10/2/21 Rutgers, Marissa Hornung lunges for the ball

Senior libero Marissa Hornung lunges sideways to reach the ball. Hornung led Purdue with 14 digs.

After a 3-2 upset loss to Illinois Friday night, the Purdue volleyball team fell to No. 6 in the nation in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. Purdue still managed to take the No. 5 spot in RPI rankings, or rankings based off of wins, losses and strength of schedule.

The Boilermakers (11-2, 3-1 Big Ten) were likely saved from falling farther by their 3-0 domination of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights the next night. The Boilers entered the top five for the first time in program history last week after a five-set upset of then-No. 3 Ohio State.

Purdue is now the second-highest Big Ten team in the nation behind No. 4 Wisconsin, and one of five teams in the top 10. The Boilers are ahead of the No. 7 Buckeyes, No. 8 Minnesota and No. 10 Nebraska. The Big Ten is tied with the Pac-12 the most represented conference in this week's poll at six teams each.

Purdue returns to play Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET at Illinois for a rematch. The match will air on the Big Ten Network. 

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