(Peru, Neb.)—On Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, the Peru State volleyball team was swept by Benedictine and Baker respectively. The Bobcats are now 5-11 overall and 2-4 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play.
Due to there not being a play-by-play for the game against the Ravens this part of the recap will just be the scores and individual statistics.
The Bobcats kept it tight for the first set but ultimately ended up losing in a deuce situation losing the set 27-25. The next set was tight but the Ravens ultimately pulled away winning set two 25-17. The final set the Ravens flexed their muscle winning the match 25-12 and sweeping the 'Cats 3-0.
Allie Schneider (Humphrey) and Katie Mendick (Bellevue) were tied for kills with eight apiece and Michelle Beer (Salem) finished behind them with five. Schneider led the way in aces with three and Olivia Gordon (Oskaloosa, Iowa) had one.
Beer led the way in blocks with two, while Kennedy Miller (Plattsmouth) and Kylee Fischer (Bellevue) each had one. Gordon and Schneider were tied in assists with 11, while Beer had two. Mattie Nichols (Auburn) led the way in digs with 16, Chantal Paniagua (Santo Domingo, D.R.) and Schneider each had six.
Peru State vs. Baker
On Saturday, September 24, the volleyball team traveled to Baldwin City, Kan., to take on the Baker Wildcats. Here is how each set went.
The Bobcats started out hot in the first set as they were up 4-0. Then the Wildcats came back to make it a one-point game at 5-4. Peru State tried to pull away as a few Wildcat errors had them up 8-5.
The Wildcats and the Bobcats then would go back-and-forth as a kill by the Wildcats would make the score 10-10 before the Wildcats tried to pull away leading 13-10 in the first. Then kills by Schneider, Fischer and Mendick helped the 'Cats tie the game again at 14 all.
A 5-1 run by Baker had them take a 19-15 lead late in the first set. The 'Cats would get back within two a few times but ultimately Baker closed out the first set 25-20.
In the second set it was the Wildcats who started hot as they led 9-4 early in the second. Then a 5-2 run by the Bobcats with kills from Schneider, Miller and Beer had the Bobcats down only two, trailing 11-9.
Baker then would go on a 5-2 run of their own as they led 16-11. Later in the second set the Bobcats would get it within two points again with kills by Mendick, Miller and Schneider. Peru State now trailed 21-19. A kill by Beer would get the Bobcats within one as they trailed 22-21. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would not score again as the Wildcats took set two 25-21.
Baker got off to another good start in the third set as they led 5-1. Then kills by Beer and Krise had Peru State within a point trailing 5-4. The Wildcats tried to pull away early as they would have a few three-point leads.
Then a couple of kills by Schneider and an ace by Nichols had the Bobcats trailing 11-9. The Wildcats would then an extend out their lead to four leading 13-9. Then Schneider had a kill and three aces in a row to tie the game at 13 all.
The Bobcats and Wildcats then would trade points all the way up until it was tied at 17 apiece. A kill by Miller and Schneider had the Bobcats take a 19-17 lead. Baker would work their way back into the game as they tied it at 24 all.
Miller then had a kill as Peru State took a 25-24 lead. Unfortunately, a 3-0 run by Baker had them win the deuce game as they won the set 27-25 and won the match 3-0.
Schneider led the way in kills with 10, Miller and Beer finished behind her with seven each. Schneider had five aces in the match, while Nichols and Gordon each finished with one. Beer had two blocks while Miller and Fischer each had one.
Gordon led the way in assists with 17, Schneider finished with 13 and Nichols finished with one. Nichols led the way in digs with 17, Paniagua had nine and Schneider had eight.
Peru State hits the road to face Graceland on Tuesday, September 27, in Lamoni, Iowa. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m.