The trip to Canton, Mo., was nearly ten times longer than the match took, but that did
not matter to the Peru State volleyball team as they gained their first sweep of the season.
The Bobcats won their third straight, another first of the season, as they defeated Culver-Stockton (C-SC) 25-20, 25-23, 25-18 to win their eighth match of the year. Peru State is now 8-14 on the season and improved to 4-6 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart).
The Wildcats fell to 7-11 overall and dropped to 1-7 in conference play.
First Set Action
Culver-Stockton jumped to a 3-0 lead before have an attack error which gave the Bobcats their first point. A double block by Mallory Matthies (Omaha) and Nadja Janjevic (Podgorica, Montenegro) pulled Peru State back within one at 3-2. C-SC would later lead 7-4 before two errors by the Wildcats allowed the Bobcats to get back within one. A kill by Kira Shapiro (Omaha) off an assist from Darlene Quinonez Holguin (Las Cruces, N.M.) tied the set for the first time.
The set would be then tied seven more times before Peru State broke the 16-16 tie with a kill by Tyra Mollhoff (Lincoln) on an assist from Taylor Thompson (Norfolk). The Bobcats would then go on for the win which was capped off with a kill by Yorgelys Jaspe (San Carlos, Venezuela) on an assist from Hannah Burianek (Lincoln).
Second Set Action
The second set was close as the final score would note; however, the Bobcats did have an early 9-5 lead which forced a Wildcat timeout. Culver-Stockton would fight its way back and eventually lead 16-14 before Jaspe connected with Burianek for another kill. Another Jaspe kill, this time from Quinonez Holguin, knotted the score at 16 each.
C-SC would regain the lead at 19-18, but Mollhoff came through with the kill to tie it. Janjevic then put down an overpass to give the Bobcats the lead. The Wildcats would come back to tie it once again at 21- 21, but an attack error by C-SC gave Peru State the lead for good. Thompson would get the final point for Peru State off an assist from Burianek.
Third Set Action
Another close beginning started the third set with Culver-Stockton leading at 8-6 before Thompson got the kill from Quinonez Holguin. A block by Janjevic and Shapiro knotted the score before Thompson put the Bobcats ahead for good with another kill. Peru State would lead by four at 17-13 before the Wildcats would close to 18-17.
A ball handling error was then called on C-SC and the Bobcats would then cruise on to win the third set which ended with an attack error on the Wildcats.
Neither team hit the ball particularly well, but the Bobcats were better as they finished with a .182 hitting percentage while C-SC finished at .114.
Culver-Stockton did not have any service aces, but finished with nine errors. Peru State did manage to serve up five aces, but gave up eight points on errors.
The Wildcats did finish with two more digs than Peru State at 45, but the Bobcats out-blocked C-SC eight to five.
Jaspe led the Bobcats with eight kills while Thompson added seven and hit .353. Janjevic contributed six kills.
Quinonez Holguin led the team with 13 assists while Burianek added 11.
Burianek finished with a game-high three service aces while Janjevic and Jaspe each adding one.
Claire Cudney (Marysville, Kan.) had a game-high 13 digs while Jaspe added eight. Janjevic finished with six digs.
Mollhoff had four block assists to lead Peru State in blocking while Janjevic and Shapiro each finished with three block assists. Thompson added two block assists with Cami Ruiz (Bogota, Columbia) finishing with one block assist.
Peru State will be off until next Tuesday when they travel to Lamoni, Iowa, to face Graceland at 7 p.m. The Yellowjackets are 11-16 on the season and 2-8 in the Heart.
Then, the Bobcats will be at home on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, to host Mount Mercy (Iowa) and Clarke (Iowa) respectively. On Friday, the Mustangs and ‘Cats will tangle at 7 p.m. Mount Mercy is presently 14-9 on the year, but only 3-7 in conference play.
On Saturday, the Crusaders and Bobcats will play at 11 a.m. due to Peru State’s ESPN3 football game which will begin at 2:30 p.m. Clarke is at 18-5 on the season and are 6-3 in the Heart.