WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Hayley Bush and Blake Mohler delivered match-leading performances to help No. 16 Purdue (17-7, 9-6 Big Ten) push past Ohio State (13-14, 6-9 Big Ten) inside Holloway Gymnasium Friday night. The Boilermakers claimed the conference match (28-30, 25-15, 25-22, 25-17).
Mohler posted a nearly perfect match offensively with 19 kills on 28 attempts for a match-best .607 hitting %. Sophomore Grace Cleveland followed close behind with 17 kills, while junior Caitlyn Newton added 11. Freshman Maddy Chinn also tied her career-best with nine daggers on the night.
Bush paced the offensive effort with a match-high 53 assists. She also collected her eighth double-double of the season with 14 digs on the night.
Sophomore Marissa Hornung guided the back row with a match-best 18 digs, followed by junior Jena Otec with 15. Cleveland led Purdue's front line with six blocks assists on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (28-30) | Ohio State came out hot with a 7-2 opening lead. Behind Bush's serve, the Boilermakers made up the difference to tie the score at 10-all. The conference foes kept it competitive the rest of the way, tying the frame 12 more times. Knotted at 28, Ohio State capitalized on a Purdue attacking error with a kill from Madison Smeathers for a 30-28 Buckeye set victory.
SET 2 (25-15) | The teams traded through the first 14 points, until consecutive Buckeye attack errors sparked a 4-1 run for the Boilermakers. Purdue maintained its lead with six kills from Cleveland and five team blocks for a 25-15 set win.
SET 3 (25-22) | Once again the teams went back-and-forth tying the set 15-15, when a Cleveland kill sparked a 7-3 run for the Boilermakers. Leading 22-18, Purdue held off Ohio State with kills from Mohler, Cleveland and Bush.
SET 4 (25-17) | Utilizing a 5-0 run to open the final set, Purdue took a 10-4 lead and never looked back. Chinn, Cleveland and Newton each tallied three kills in a set that saw the Boilermakers hit .361 as Purdue closed out the match with a 25-17 set victory.
Purdue turns its attention to Maryland. The Big Ten foes faceoff at 7 p.m. Saturday.