The Baker University Wildcats put an end to the most successful Bobcat volleyball season in over ten years Saturday night in Baldwin City, Kan. In the first round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) postseason tournament, the Wildcats swept Peru State 25-16, 27-25, 25-15 and moved on to the HAAC semifinals on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats' season ended with a 21-14 record, the most wins since 2002 when Peru State won 28 matches.
Only Bre Brandt (Papillion) finished with double digits in kills as she had a game-high 18 kills. Brandt hit a respectable .268 and took 56 swings in the match, while committing only three errors. Carrie Lierz (Holton, Kan.) added eight kills while hitting a team-high .350.
Courtney Jurek (Bellevue) and Hope Harsh (Cassoday, Kan.) had 19 and 12 assists respectively.
Jordyn Lukasiewicz (Farwell) had the only service ace for Peru State in the match.
Mallory Hull (Morse Bluff) finished with a game-high 24 digs against Baker. Brandt and Jurek both had double-doubles to go with their hitting and setting efforts as Brandt had 14 digs while Jurek added ten.
Brittany Peterson (Orem, Utah) and Lindsey Nelson (Granite Bay, Calif.) each were credited with one block assist.
Bobcat head coach Melvin Balogh, while disappointed the season had ended, was pleased with his team's season-long performance. Balogh said, "The last whistle blew. Truly blessed, (this is) best season I have ever had it has nothing to do with the success on the scoreboard. Best group of young ladies – they worked hard, had fun and played with poise and discipline. The season is over, but it not time to put the claws away…it is time to sharpen them so they can dig in deeper and make more damage next year."