Courtesy of Bowling Green Athletic Communications
NOTRE DAME, Ind.—The Bowling Green State University volleyball team finished the Golden Dome Invitational on Sunday, falling to 22nd-ranked Purdue in three sets. The Falcons, who fall to 1-4 on the season, will next play at the Inntowner Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin next weekend. Senior setter Laura Avila was named to the all-tournament team, as she contributed 55 assists and 22 digs in the three matches.
The Falcons scored the first point of the match, as senior Kaitlyn Skinner would record a kill to give BGSU a 1-0 lead. Purdue would settle into the match quickly, as they would score 10 consecutive points to take a 10-1 lead. That run would include five kills from Purdue's Val Nichol. Skinner would end the run of 10 straight by the Boilermakers with her second kill of the set. After falling behind 10-1, the Falcons would go on a run, as they would score 14 of the next 19 points to tie the set at 15 points apiece. The 14-5 run for the Orange and Brown would be aided by five kills and two services aces, which came from seniors Ashley Dunn and Danielle Tonyan.
Purdue would score three consecutive points to retake an 18-15 lead, as the Falcons would commit two straight attack errors following a Boilermaker kill. Bowling Green would force Purdue into a timeout, trailing just 22-21, as the Falcons fought back on the strength of two Lindsey Butterfield kills. Out of the timeout, Jelena Sunjic and Paige Penrod would record back-to-back kills to give the Falcons a 23-22 lead in the first set. Two errors and a Falcon kill would put the set into a deadlock at 24 points, before a Penrod kill gave the Falcons a 25-24 lead. Once the Falcons took the lead and forced the first set into set point, Purdue would respond with back-to-back kills to force the Falcons into a timeout, trailing 26-25. Out of the timeout, the Falcons would commit an attack error, giving Purdue the 27-25 win in the first set.
The Falcons would start slowly again in the second set, as they fell behind by scores of 5-1 and 11-5 before mounting their comeback. The Orange and Brown would come roaring back, scoring nine of the next 12 points to even the set at 14 points. The strong play would be helped by five kills, including four that came from Butterfield, Penrod, and Tonyan. With an 18-18 set, the Falcons would get consecutive kills to force Purdue into a timeout, leading 20-18. Out of the timeout, Bowling Green would extend the lead to three points, at 21-18. Once again, the Falcons led by a point late in a set—this time, 23-22—but the Boilermakers would close the set with three consecutive points for a 25-23 win in set two.
The Boilermakers would jump out to a quick start in the third set, as well, as the only time the Falcons led was at 1-0. Purdue would jump out to a 9-4 lead before BGSU closed to 10-8, but that would be the closest the Falcons would come the rest of the set, as the Orange and Brown would fall 25-16 in the final set.
Only two Falcons recorded double digits kills, as Tonyan had 12 and Sunjic had 10 on Sunday. Avila, a member of the all-tournament team, recorded a double-double—13 kills and 10 digs.
The Falcons will now return to Bowling Green to begin preparations for the Inntowner Invitational at Wisconsin. They'll face Milwaukee (Friday, September 13, 4:30 p.m.), Kansas (Saturday, September 14, 1 p.m.), and the host Wisconsin (Saturday, September 14, 7 p.m.) in the tournament.