PERU, Neb. – When it looked like the match would last less than an hour and that Peru State fans would leave disappointed, there was a sudden turnaround. And a turnaround it was.
The Bobcat volleyball team, after trailing two set to nil (losing 25-13 and 25-19), pulled out a 26-24 win in the third set to force a fourth set. The fourth was close throughout with Peru State winning 25-21 to force a deciding fifth set with the visiting Mount Mercy Mustangs.
In the final set, the Mustangs led most of the way and had match point at 14-12 before the Bobcats pulled off four straight points to pull out the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) win at 16-14.
With the win, Peru State improved to 3-4 overall and more importantly, are 2-0 in the Heart. The Mustangs fell to 3-3 and 0-1 in conference play.
Peru State will play in the Evangel University Tournament in Springfield, Mo., this Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the ‘Cats will face John Brown (Ark.) at 1 p.m. and Oklahoma Wesleyan at 7 p.m. John Brown is presently undefeated at 6-0 on the season while Oklahoma Wesleyan is 2-4.
On Saturday, the Bobcats will face teams they played last weekend in the Bellevue Tournament. At 10 a.m., Peru State will face Bellevue. The Bruins are 6-3. Then, the ‘Cats will finish the tournament taking on Tabor (Kan.) at 2 p.m. The Bluejays are 3-3 on the year.