Purdue volleyball advances in NCAA tournament

Photo Courtesy: David Wegiel
Photo Courtesy: David Wegiel

COLUMBIA, Mo. (Purdue Sports) — The Boilermakers advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the 11th straight time with a 3-0 sweep of Iowa State Thursday night as junior Danielle Cuttino pounded down 21 kills to lead all hitters. Purdue won the match 26-25, 25-21, 25-13. The Boilermakers will face the winner of the Northern Illinois/Missouri match at 7 p.m. ET Friday.

Cuttino put down 21 kills, just two off her career best, in 31 swings while hitting at a season-best .613 clip. Redshirt sophomore Sherridan Atkinson added 10 kills, while hitting .529. Redshirt senior Faye Adelaja (8), junior Azariah Stahl (6) and redshirt freshman Blake Mohler (5) also contributed offensively.

Mohler and Cuttino paced Purdue at the net with three blocks apiece as the Boilermakers outblocked ISU 5-1. Freshman Natalie Haben pulled up 10 digs to lead the backcourt, while also serving up a season-best five aces. Evans (8), redshirt sophomore Carissa Damler (7) and Stahl (6) followed.

Purdue won all major statistical categories, outhitting Iowa State .454 to .343, outserving them 8-2 in aces and outdigging them 43-33.

The Boilermakers rallied from down 23-21 to steal away a 26-24 Set 1 win as Cuttino pounded down nine kills and the team hit at a .405 clip. Purdue trailed by as many as three in the set and staved off a Cyclone set point chance in the stanza.

The Boilermakers (19-13) return to action at 7 p.m. ET Friday when they take on the winner of the Missouri/Northern Illinois match in the NCAA Second Round.