No. 2 Nebraska goes the gap to beat Purdue in first B1G highway match


WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Issues discovered Friday at Purdue:

— The Nebraska freshmen, gifted as they’re, in all probability now consider individuals after they say how robust it’s on the highway within the Massive Ten.

— Purdue is scrappy as ever.

— There are just so many excellent freshmen in NCAA girls’s volleyball and 7 of them began right here in Nebraska’s 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 15-12 victory.

— Two of these children had been merely incredible as Harper Murray led Nebraska with a career-high 21 kills, three assists, two blocks and 10 digs; and Chloe Chicoine, generously listed at 5-foot-10, had 18 kills for Purdue whereas hitting .359 to go along with an ace, a block and 7 digs.

“We’re each actually younger groups however we’re each fairly good,” Chicoine mentioned. “It’s actually enjoyable taking part in in opposition to one another.”

— John Shondell has left the Purdue program after 20-plus years.

The gang of two,415 inside cozy and uber-loud Holloway Fitness center had a lot to cheer about from the get-go as AVCA No. 17 Purdue (8-4, 2-1 Massive Ten) took it proper to the unbeaten Huskers (12-0, 3-0), the No. 2 crew within the Tremendous 16 Media Ballot. Purdue, which squandered a five-point second-set lead, rallied from a 19-16 deficit within the fourth by scoring the final 10 factors of the set.

“We had been out of kinds tonight,” Nebraska coach John Cook dinner mentioned. “We’ve no rhythm offensively like we’ve had … However Purdue performed actually, very well and people two left-side hitters (Chicoine and Eva Hudson, who had 19 kills) did a very nice job. 

“However we discovered a method to win. We haven’t been in a five-gamer all yr and I actually like how we responded in recreation 5.”

Not solely had the Huskers not gone the gap, they’d solely misplaced units to Creighton, Stanford and Kentucky, and by no means the primary of a match. Nebbraska swept Ohio State and Minnesota to open Massive Ten play.

In opposition to Purdue, junior Merritt Beason led with 19 kills whereas hitting .368 to go along with 5 blocks and 9 digs. One other freshman, Andi Jackson, had 12 kills, an help and 7 blocks. Freshman DS Laney Choboy had 14 digs and two assists and freshman setter Reilly Bergen had 5 kills in 9 errorless tries, 54 assists, an ace, a block and 12 digs. Sophomore center Bekka Allick had 9 kills with two errors in 14 assaults, two digs and eight blocks, 4 solo.

There’s one rotation the place the Huskers’ entrance line consists of Jackson, Reilly and Murray, whose final of her 21 kills was the match ender.

“The Massive Ten season is the Massive Ten season. Each crew goes to place up their finest struggle in opposition to us, and that’s precisely what they did,” Murray mentioned. “You realize, you’ve simply received to be taught to struggle by way of the unhealthy and that’s what we did. That wasn’t our greatest match and we fought by way of it and that’s what you’re going to should do within the Massive Ten.”

Hudson, the sophomore exterior, had two blocks and three digs to go together with her 19 kills. Raven Colvin had seven kills however hit unfavorable however had seven blocks. Freshman setter Taylor Anderson, who later was rotated with graduate switch Lorrin Poulter, a kill in her solely strive, 37 assists, three blocks and 6 digs. The opposite Purdue freshman, exterior Kenna Wollard, struggled with six kills however 5 errors, however had she had 4 blocks. And senior libero Maddie Schermerhorn had 19 digs, three assists and two aces.

Nebraska hit .311; Purdue .229. Purdue held a 15-12 blocks benefit.

“I assumed we’d play exhausting, I assumed we’d actually compete and felt like we’d play fairly nicely,” Purdue coach Dave Shondell mentioned. “I simply didn’t know if we’d have sufficient to beat this crew, which most individuals contemplate the primary or second finest crew in America.

“We may very well be rather a lot higher.”

Murray, who’s from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Chicoine, from the following city over from right here, Lafayette, are outdated pals who’ve performed on USA groups collectively and gone at it on the highest ranges in membership.

Nebraska goes to Indiana on Saturday, whereas Purdue is house Sunday for Northwestern.

“We had been so shut, we had been proper there, particularly in that second set,” mentioned Chicoine, recalling that the Boilermakers had been up 15-10. “We didn’t capitalize once we had been up … That might have been the distinction maker, nevertheless it simply exhibits we will cling with anyone.”


John Shondell left the crew final week. He’d been his brother’s assistant coach for 20 years.

“John resigned for private causes and as he instructed me he was actually trying ahead to spending much more time together with his household,” Dave Shondell mentioned. “I don’t assume there’s ever been a coach, an assistant coach at Purdue, who’s given extra to the college and to the gamers than what John has.

“So we’ll should regroup, we’ll have to maneuver on and to date our gamers are responding very nicely to the brand new scenario.”

Kathy Jewell, additionally in her twenty first season with Shondell, stays the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator. Michael Bouril is in his fourth season as a Purdue assistant.

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