CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – After working into a starting position after a couple of years as a back-up, Peru State’s Raechel Knowles (Nassau, Bahamas) came through in a big way Tuesday night. Knowles helped lead the Bobcats to a key Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) five-set win over Mount Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Knowles finished the match with 23 kills which is more than she had in all of 2016. She finished hitting a very respectable .385 as the ‘Cats picked up their tenth win of the season against 12 losses. More importantly, Peru State is now 8-5 in the Heart. The Mustangs fell to 10-12 on the season and are 5-8 in conference play.
The Bobcats will be playing in a tough tournament this weekend hosted by Grand View in Des Moines, Iowa. In three of four matches, the ‘Cats will be playing either ranked or teams receiving votes in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
Peru State will start by playing Viterbo (Wis.) at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Hawks are 20-0 on the season and ranked first in the NAIA. At 6 p.m., the Bobcats will face Rocky Mountain (Mont.). The Montana team is 15-6 and is just outside of the Top 25 Poll at number 26.
On Saturday morning, the Bobcats will start with Saint Francis (Ind.) at 9 a.m. The team from Fort Wayne is 7-15 having picked up a win Tuesday night. Peru State will finish the tournament at 3 p.m. against another Montana team – Montana Tech. Tech is 13-5 at this point and are presently 15th in the NAIA poll.