WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — After owning a 2-1 lead, the No. 13 Purdue volleyball team (2-4) fell to No. 6 Minnesota (6-0) in the fifth set inside Holloway Gymnasium (18-25, 25-17, 25-17, 21-25, 9-15).
The Boilermakers took the second and third set, allowing just 17 Minnesota points in each, and were within reach of clinching the match in the fourth set for the second straight night. Purdue led 18-15 in the fourth, but faltered as the Gophers went on an 8-3 run to push the set to five.
Caitlyn Newton led the team with a career-high 29 kills after setting a career-best in attempts a night ago. The senior out of Terre Haute, Indiana recorded a double-double, chipping in 16 digs, 74 attempts with nine errors for a .270 attack %.
Bush set a career-high 22 digs in the match and added 51 assists and one kill.
Leading the block party was freshman Taylor Trammell, who recorded six block assists, seven kills and no errors on 13 swings (.538). Grace Cleveland and Jael Johnson also held a strong presence at the net, each adding five block assists.
A slow start for the Boilermakers led to a Minnesota advantage for the entirety of the set, with a pair of kills by Newton and another from Trammell bringing the score within two (6-8), but from there, Minnesota pulled away to take the set 18-25.
Newton led the attack with six kills on 21 attempts.
The set saw five tied scores and just one lead change, as a trailing Purdue team knotted the score 7-7 and went on to take the 12-7 lead and never looked back, thanks to six unanswered points. Newton led the charge with three kills in the run.
Newton hit a .643 (10-1-14) in the set, and Bush tallied 14 assists. Cleveland recorded four kills.
Purdue led the entire set, starting with a 3-1 lead to open, which included a stuff by Johnson and Newton. Minnesota crept back into the match and by mid-way through, the Gophers cut the Purdue lead to 15-13, however Purdue pulled away again, with a pair of kills by Johnson down the stretch and a key block by Trammell and Ellis at the 21-16 mark.
As a team, Purdue limited Minnesota to a .171 hitting %, while recording a .324 with five Boilermakers tallying multiple kills. Additionally, Purdue out-blocked Minnesota 4-2.
A battle ensued as Purdue looked to take the victory with the set win, seeing five ties and two lead changes as the teams fought for control. Despite an early 7-3 Gopher lead, Purdue chipped away with a pair of runs. One included a 7-1 run for the Boilermakers to take the lead, set in motion after a kill from Trammell. The Gophers knotted the match up 18-18, but Purdue took the next three points with two of the kills coming from Emma Ellis. Minnesota closed out the set with seven unanswered points to regain the lead and take the set.
Minnesota and Purdue each recorded 15 kills.
The teams traded points with five ties coming in the first 14 combined points. Johnson served up an ace to tie the match 7-7, but Minnesota overpowered Purdue and closed out the set with a 8-2 run.
No. 13 Purdue is slated to head to Ann Arbor to take on No. 23 Michigan (0-0) on Saturday, February 13 at 6 p.m. ET and Sunday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET. Sunday's match will air on Big Ten Network.