PERU – The first set did not look good for the Peru State volleyball team as the visiting Mount Mercy (Iowa) Mustangs pretty much had their way with the Bobcats as they won 25-12.
However, after an “inspired” pep talk by their graduate assistant coach, the ‘Cats came back to life in the second set which sparked the fire for the rest of the match.
Peru State took the second set 25-18, then dropped the third set 25-22 before taking the fourth set by the same score. This set up the fifth and deciding set.
The Mustangs actually jumped out to an 8-3 advantage before the teams switched courts and Peru State was back on their winning side. The Bobcats slowly climbed back into the set and went on a 12-3 run to win 15-11.
While neither team’s hitting percentage was very impressive, it was each team’s defense that was a major factor. Peru State hit just .134 while Mount Mercy hit .124. But, as noted, the defense of both came up huge as the Mustangs finished the match with 126 digs and the ‘Cats had 122.
In addition, the Bobcats were credited with 11 total blocks while Mount Mercy had five. Peru State added eight service aces with seven errors while the Mustangs had three service aces and five errors.
Claire Cudney had a career-high effort defensively as she had 51 digs in the match – over 40% of her team’s total.
With the win, the ‘Cats improved to 9-15 on the year and 5-7 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). The Mustangs dropped to 16-11 overall and 5-9 in conference play.
The ‘Cats will be hosting Clarke (Iowa) at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Al Wheeler Center in the “Community Peru Day” event. The Pride have won three in a row and are now 21-6 overall and 9-4 in the Heart.