Volleyball struggles to defend offense of Purdue


Then-sophomore Kendall Beerman dives to return the ball while teammates Meaghan Koors and Bayli Lebo rush to support her against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 16, 2017, at the University Gym. Beerman was named tournament MVP at the 2018 UNLV Invitational.  Steven Lin Buy Photos

Different year, same result.

The Hoosiers traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana, to battle state rival, No. 19 Purdue and had a hard time on both ends of the floor, losing 3-0.

The way this match went mirrored last year’s game at Purdue, which was the same 3-0 rout as tonight.

The Boilermakers, who are one of the better hitting teams in the country, hit .506 in this match, compared to the Hoosiers .204. 

IU had no answer for Purdue senior outside hitter Danielle Cuttino, who finished the game with 14 kills. The same can be said for Purdue sophomore middle blocker Blake Mohler, who tallied 10 kills.

Sophomore outside hitter Kendall Beerman led the way for IU with eight kills, but on 21 attempts. Junior right side hitter Elizabeth Asdell and sophomore middle blocker Hayden Huybers had six kills apiece.

The kill numbers for IU are low for a reason: Purdue's blocking defense. The Hoosiers weren’t able to get the ball up or around the hands of the Boilermaker blockers. Sophomore middle blocker Shavona Cuttino had five blocks alone for Purdue. 

IU is now 11-4 on the season and has lost its third straight match, all coming in the Big Ten, all in straight sets as well. 

Dylan Wallace

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