WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A standing room-only, Holloway Gymnasium record crowd of 2,961 was on hand to witness the No. 10 Boilermaker volleyball team topple No. 2 Nebraska, 3-0 Saturday night on Senior Night.
Purdue hit at a .410 clip and bested the Huskers in nearly every statistical category in the 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 win.
The sweep was the first against the Huskers since a road match at Texas on Oct. 30, 2009.
Junior Ariel Turner put down 17 kills and added nine digs, while redshirt sophomore Catherine Rebarchak chipped in 10 kills, seven digs, three blocks and an ace. Senior Tiffany Fisher managed nine kills in her final regular season home match, while freshmen Val Nichol (6) and Kierra Jones (5) also contributed offensively. Nichol paced Purdue at the net with four blocks, including three solo stuffs, as the Boilermakers outblocked Nebraska 9-1. Rebarchak and Jones each added three blocks.
Defensively, senior Emily Ehlers and redshirt senior Blair Bashen led the way with dig tallies of 15 and 14. Turner added nine, while Rebarchak and sophomore Hilliary Fox managed seven saves apiece. The Boilermaker backcourt and block held Nebraska to a .173 hitting effort.
Purdue spread the ball around in the first set as five different players racked up kills as the team hit .318 in the 25-19 win. The Boilermakers started fast, scoring seven of the first 10 points of the night. Fisher put down two kills, while three others chipped in offensively. Nebraska pulled within two at 7-5, but the Boilermakers jumped ahead 12-6 with a 5-1 run, including two Husker errors and a stuff by Nichol and Jones. Purdue forced Nebraska to use its final timeout at 17-10 after a pair of Turner putaways. The Boilers led by eight at 21-13 after another block. NU made it a four point game at 23-19 after a trio of Purdue miscues, but a service error and a Turner kill capped the win.