WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The No. 17 Purdue volleyball team (9-4, 1-3 Big Ten) pushed No. 18 Illinois (8-5, 3-1) to extra sets, but ultimately fell to the Fighting Illini, 3-1 (30-28, 17-25, 14-25, 21-25) Sunday afternoon.
For a third consecutive match sophomore Grace Cleveland paced the Boilermakers with double-digit kills. The outside hitter registered 14 kills, followed by junior Caitlyn Newton with 10. Freshmen Emma Ellis and senior Shavona Cuttino helped with six kills apiece.
Redshirt sophomore Hayley Bush paced the offense with 40 assists, while junior Jena Otec led the back row with a match-high 18 digs.