PERU, NE - The Peru State Volleyball team had two conference home matches this weekend. The Bobcats fell to the Mount Mercy Mustangs on Friday, October 20, in a 4-set match. The next day, the Bobcats beat the Clarke Pride in a 4-set match. The Bobcats are now 8-19 overall and 3-11 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Peru State vs Mount Mercy
In the first set against the Mustangs, the Bobcats started off with a kill By Kalyssa Fox (JR., Casa Grande, AZ). Though the Mustangs went on to a 12-4 lead, the Bobcats kept fighting with big kills from Addison Schneider (SO., Humphrey, NE), Keiley Hein (SR., Omaha, NE) and Elli Williams (JR., Olathe, KS). The Bobcats were able to close the deficit to 17-14. Despite their efforts, the Mustangs won the set 25-18.

The Bobcats came out in the second set starting off with a kill By Elli Williams from Allie Schneider (SR., Humphrey, NE) in the first play of the game. The Bobcats went point for point with the Mustangs. Keiley HeinErison Vonderschmidt (FR., Falls City, NE) and Elli Williams had a few big plays throughout the set, but the Mustangs managed to take the lead. The Mustangs took the second set with a score of 25-16.

In the third set, the Bobcats came out fighting, taking a 5-2 lead. Kills by Addison SchneiderReagan Osterhaus (JR., Wetmore, KS) and Erison Vonderschmidt, helped the Bobcats fight point for point with the Mustangs. A kill by Keiley Hein sealed the deal for the Bobcats in the third set, winning the set 27-25.

The Bobcats started the fourth set strong with a kill by Keiley Hein. The Bobcats and the Mustangs went point for point with kills by Addison Schneider and Keiley Hein, not letting the Mustangs run away with a lead. Big kills from Erison Vonderschmidt blocks by Addison Schneider and Allie Schneider, kept the Bobcats fighting, but the Mustangs pulled away with a win in the set of 25-20.

Erison Vonderschmidt (FR., Falls City, NE) led the Bobcats with ten kills on the night. Addison Schneider had nine kills and six blocks for the Bobcats.  Keiley Hein (SR., Omaha, NE) also tallied nine kills each for the match. Chantal Paniagua (SR., Santo Domingo, D.R.) had 17 digs for the Bobcats. Alyssa Bock (SR., Plattsmouth, NE) also tallied 17 digs on the night. Allie Schneider (SR., Humphrey, NE) added thirteen digs with 36 assists.

Peru State vs Clarke
The Bobcats started the first set going point for point with the Pride. Addison Schneider had multiple kills and several blocks assisted by Erison Vonderschmidt and Allie Schneider to get the Bobcats a 7-3 lead over the Pride. Back-to-back kills by Keiley Hein and several kills by Erison Vonderschmidt and Addison Schneider helped the Bobcats keep their lead all the way to the end with a kill by Reagan Osterhaus sealing the deal in the first set. The Bobcats won the set with a score of 25-22.

In the second set, the Bobcats had a slow start, letting the Pride get an 8-2 lead. Even with strong serves from Katelyn Shaw, kills by Erison Vonderschmidt and big blocks by Addison SchneiderAllie Schneider and Elli Williams, the Pride won the set 25-18.

The Bobcats came out swinging in the third set along with building a wall of blocks against the Pride. Allie Schneider had strong serves taking the Bobcats all the way to a 14-8 lead. Kills from Kennedy Miller (JR., Plattsmouth, NE) were the Bobcats next three points. Back-to-back kills from Allie Schneider, a big block from Kalyssa Fox and Kennedy Miller and a final kill by Kalyssa Fox won the set for the Bobcats with a score of 25-20.

In the fourth set, Kennedy Miller and Keiley Hein came out with a big block to start the set. Strong serves from Keiley Hein and kills by Kalyssa Fox and Kennedy Miller gave the Bobcats a 16-11 lead over the Pride. The Pride couldn't seem to figure out how to stop the strong swings from Addison Schneider and Allie Schneider. A last kill from Erison Vonderschmidt finished the game and the match, 25-18.

Addison Schneider (SO., Humphrey, NE) led the Bobcats with ten kills and eight blocks on the night.  Erison Vonderschmidt (FR., Falls City, NE) also tallied ten kills each for the match. Allie Schneider (SR., Humphrey, NE) had seven kills and 38 assists for the Bobcats. Kennedy Miller also tallied five kills and four blocks during the match.
Chantal Paniagua (SR., Santo Domingo, D.R.) added 24 digs, with Alyssa Bock (SR., Plattsmouth, NE) adding fourteen digs. Keiley Hein (SR., Omaha, NE) also eleven fourteen digs while also four blocks for the Bobcats.

Next: The Bobcats take on the Culver-Stockton Wildcats in Canton, MO, at the Charles Field House on Tuesday, October 24. The first serve is scheduled for 6:00pm.