PERU, NE - Peru State volleyball fell to the William Penn Statesmen in a 5-set match on Saturday afternoon in the AWAC. The Bobcats are 3-14 in the Heart of America Conference and 8-22 overall. The Bobcats celebrated their six seniors prior to the match.  

The Bobcats started the match with a kill by Elli Williams (JR., OIathe, KS) followed by a kill from Erison Vonderschmidt (FR., Falls City, NE) and a block by Vonderschmidt and Addison Schneider helping the Bobcats go point for point with their foe until the Statesmen were able to take a 14-7 lead. Strong defense and kills by Erison Vonderschmidt and Elli Williams helped the Bobcats start to close the gap, but WP was able to pull out a win in the set with a score of 25-21.  

In the second set, the Bobcats came out on fire with strong serves from Allie Schneider, getting multiple aces, and back-to-back kills from Kalyssa Fox (JR., Casa Grande, AZ). Even though the Statesmen were able to make their way back to keep the game close, aces by Chantal Paniagua and a big block by Erison Vonderschmidt and Addison Schneider and a final kill by Allie Schneider finished off the set for a Bobcat win, 27-25.  

The Bobcats had a rough start to the third set, letting the Statesmen get a 5-1 lead, but a series of strong serves and back-to-back aces from Sidney Peck (Sr., Manitoba, Canada) closed the gap for the team. The Bobcats kept fighting through the set with Kalyssa FoxKeiley Hein and Erison Vonderschmidt getting multiple kills. Peru kept the game close with kills and a block by Elli Williams assisted by Allie Schneider but the Statesmen pulled ahead, winning the set 25-23.  

Allie Schneider started the fourth set off with a service ace. Even with big kills and strong serves by Sidney Peck, the Bobcats found themselves in a 17-12 deficit. The Bobcats didn't give up and hard serves and undefendable kills from Allie Schneider brought the Bobcats back with a service ace from Sidney Peck, winning the set for the Bobcats , 25-22.  

The Bobcats came out fighting hard in the fifth set, keeping the score close. Elli Williams came out with a kill and a block assisted by Kalyssa FoxKeiley Hein had some big kills as the Bobcats fought throughout the set. Even though the Bobcats never gave up their fight, the Statesmen took the win, 15-10. 

Erison Vonderschmidt (FR., Falls City, NE) led the Bobcats with eleven kills and 20 digs on the day. Keiley Hein (SR., Omaha, NE) also tallied eleven kills and twelve digs for the match.  Kalyssa Fox had ten kills for the Bobcats. Addison Schneider (SO., Humphrey, NE) tallied six blocks for the Bobcats, Allie Schneider and Elli Williams also tallied four blocks for the Bobcats. Chantal Paniagua (SR., Santo Domingo, D.R.) added 21 digs.  Allie Schneider (SR., Humphrey, NE) had ten digs and 40 assists. 

Next: The Bobcats take on the Graceland Yellowjackets in Lamoni, IA, on Tuesday, October 31. The first serve is at 5:00pm for Varsity Reserve followed by Varsity at 7:00pm.