Nov. 3, 2012
Watch: Purdue Match Highlights
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: No. 22 Purdue 3, Northwestern 0
Records: NU (15-10, 4-10 Big Ten), PU (18-7, 9-5 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Wednesday, Nov. 7 -- at No. 15 Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 7 p.m. CT.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 22 Purdue completed a season sweep of the Northwestern Wildcats with a straight-set victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena Saturday evening, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-17).
Northwestern was plagued by a total of 20 attacking errors on the night, 11 more than the Boilermakers. Purdue was dominant at the net with 13 blocks in the match to only four for the Wildcats.
"Critical mistakes at critical times did us in tonight," said Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan. "We gave up way too many long runs and no team can afford to do that when playing a program as well-rounded as Purdue's."
The teams were knotted at seven points apiece in the first set following a kill from NU's Savannah Paffen, but after that play Purdue scored the next five points with Val Nichol at the service line to create some distance. Northwestern attempted to answer on several occasions, but 10 total miscues in the frame added up in a hurry as the Boilermakers claimed the first set, 25-17.
In the second set, the Wildcats came out aggressively and established a 12-7 lead of their own on a service ace by Abbie Kraus at the midway point of the game. Purdue would battle back to tie the score at 15-15 and then its All-Big Ten performer Ariel Turner took over. Turner pounded down four of her nine kills in the second set during a 10-2 run that was used to conclude the frame. With a pair of 25-17 triumphs, Purdue led at the intermission, 2-0.
The third set followed a eerily similar blueprint. The two teams traded punches with Stephanie Holthus evening the ledger at 13-13 with one of her seven kills, but Northwestern's offense grinded to a halt once again though as Purdue went on to outscore the 'Cats 12-4 to capture their third set in a row by a score of 25-17.
Julie Chin was spectacular in the back row for Northwestern as she amassed seven digs per set to match her season-best effort of 21. During the match Chin passed Jessica Holloway ('95-'98) to move into fifth place on the school's all-time list in that category. The senior libero owns 1,335 career digs.
"Julie did a tremendous job for us again tonight," said Chan. "She is a senior leader on our team and she takes great pride in her role on the team. [Chin] kept several rallies alive for us throughout the match and her effort was very consistent."
Yewande Akanbi paced the Wildcats offensively with eight kills, while Holthus and Paffen each recorded seven.
Turner led all players with 17 kills ad added 17 digs for Purdue.
Northwestern will be back in action on Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, when the 'Cats travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the 15th-ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State. The match begins at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Please check your local listings for channel information.
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