2021 Peru State volleyball

Nebraska City News-Press

One of the main goals for the Peru State volleyball team in 2021 is to have a winning record. In addition, another goal will be making the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) post-season tournament. 

In the COVID year, the team was only able to play 18 total games. The Bobcats finished with a 3-15 overall record and a 2-10 in the Heart.

With the majority of the starters returning, the 'Cats are looking for improvement. Also, Peru State wants to have a berth in the post-season conference tournament.

Key Loss

The key loss for the Bobcats is going to be Tyra Mollhoff (Lincoln). They are going to have to replace 69 kills and 17 blocks from her last season campaign. Mollhoff was second on the team in kills and blocks in the short season.

Returners

The Bobcats are returning the majority of our starters for 2021 and two of the seniors opted to return this fall. Jaddy Duarte (Brasilia, Brazil) is set to return for her senior season. Last season she earned all-conference recognition, as she led the team in kills and in blocks and is looking to do the same going into the 2021 season.

Cheyenne Birkle (Holden Colo.) is set to have a big senior year leading the Bobcats in digs with 263 last season. Birkle was also third on the team in total services aces with 15. With the production that she had last season, who is the second Bobcat who is returning that had all-conference recognition.

Mattie Nichols (Auburn, Neb.) led the 'Cats in service aces as a freshman with 23. Nichols will be looking to be a big threat in the 2021 season serving for Peru State.

Cassie Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Dawson Sharman (Sidney) are two Bobcats whom were seniors last season, but due to the free year everyone got last season, both have decided on opting back in for the 2021 season. Davis and Sharman have 255 total games played which should help with experience on the court.  

Other returners that got significant playing time during the 2020 season include: Haley VanLeuven (Elgin, Ore.), Ofaloto Moungaafi (West Valley City, Utah), Hannia Rios (Toa Baja, P.R.), Jamie Copenharve (Omaha), Hannah Burianek (Lincoln), Sidney Peck (Manitoba, Canada), Paige Crouch (Holton, Kan.) and Alyssa Bock (Plattmouth). Other returner who has significant playing time in a Bobcat uniform is Alexandra Chavarria (Hollister, Calif.).

Newcomers

The incoming freshman class for Peru State is a nice one. The Bobcats are bringing in 14 freshman: opposite Kylee Fischer (Bellevue), setter Rylee Hellbusch (Plattsmouth), opposite Ella Matthies (Omaha), middle Aaliyah Narvaez (San Jose, Calif.), middle Tiana Cornist (Bellevue), defensive specialist Sam Ingram (Topeka, Kan.), defensive specialist Brooklyn Wiggins (Bountiful, Utah), setter Catie Kukta (North Salt Lake, Utah), middle Eli Williams (Olathe, Kan.), opposite Abby Welch (Arvado, Colo.), opposite Kadence Lieser (Lincoln), middle Avary Johnson (Kansas City, Mo.), outside Katie Mendick (Bellevue, Neb.), and opposite Lauren Moubray (Mission, Texas).

For the complete Peru State Volleyball Roster please go to: https://pscbobcats.com/sports/womens-volleyball/roster

Pre-Season Polls

The Bobcats are picked 12th in the conference's preseason poll which ranked all 14 teams as a conference, rather than by division.

Park (Mo.) is picked to win the title for the second consecutive year. The rest of the top five contending for the 2021 women's volleyball title are in order of rankings: Grand View (Iowa), Central Methodist (Mo.), Evangel (Mo.), and MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.),

2021 Schedule

As of now the schedule looks like a normal volleyball schedule. The Bobcats will start the season in Hutchinson, Kan. for the KCAC Fall Fling on August 20th. Peru State will not be at home until they face conference opponent Culver-Stockton (Mo.) on September 6th. On September 10th and 11th the 'Cats host their Fall Bobcat Classic.

The complete schedule can be found at https://pscbobcats.com/sports/womens-volleyball/schedule

Junior Varsity

This will be the second season with the junior varsity team. They will play approximately 23 contests. There will be no charge for junior varsity games which are played on individual nights. However, most will be help prior to a varsity competition.

Coaching Staff

Laurie Felderman is beginning her fifth full season as the Bobcat Head Coach.

Felderman will be assisted this year by Brittany Harward, a Peru State alum and graduate in 2015. Harward played for the volleyball team in 2012-2014, played for the women's basketball team in 2013-2015, and during the 2014-2015 season she played softball.

In addition, former Bobcat Arianna Waschkowski will serve as a student assistant.