Purdue sports roundup: Volleyball extends winning streak to eight
WEST LAFAYETTE - The Purdue volleyball team heads into the final week of the regular season on a roll.
The sixth-ranked Boilermakers beat Northwestern 3-1 (25-20, 25-14, 25-27, 25-19), posting their eighth consecutive win with home matches against Indiana on Friday and No. 11 Nebraska on Saturday.
Purdue trails the Huskers and Wisconsin by one game in the Big Ten standings and could earn a piece of the conference title with two victories and a loss by the Badgers. Wisconsin hosts Nebraska on Friday night.
Hayley Bush recorded her 13th straight double-double with 43 assists and 12 digs. Caitlyn Newton produced a .364 hitting efficiency with 21 kills, five assists on 44 swings. Jenna Otec's two aces brought her career total to 159, which is the sixth most in program history.
The Boilermakers couldn't overcome one of their scoring droughts Saturday, dropping a 78-62 decision to Dayton. It's the first loss for head coach Katie Gearlds after the team's 3-0 start.
Sophomore center Ra Shaya Kyle poured in a career-high 20 points, hitting 8 of 14 from the field, and pulled down eight rebounds. Kyle added three blocked shots. Abbey Ellis, Madison Layden and Brooke Moore combined for 31 points but the trio made just 8 of 24 field goals.
Purdue shot 50% in the first half but managed just three field goals and converted only 7 of 14 from the line in the third quarter as the Flyers built a 12-point lead.
The 20th-ranked Boilermakers defeated Brown (42-0, Duke (28-15) and Northern Illinois (28-1) on Sunday to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Five Boilermakers won all three matches - seniors Devin Schroder (125) and Parker Filius (141), juniors Kendall Coleman (157) and Thomas Penola (197), along with freshman Matt Ramos (133).
Swimming & Diving
The men's team won eight events over three days, including victories by Olympians Nikola Aćin and Tyler Downs, to win the Purdue Invitational.
It marks the fourth time the Boilermakers have won the men’s half of the Purdue Invitational. However, it was their first victory at the meet since 2015. The 22nd-ranked Boilermakers outlasted No. 10 Louisville for the title.
Along with Aćin and Downs, Maycey Vieta (platform diving) and the men's 400 free relay team won events Saturday.
Curt Eckstein placed 137th and Emma Tate finished 156th at the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.