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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Bobcat VB scores 20th win with sweet sweep

  • It was a surprising three-set sweep, but it was sweet as the Peru State volleyball team topped Graceland University Tuesday night at the Al Wheeler Activity Center. The ‘Cats took care of business by winning 27-25, 25-19, 25-23.
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  • It was a surprising three-set sweep, but it was sweet as the Peru State volleyball team topped Graceland University Tuesday night at the Al Wheeler Activity Center. The ‘Cats took care of business by winning 27-25, 25-19, 25-23.
    With the win, the Bobcats improved to 20-12 overall and 3-4 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference while Graceland fell to 19-8 and 4-4 in the HAAC.
    The 20th win in 2013 is the most wins for a Peru State volleyball team since the 2002 season.
    Game Statistics
    It was a well-fought match which saw long rallies and some excellent defense by both teams. The Bobcats hit .250 during the match, well above the .161 Graceland had been holding their opponents to in earlier matches. On the other side, Graceland only hit .130, in part due to Peru State’s defense, well below their season average of .202.
    The Bobcats had a balanced hitting attack and were led by Bre Brandt (Papillion) who finished with eight kills. Lindsey Nelson (Granite Bay, Calif.) and Carrie Lierz (Holton, Kan.) each finished with seven kills as Nelson finished hitting a game-high .600. Nelson nailed her seven kills on just ten attempts with one error. Brittany Peterson (Orem, Utah) finished with five kills on the night.
    Courtney Jurek (Bellevue) and Hope Harsh (Cassoday, Kan.) led the team in setting with 15 and 12 assists respectively.
    Jurek led the team with three service aces with Angie Bowers (Alda) and Jordyn Lukasiewicz (Farwell) each added one.
    Lukasiewicz led the team with 12 digs with Brandt and Mallory Hull (Morse Bluff) each contributing ten.
    Peterson and Brandt each had one solo block with Peterson adding four block assists. Sarah Mertens (Lincoln), Nelson, and Lierz each added two block assists while Rachael West (El Dorado, Kan.) and Harsh each had one.
    Upcoming Matches
    The Bobcats have two regular season matches remaining – both in the HAAC. On Friday, Peru State will travel to Canton, Mo., where they will face the Culver-Stockton Wildcats in a match beginning at 7 p.m. Currently, the Wildcats are 21-9 overall and are tied with Peru State in the HAAC with a 3-4 mark. On Tuesday, the Wildcats upset Missouri Valley College on the Vikings’ home court.
    Next Tuesday, the Bobcats will host the Benedictine College Ravens beginning at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, the Ravens fell at home against Baker University and fell to 10-19 overall and 3-5 in the HAAC.
    As of now, the ‘Cats have assured themselves of post-season HAAC play which will begin on Saturday, Nov. 9. Who and where they will play will be dependent upon the outcome of their next two matches. Peru State could be as high as fourth or as low as eighth in the final conference standings.
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