Purdue Calumet Sweeps Crosstown Rival Calumet College, 3-0

PUC-Sweeps-Crosstown-Rival-Calumet-College-3-0The Purdue University Calumet volleyball team stormed to its second conference victory of the season with a 3-0 sweep over crosstown rival Calumet College of St. Joseph at the Dennis and Leslie Rittenmeyer Center Thursday night.

The Peregrines (5-7, 2-2 CCAC) defeated the Crimson Wave (3-10, 0-4 CCAC) in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 25-17, to snap a two-game losing streak and win its first conference road match of the season.

“I liked our poise and energy tonight,” Head Coach Julie Wiejak said of the effort. “I thought our offense was very good. We worked on blocking all day at practice yesterday, and it showed in tonight’s match.”

The Black and Gold were led by sophomore outside hitter Gabrielle Martin (DeMotte, Ind./Kankakee Valley), who notched 11 kills and a .376 hitting percentage, while senior middle hitter Akeelah Muhammad (Chicago Heights, Ill./Bloom Township/Kishwaukee) racked up nine kills and a match high .400 attack percentage.

Sophomore Carissa Jones (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll) and freshman Jenna Pasko (Lansing, Ill./T.F. South) added seven kills each for the offensive attack.

Sophomore setter Carley Bartolini (Portage, Ind./Chesterton) recorded 27 assists and libero Samantha Basar (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) added 13 digs to round out the Peregrines’ leaders.

For the Crimson Wave, Nicole Gill had six kills, Randi Story added 16 assists and Gill and Julyssa Saez each had 11 digs in the setback.

The Peregrines will be back in action this Saturday, when they host a tri-match with Indiana East and Governors State at the Fitness and Rec Center.

IU East and Governors State will face off at 1 p.m., followed by the Peregrines’ matches at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.