The Purdue volleyball team ended its two-game losing streak by beating Northwestern, 3-0, on Friday in Holloway Gymnasium. Purdue (9-3, 1-2) was led by sophomore middle blocker Grace Cleveland, as Cleveland scored 10 kills on 29 attempts, leading the Boilermakers to wins of 25-18, 25-23, and 25-21. The Boilermakers return to action at 3 p.m., Sunday hosting No. 18 Illinois (7-5, 2-1). The match will be televised by ESPNU.
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Jena Otec dives for the ball against Northwestern on Friday night. While Otec didn't score any kills across three sets, she still scored 2 points with both coming off of her serves. Otec also led the team with nine digs and was second with five assists.
Freshman outside hitter Emma Ellis jumps up for a kill against Northwestern. Ellis finished with a total of nine kills.
Junior outside hitter Caitlyn Newton jumps up for a kill against Northwestern. Newton finished the game with a total of five kills.
Senior middle blocker Shavona Cuttino jumps to get the ball over the net in a Friday night game against Northwestern.
Senior middle blocker Shavona Cuttino jumps at the net, with freshman defensive specialist Maddie Schermerhorn and sophomore setter Hayley Bush ready for the ball as well.
Senior middle blocker Blake Mohler prepares to serve the ball over the net before a Friday night game against Northwestern.
Coach Dave Shondell talks to the team before its game vs. Northwestern. Purdue would win its first Big Ten game of the year, defeating Northwestern, 3-0.
The volleyball team huddles around Coach Dave Shondell before its game begins.
Sophomore middle blocker Grace Cleveland leaps up to hit the ball over a Northwestern defender. Cleveland led the Boilermakers in both kills and total attempts, recording 10 and 29 respectively. Cleveland also recorded three of the 28 team digs and three of the 10 team blocks.
The team celebrates after winning the third set over Northwestern, 25-21. With this win, the Boilermakers advanced to 9-3 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.