Four Bobcat Volleyball Players Earn Heart All-Conference

PERU, Neb. – Four Peru State volleyball players were recognized Tuesday for having earned Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) All-Conference honors.

Those earning the recognition were Cristina Viera (Montevideo, Uruguay), Nadja Janjevic (Podgorica, Montenegro), Brooke Rudebusch (Moorpark, Calif.), and Kira Shapiro (Omaha).

Leading the way for the Bobcats was two-time Defender of the Year Cristina Viera (Montevideo, Uruguay). Viera shared Defender of the Year honors with Olivia Brees of Baker (Kan.). In addition, to Defender of the Year honors, Viera was named to the All-Conference First Team.

Janjevic was named to the Heart Second Team while Rudebusch and Shapiro earned honorable mention recognition. Last year Janjevic was a first team selection while Shapiro was honorable mention. Two years ago, both Janjevic and Rudebusch earned honorable mention recognition.

Viera, the 5-6 senior libero, led the Heart in digs per set at 6.7 and was second in total digs with 828. She was also set is service aces per set at 0.4 and tied for third in total service aces with 52. Nationally, at this time, Viera is listed as first in digs per game (6.680), fourth in total digs at 828, and 40th in total service aces with 52.

The 6-0 middle blocker, Janjevic finished tied for eighth in blocks per set at 0.8 and tied for eighth in total blocks with 102. She finished the year with 215 kills while hitting .334 which would have placed her second in the conference for hitting percentage, but she did not have enough attempts per set.

Rudebusch, the 5-11 senior setter, was listed in four different Heart categories. While working in a 6-2 offense, she was 13th in assists per set at 5.2 and 13th in total assists with 611. In addition, Rudebusch was eighth in service aces with 41 and tied for eighth in service aces per set at 0.4.

The 6-0 junior right side hitter – Shapiro – was ninth in hitting percentage at .259, 17th in kills per set at 2.7, and total kills with 332.

Peru State finished the season with a 13-20 overall and was 10-9 in conference action. They finished third in the Heart North Division.

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