Purdue and Penn State are currently separated by just one win, with the Boilermakers ranking fourth with eight wins and five losses and the Nittany Lions sitting in third place with nine victories and three defeats – before Sunday’s encounter, Penn State will battle division leaders Nebraska on Friday.
Coming from back-to-back losses to Illinois and Wisconsin in the last six days, Purdue will return home on Sunday looking for a victory that would, at a minimum, bring them closer to Penn State in the standings. The Boilermakers have four wins and two losses in home conference matches this season and won the last four duels they played at the Holloway Gymnasium.
Purdue have topped Penn State on the road 3-1 in the first round of Big Ten conference play, two weeks ago, but have only ten wins in 69 matches against their opponents in Big Ten history.
Sophomore outside hitter Eva Hudson, who registered a double-double with 18 kills and 11 digs in a 3-1 loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday, and freshman setter Taylor Anderson, who produced 37 assists and six digs in the same match, are some of Purdue’s weapons this weekend.