Oct. 2, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Northwestern and No. 21 Purdue played about as close as it gets in the first game of their match Sunday afternoon in Mackey Arena, but the Boilermakers eventually distanced themselves in a three-game sweep of the Wildcats, 33-31, 30-18, 30-23.
With the loss, Northwestern falls to 10-4 on the season, 1-3 in the Big Ten. Three of NU's four defeats on the season have come against ranked opponents. Purdue improves to 12-3 on the year, 1-3 in the conference.
In the first game, neither team held more than a two-point lead throughout. Junior Cassie McLaughlin (Cary, Ill./Cary Grove) gave NU a game point, 29-28, with a kill, but Purdue scored the next two to take a 30-29 lead and prompt Wildcat head coach Keylor Chan to take a timeout.
Sophomores Stephanie Jurivich (LaGrange, Ill./St. Ignatius) and Lindsay Anderson (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) both killed balls to stave off Boilermaker game points before Purdue finally won on its third, 33-31.
The Boilermakers jumped out to a lead in the second game, using a 6-0 run to take a 16-8 advantage. Northwestern responded immediately with a 6-0 run of its own to close to within two, 16-14.
Purdue leapt back out big with the next seven points in the game to open up a 23-14 lead en route to a 30-18 game two victory.
The Boilermakers again led out of the gate in game three, forcing an NU timeout after getting a six-point lead, 10-4. The Wildcats used a 3-0 run to get within five, 16-11, then again cut the deficit to five, 27-22. Purdue closed out the game, 30-23, for the match win.
Sophomore Courtnie Paulus (Belgium, Wis./Ozaukee) and junior Julie Purcell (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) both reached double-figure kills for NU with 10 and 11, respectively. Paulus also had 12 digs for a double-double.
Senior Christie Gardner
(West Bend, Wis./West Bend East) led NU with 21 digs.
Purdue billed the match as "Pack Mackey," moving the contest from Intercollegiate Athletic Hall to Mackey Arena in an attempt to break the NCAA attendance record of 13,194. While they did not come close to the record, the Boilers still brought 8,512 to the match.
Northwestern returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, when it hosts No. 4 Penn State at Welsh-Ryan Arena.