NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Purdue Sports) — With three Boilermakers registering four or more blocks, Purdue secured a three-set victory at Rutgers (25-15, 25-21, 25-12) to stay undefeated (14-0) against the Scarlet Knights.
With Purdue's sixth sweep of the season, the Boilermakers improve to 9-1 in its last 10 matches.
Sophomore Emma Ellis recorded a team-leading 10 kills for her second double-digit output of the season. Meanwhile Jael Johnson recorded a season-high .727 hitting mark with her nine kills, one error, on 11 swings. The performance was her second-most efficient match as a Boilermaker and ties as the 8th-best by a Big Ten player this season.
Hayley Bush tallied 30 assists on the day to go with two kills on four attempts, moving up to No. 8 all-time in Purdue's annals with 3,324 career assists.
Set One | Score: 25-15
The Boilermakers secured five team blocks in the set, led by Cleveland with four. After checking in the match with the score 8-4 in favor of Purdue, Emma Ellis went on to take two of the next three points on her way to a .500 hitting clip in the set (five kills and one error on eight swings).
Set Two | Score: 25-21
Purdue recorded seven blocks in the set to lead the Boilermakers to victory. Johnson went errorless, recording five kills on six attempts for a .833 attack %, in addition to two solo stuffs in the stretch.
Set Three | Score: 25-12
The Boilermakers pulled away from a 3-4 deficit by scoring 14 consecutive points to bring the score 17-4. Ellis secured a .727 hitting clip after going errorless with five kills on seven attempts.
Purdue will look to serve No. 9 Ohio State its first home losses of the season with the two-match series scheduled for March 26 and 27 in Columbus, Ohio.