‘Dons Break From Match Play For Midweek Match With Toledo


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FORT WAYNE, Ind .– The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will be taking a break from non-league tournaments to host the Toledo Rockets at Gates Sports Center on Tuesday, September 14th.

Matchday information
Video: ESPN +
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Series history: Mastodon lead 8-4
Last meeting: 08/26/2017 | W, 3-1 | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Toledo

Know your enemy
Toledo is 7-2, with their only losses coming to Virginia Tech (3-0) and Valparaiso (3-2). The Rockets have two 3-0 wins against Horizon League members IUPUI and Youngstown State. Taylor Alt leads Toledo with 3.67 kills per set, with two setters splitting offense duties into Elaine Redman (6.73 assists per set) and Payton Morman (4.57 assists per set). Ryann Jaqua is on the defensive this season with 4.87 strokes per set.

A household name
Toledos Ryann Jaqua is the younger sister of the former mastodon Madison Jaqua. Madison recorded 4,342 assists and 1,034 digs in her four-year career for the Mastodons from 2015-18. Ryann was an underdog in her first season at Toledo, but switched to the DS / Libero role before the 2021 season.

Saturday night five
The Mastodons have already played three five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State and Liberty). This is more than the entire Spring 2021 season as the ‘Dons only had one thing: a 3-2 loss at Green Bay.

Big 50
Katie Crowe has five doubles for 50 in her career this season. She had three straight games against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). Then she returned to her double-double paths with one in Western Michigan with 15 kills and 12 diggs. She recorded her 50th double-double against Old Dominion with 21 kills and 10 digs.

Hello, my name is Claire and I will be your server
Claire Pape had five aces in the Mastodons match in Liberty (Sept. 11), which included a stretch in the fifth set as she rattled off three aces in a row. Her five aces were the most of a mastodon in a match since Katie Crowe had six against Youngstown State last spring.

Ace ace baby
Purdue Fort Wayne had 14 aces against Old Dominion on Saturday, September 11th.

Take a Michi-Gander in this game
The Mastodons took their first win of the season in Western Michigan on September 4th. The Broncos won the Discover Kalamazoo Classic, but the ‘Dons were the only team to beat them over the weekend. Katie Crowe led the ‘Dons with 15 kills and 12 excavations while Ramei Jackson had 13 kills with a .550 hitting clip. Rachael Crucis 19 attacks unearthed while both Madison Gates and Nicole Jones recorded doubles doubles.

Series history
Purdue Fort Wayne has an 8-4 lead over the Rockets and dates back to their first matchup in 1982. The last match took place in 2017 when the ‘Dons beat the Rockets 3-1. Katie Crowe was the leader of the team with 21 kills in a four-set match.

Last time off
The Mastodons won 2-1 at the Liberty Invitational over the weekend, beating hosts Liberty Flames in five straight sets. Purdue Fort Wayne dropped two matches against Navy and Old Dominion. Katie Crowe was appointed to the Liberty Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Purdue Fort Wayne has a big task ahead of them at the Stacey Clark Classic, with two matches against Power Five schools: SEC # 22 Tennessee and Big Ten Powerhouse # 9 Purdue. The ‘Dons will also face Jacksonville State. These four teams will play in West Lafayette, Indiana.

~ Feel the rumble ~