No. 18 Purdue Posts 3-2 Win Over Wisconsin


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MADISON, Wisc. - The No. 18 Boilermaker volleyball team posted its 13th Big Ten win of the season on the road at Wisconsin Saturday night, marking the program's highest conference win tally since 1987 (14-4). Purdue topped the Badgers in five sets by scores of 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 19-25 and 15-13.

Senior Danita Merlau racked up 19 kills to pace the offense, while senior Stephanie Lynch added 17 putaways and a season-best 13 blocks. Sophomore Jaclyn Hart tacked on eight kills, while redshirt sophomore Lisa Pierce notched seven.

Defensively, senior Kelli Miller pulled up 21 digs and sophomore Jessica Ullrich added 11. Freshman Tiffany Fisher chipped in six blocks to the winning effort. Purdue topped the Badgers in all major statistical categories.

"This was a very big win for so many reasons," head coach Dave Shondell said. "We made the decision to rest Carrie Gurnell tonight. We also committed to play Sam Ainsworth and Tiffany Fisher tonight, because they deserved it and I thought Fisher was big in so many ways.

"The key tonight, however, was our three seniors. If you wonder how a team can be 7-0 in Big Ten five game matches, you have to look at those three. You have to have a driving force of experience and toughness and it starts with those three seniors. They didn't do it alone, but they carried us tonight."

Purdue chalked up three kills and an ace in the fifth and deciding set to take an early 5-2 lead. The Boilermaker lead stood at four at 10-6 soon after, prompting Wisconsin to use its second timeout of the set. The Badgers scored four straight to tie it up at 10. Kills from Fisher and Lynch and a block by Lynch and Merlau pushed the score to 13-10. Wisconsin posted a 3-0 run to knot the score at 13 prompting a Purdue timeout. The pause iced the server, then Lynch followed with an overpass putaway to clinch Purdue the 15-13 win. Merlau tallied four kills in the set, while Lynch added three.

Article courtesy of Purdue athletics.

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