Peru State Volleyball Squad Takes Part in Historic Match at UNK
KEARNEY, NE - The Peru State volleyball team was a part of history Wednesday night as the University of Nebraska-Kearney broke the Division II regular season attendance record with 4,003 people on hand. The No. 10 Lopers defeated the Bobcats in three sets to complete the sweep.
The Lopers improve to 5-0 on the year and the game was an exhibition match for the Bobcats so their record remains at 5-5.
Below is a breakdown of how the three-set match went…
In the first set, Peru State were able to get help from UNK as the Lopers had four straight attacking errors as the Bobcats were up 4-1. The Lopers were able to get their lead back up 7-5. The Bobcats were hanging tough in the first set trailing 9-7.
UNK then went on a 9-0 run to take a commanding 18-7 lead. The Bobcats would only score three more points as the Lopers won the first set 25-10.
The Lopers were able to start out with a commanding lead as they were leading 6-1 early in the second. Kearney started the set on a 14-4 run before the Bobcats were able to halt the run with an ace from Erison Vonderschmidt (Falls City), kills from Shealie Wiebers (Papillion), Kalyssa Fox (Casa Grande, Ariz.) and some errors from the Lopers as the Bobcats were able to get the score within six trailing 16-10.
UNK then went on a 6-2 run to extend its lead out to 22-12. Kills from Vonderschmidt and Wiebers plus an ace from Rylee Hellbusch (Plattsmouth) helped the Bobcats cut the lead slightly but would lose the set 25-17.
The third set between the Bobcats and the Lopers would be the closest set of the match as they were tied 6-6 early after an ace from Olivia Gordon (Oskaloosa, Iowa). Kearney took a 10-7 lead before the Bobcats went on a 4-0 run to take an 11-10 lead with three straight kills from Wiebers.
The Bobcats would have an 11-3 run to go up 18-13 on the Lopers with help of UNK errors and a kill from Khami Itzen (Lincoln). The Lopers then went on a 5-0 run to tie the set at 18.
Peru State would hold one more lead after a kill from Regan Osterhaus (Wetmore, Kan.). UNK won the third set 25-21 and won the match 3-0.
Here's what head coach Madison Kindle had to say about the atmosphere on Wednesday night…
"Such a great experience getting to compete in front of 4,003 fans tonight!," said coach Kindle. "There is no place like the state of Nebraska."
Wiebers led the team in kills with seven, Vonderschmidt finished with four and Fox had two. Osterhaus had two blocks to lead the way for the Bobcats.
Gordon finished with nine assists while Hellbusch had eight. Chantal Paniagua led the team in digs with ten.
Peru State opens conference play this Friday, September 8, as they take on the Mount Mercy Mustangs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.