FAYETTE, Mo – The Bobcat volleyball team knew they would have their hands full on Saturday when they faced the NAIA’s #4 and #21 teams in Fayette, Mo.
Peru State fell to the hosts #21 Central Methodist (CMU) 25-23, 25-15, 25-18 in Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) play. Then, the ‘Cats fell to the fourth-ranked Columbia Cougars 25-11, 25-18, 25-11 in non-conference play.
With the two losses, the Bobcats fell to 10-19 on the season and 6-9 in the Heart. Central Methodist is now 25-3 overall and 13-2 in conference play. Columbia would also defeat the Eagles Saturday and improved to 30-3 on the season.
Peru State is in its final stretch of the season and have just three matches remaining in the regular season. All of the remaining matches will be Heart contests and will have an impact on the Bobcats’ post-season chances.
The ‘Cats will host Culver-Stockton (Mo.) Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Wildcats are 8-18 on the season and are 1-14 in Heart play and are out of the hunt for post-season competition.
On Friday, it will be senior night for Peru State as they host William Penn (Iowa) at 7 p.m. Presently, the two teams are tied with 6-9 marks in conference play, but the Statesmen have a 19-12 overall record. William Penn has been up and down all season, so this will be a pivotal match for both team as it could mean hosting one match in the post-season.
The Bobcats’ final match of the regular season will be on Oct. 29 when they travel to face the second-ranked Grand View Vikings in Des Moines at 7 p.m. Grand View is 25-0 on the season, although they have been challenged at times. They are 14-0 in the Heart.
PrepVolleyball.Com Recognizes Bobcat Cudney
PERU – While she did not earn national honors in the NAIA, Peru State volleyball player Claire Cudney (Marysville, Kan.) was recognized by PrepVolleyball.com for her efforts two weeks ago.
Cudney, a libero, set the NAIA’s top mark for the season with 51 digs in the Bobcats’ five-set upset win over Mount Mercy on Oct. 12. She did earn the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Player of the Week.
PrepVolleyball.com is a website which shares as much about volleyball from the high school to Division I level from across the country. It recognizes seven players and four teams each week for national honors at the collegiate level.
Cudney was recognized as the runner-up honoree as the Player of the Week, Non-Division I, which means that group includes NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and the NAIA. The winner was Shayna Webber, a middle blocker from NCAA DII College of Saint Rose out of Albany, N.Y.
Making the selections for the week was John Tawa, who started PrepVolleyball.com in 2003, and expanded it later to include college and university stories and information.
Peru State will play its last two home regular-season matches this week on Thursday and Friday when they host Culver-Stockton (Mo.) and William Penn (Iowa) respectively at 7 p.m.
Five Bobcat Seniors to be Recognized Friday Night
PERU – It will be senior night for five Peru State senior volleyball players this coming Friday night when the Bobcats host William Penn (Iowa) at 7 p.m. in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.
Nadja Janjevic (Podgorica, Montenegro), Kira Shapiro (Omaha), Yorgelys Jaspe (San Carlos, Venezuela), Taylor Thompson (Norfolk), and Cami Ruiz (Bogota, Columbia) are the five seniors who will be honored.
Janjevic is the only four-year member of the team while Shapiro has been in a Bobcat uniform for three years. Jaspe has been a two-year Peru State player while Thompson and Ruiz have been a part of the team for one year.
All five have been starters for the ‘Cats at some point during their stints at Peru State with Janjevic leading the way having played in 499 sets in 141 matches over her four years.
Head coach Laurie Schroeder and the rest of the volleyball team will recognize the players and their parents following the Friday night match.