WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The No. 17 Boilermakers opened the 2019 season with a competitive 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 31-29, 25-19) victory versus Ohio University in front of a sold out Holloway crowd on Sunday.
Claiming their sixth consecutive season opener, the Boilermakers improve to 6-0 all-time against the Bobcats.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Set 1 (22-25) | In a evenly contested opening set, the teams spilt the first fourteen points until a trio of Purdue errors put the Boilermakers behind. The Bobcats pushed to a six-point lead (21-15), until a kill from redshirt sophomore Hayley Bush sparked a 4-0 run for the Boilermakers. Purdue would narrow the lead to two, but Ohio would seal the set on a kill from Sara Januszewski.
Set 2 (25-17) | Much like the first frame, the second set opened with both teams trading points. With the score tied 6-6, the Boilermakers pushed ahead on a block from Bush and redshirt senior Shavona Cuttino and a kill from sophomore Grace Cleveland. Purdue cushioned its advantage with a quartet of aces from juniors Caitlyn Newton and Jena Otec. The Boilermakers closed the set on a block by Bush and Cuttino.
Set 3 (31-29) | Fueled by a 5-0 run, the Bobcats jumped out to a 10-6 edge, before the Boilermakers answered back with a 7-0 run for the lead (13-11). The set would ultimately see 18 ties and 10 lead changes between the two squads. With the score knotted at 29, sophomore Marissa Hornung delivered a kill and an ace to push Purdue past Ohio, 31-29.
Set 4 (25-19) | Staying consistent, the teams split the first 14 points, before a pair of Bobcat errors, a Newton kill and a Hornung ace gave Purdue an 11-7 lead. A pair of kills from Lizzie Stephens helped Ohio narrow Purdue's edge to two (19-17), before Bush, Cuttino and Newton combined for four consecutive blocks. Newton's 14th kill of the night would put the Boilermakers at match point before a Bobcat service error solidified the Purdue win.
Freshmen Madeline Koch made her collegiate debut.
Junior Jena Otec made her first career start at libero.
The Boilermakers out blocked the Bobcats, 14-6.
Purdue delivered nine service aces to Ohio's two. The Boilermakers were only four aces away from tying their 2018 match-high of 13.
With the win, head coach Dave Shondell improves to 349 careers wins.
The match delivered Holloway's first sold out crowd of 2019, marking the fourth-consecutive sold out match in West Lafayette. In 2018, Purdue closed out its home season with three sold out matches against Indiana (11/3/19), Nebraska (11/16/19) and Iowa (11/17/18).
The Boilermakers host Ball State at Holloway Gymnasium on Tuesday, Sept. 3. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET