Volleyball Tops Purdue, 3-1, Saturday
Nov. 1, 2003
EAST LANSING, Mich. - With 29 kills, Kim Schram led Michigan State volleyball to a 3-1 win against Purdue Saturday in Jenison Field House, 23-30, 30-16, 32-30, 30-23. The Spartans are now 15-7 overall and 7-5 in Big Ten play, while Purdue drops to 12-11 on the season and 5-7 in league matches.
"We played well," said head coach Chuck Erbe. "It was great to see the effort we made tonight. Friday's match was really solid; we were pretty much in control the whole way. Tonight, we had to manage some downturns and we did that."
Schram's 29 kills are the third time in the last three matches she has recorded 20-plus kills in a match; Saturday, she also contributed nine digs, a service ace and a block solo. Senior middle Jenny Rood and junior Sara Villwock each had 14 kills on the night. Villwock added 17 digs and three block assists, while Rood had seven block assists. Nikki Colson, MSU's senior setter, had 61 assists, 16 digs and four block assists, while libero Marley Bellwood contributed 17 digs.
"We've followed our game plan well and that was the difference," said Schram. "It's exciting to go into Michigan on Wednesday with two wins in a row. We can carry that excitement; it's kind of nice to play so soon after a big win like this."
The Spartans posted better numbers than Purdue in every category except service aces, with 77 kills on .272 hitting, 70 assists, 84 digs and 12.5 total blocks. Purdue hit .132 on the night with 47 kills on 167 attacks. MSU held the Boilermakers to -.057 hitting in the second game. Purdue's Kim Cappa and Leah Wischmeier had 15 and 14 kills, respectively, while setter Renata Dargan added 38 assists.
"It's great to have two wins in a row, finally," said Colson. "I really think this is going to be a huge momentum swing for us. This is a confidence builder and gives us some excitement. It's a great accomplishment for us to come out and finish a game."
After defeating Indiana 3-0 Friday, MSU's win Saturday against Purdue marked the first Big Ten weekend sweep of the season for the Spartans. "We needed to go 2-0 on the weekend," said Erbe. "That was our goal and what we talked about all week long. It wasn't just to put some separation between us and some other teams, but also to build confidence."
The Spartans travel to Michigan (16-7, 8-4 Big Ten) Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Ann Arbor. The Spartans lost to Michigan, 3-0, on Oct. 1.
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