PERU – It was not pretty, except for the pink in the crowd. But it was a win for the Bobcat volleyball team Thursday night as they topped the visiting Culver-Stockton (C-SC) (Mo.) Wildcats in four sets.
Peru State won 14-25, 25-23, 25-21, 28-26 over the Wildcats to improve to 11-19 overall and more importantly to 7-9 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Culver-Stockton fell to 8-21 on the year and 1-17 in conference play.
It was the Side-Out Foundation Dig Pink Night for the contest. Fans were encouraged to wear pink or to pick up a pink ribbon provided by the Student Athlete Advisory Council in support of stage 4 breast cancer research.
Neither team hit the ball well, but that was partially due to each team’s defense. Peru State finished with a .114 hitting percentage while holding the Wildcats below .100 at .075.
Both teams had seven service aces, but the Wildcats finished with eight service errors, compared to five for the Bobcats.
Yorgelys Jaspe was the only Bobcat to finish in double figures in kills as she had 12 while hitting .242. Claire Cudney had a game-high 21 digs. Nadja Janjevic continued to be a terror at the net as she had seven solo blocks and four block assists.
Friday night will be Senior Night for five Bobcat seniors when they host William Penn (Iowa) at 7 p.m. The Statesmen are just behind Peru State in the conference as they are 6-11 in the Heart and 19-14 overall as they have lost their last three matches in a row.