Purdue showed why it is the 15th-ranked program in the country as the Boilermakers defeated Utah Saturday in the Utah Classic Invitational Tournament in five games: 25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 25-19 and 15-12.
When it counted the Boilermakers came up with the big plays.
"Both of us were a little up and down at times, but this was a well fought match," said Utah coach Beth Launiere.
Purdue was big and physical and Emillie Toone showed glimmers of taking control with her 6-foot-7 frame. But she explained: "They were figuring me out."
Lori Baird and Toone were both named to the all-tournament team.
The Utes' Kathryn Haynie counted 14 kills and Karolina Bartkowiak and Cinthia Silva each recorded 11. Ute teamwork was working well in game two and three when it looked like the Utes were going to take control. But in the end Launiere explained the biggest problem in the match: "We need to be more consistent.
The Utes begin the conference wars this week traveling to Colorado State and Wyoming.
UTAH STATE 3, PURDUE 2: Melissa Osterloh recorded a season-high 18 kills and Katie Astle added a career-high 10 blocks to lead the Aggies to a shocking five-set win (26-24, 28-26, 12-25, 22-25, 15-10) against No. 15 Purdue in the Utah Classic. The win was Utah State's first of the season as it improves to 1-8 overall, while Purdue falls to 7-1 on the year. Osterloh, a senior outside hitter from Sandy, had six digs and five blocks to go along with her match-high 18 kills. Junior outside hitter Jessalyn Payne added nine kills and hit a career-high .643 (9-0-14) in the match, while senior outside hitter Kris Hymas (South Jordan) posted her first career double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs.
UTAH 3, SAINT LOUIS 0: The Utes cruised to a 25-21, 25-23, 32-30 win against Saint Louis at Crimson Court Saturday morning. Middle blocker Lori Baird had 13 kills, six digs, and five blocks. Cinthia Silva had a team-high 10 digs and also chipped in seven kills to go along with two blocks.
WISCONSIN 3, BYU 2: At Madison, Wis., the No. 23 Cougars gave 14th-ranked Wisconsin all the Badgers could handle before falling in five sets (25-27, 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 10-15) at the InnTowner Invitational. Seniors Bryn Porter and Rachel Dyer were named to the All-Tournament Team. Junior Kayla Walker posted a team-high 13 kills to go along with 10 digs to tally her first double-double of the season.
BYU 3, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 0: The Cougars volleyball team swept Central Michigan (25-22, 25-20, 25-21). Senior co-captain Bryn Porter paced the Cougars in kills for the sixth time this season as she posted 11 winners against the Chippewas. Sophomore Christina Measom came off the bench to post a .700 hitting percentage with eight kills.
UTAH VALLEY 3, IDAHO STATE 0: At Orem, for the second night in a row the Wolverines (2-5) recorded a sweep at home (25-22, 25-17, 26-24) to win the LaQuinta Invitational. Sophomore Kayli Broadbent was named the tournament MVP with 34 kills in two matches. Joining Broadbent on the All-Tournament team from Utah Valley were freshman Chelsey Garfield, junior Allyce Wilson, and senior Kristi Lindley.
WESTMINSTER 3, MONTANA TECH 2: At Salt Lake City, Westminster won (21-25, 25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 15-12) to improve to 2-7 on the season, 2-0 in Frontier Conference action. Sophomores Janelle Kendall and Ericka Evans had career-highs in kills for the Griffins.BLINN CC 3, SLCC 0: At Twin Falls, Idaho, the No. 4 Bruins (20-6) had a tough loss against Blinn Community College, 20-25, 20-25 and 19-25. Despite the loss, sophomore Camilla Phillips had seven kills. Thyele Rechitiko again had 30 assists.