilermakers cut it to two at 21-19, but could not break through as UM closed the set on a 4-1 run.

Michigan led 3-2 early in Set 3, but Purdue used an 8-2 run to leap ahead 10-5 and never looked back. The Boilermakers outhit the Wolverines .379 to .114 in the set and Adelaja downed a team-best five kills. Purdue also got help from three aces, two by Peters and one by Evans. Back to back aces by Peters gave Purdue the a 13-6 lead, while kills by Adelaja and Cuttino and a stuff by the pair pushed the Boilermakers ahead 17-8. Evans’ ace put Purdue up 10 at 19-9. A pair of kills by Atkinson and Adelaja made it 24-14 and Cuttino closed out the stanza at 25-15.

The Boilermakers closed out the night with a 25-17 Set 4 win, hitting .276 to Michigan’s .026 effort as Cuttino managed six kills. The Boilermakers led from start to finish, jumping ahead 9-3 early as Cuttino put down four kills and Evans added her fourth ace of the night. Five Michigan miscues and a pair of blocks by Cuttino helped Purdue build a 13-point lead at 23-10. A controversial call turned what should have been a match-point chance into a 23-11 score and the Wolverines, capitalized stringing together eight points to extend the set. A service error at 24-17 finally ended the match.

Purdue (14-8, 4-7 B1G) returns to action at 7 p.m. ET Saturday when No. 15 Michigan State comes to Belin Court. It is Halloween in Holloway so fans are encouraged to give their Halloween costumes a test run and participate in a costume contest. Masks, toy weapons and inappropriate costumes will not be allowed in the arena.