The Peru State volleyball team fell to the College of the Ozarks 3-1 on Thursday night. Peru State is now 3-3 overall while College of the Ozarks improves to 2-1 on the year.
*Both teams are nicknamed the Bobcats so for the purpose of this article the teams will be referred to by their college names.
In the first set College of the Ozarks had a comfortable 9-5 lead, before Peru State was able to cut the lead to two with kills from Erison Vonderschmidt (Falls City) and Allison Schneider (Humphrey) as they trailed 10-8.
The Ozarks then extended its lead out to 14-8. Peru State struggled to catchup in the first half as they were trailing 20-13 to the Ozarks. Peru State tried to claw its way back trailing by five later in the first after a kill from Vonderschmidt and a block assist from Allie Schneider and Elli Williams (Olathe, Kan.).
The College of the Ozarks ended up taking the first set 25-18.
Peru State and the College of the Ozarks would trade points for the first 20 points of the set as it was knotted at ten in the second. The Ozarks then went on an 8-2 run as they were dominating the second set up 18-12.
Kills by Addison Schneider (Humphrey) and Keiley Hein (Omaha) had Peru State within five trailing 19-14. Unfortunately, College of the Ozarks would hold Peru State to two points the rest of the set as Peru State lost the set 25-16.
Peru State and College of the Ozarks would again trade points in the beginning of the third set. Then Peru State went on a 5-0 run to take a 14-7 lead with kills from Hein and Schneider and blocks by Hein, Schneider and Williams.
The College of the Ozarks then would get the score within one point as they trailed 15-14. Kills by Hein and Vonderschmidt extended the Peru State lead out to 18-14.
College of the Ozarks would get the score within two points trailing 20-18, then Peru State finished the set on a 5-1 run with kills from Shealie Wiebers (Papillion), Kennedy Miller (Plattsmouth), Hein and Vonderschmidt as Peru State won the set 25-19.
Peru State started out the fourth set hot scoring the first four points with help of kills by Hein and Williams. The College of the Ozarks then went on a 19-5 run to make the score 19-9 for College of the Ozarks.
The Ozarks held Peru State to three points the rest of the set as they won the set 25-12 and won the match 3-1.
Here’s what head coach Madison Kindle said about the loss…
“Road games are really tough to win, and we are still trying to figure out what is going to work for us,” said coach Kindle.
Hein led the team in kills with 17, Vonderschmidt and Wiebers finished with nine and six respectfully. Williams led the team in blocks with three, Wiebers and Hein each had two.
Peru State Volleyball goes .500 at College of the Ozarks Tournament
The Peru State volleyball team went 2-2 at the College of the Ozarks tournament this past weekend. The Bobcats are now 5-5 overall. Below is a breakdown of how the four games went.
Day 1 Friday, September 1, vs. Haskell Indian Nations L 2-3
In the first set Haskell and Peru State traded points as it was 10-all early. Then Haskell was able to get out to a 17-13 lead before Peru State clawed its way back. The Bobcats tied the game at 17 after kills from Chantal Paniagua (Santo Domingo, D.R.), Addison Schneider (Humphrey), Erison Vonderschmidt (Falls City) and Sammy Marinus (Omaha).
It was tied 20-all late in the first set before Haskell ended the set on a 5-1 run to take a 1-0 lead.
Peru State held a 12-8 lead in the second set with help of kills from Khami Itzen (Lincoln) and Kennedy Miller (Plattsmouth). Haskell was able to get the score within one point trailing 14-13, before Peru State went on its next run.
The Bobcats were then up 18-14 after errors by Haskell and a kill from Kalyssa Fox (Casa Grande, Ariz.). Later in the second set Peru State was leading Haskell after kills from Addison Schneider and an ace by Alyssa Bock (Plattsmouth) to make the score 23-16. Haskell tried to climb its way back but ultimately the Bobcats won the second set 25-22.
Peru State scored the first four points of the third set with the help of three kills by Vonderschmidt. Haskell and Peru State then traded points before Haskell took a 14-10 lead. Haskell kept Peru State a four-point distance for much of the third set.
The Bobcats would get within two points trailing 19-17 after a kill from Miller. Haskell ended the third set on a 6-1 run to win the set 25-18.
Haskell and Peru State traded points for almost the entirety of the fourth set, then a few errors and a kill by Bock gave the Bobcats a 28-26 set win to force a fifth.
Haskell got out to a fast start in the fifth set leading 8-3. The Bobcats then went on a 6-1 run to tie the fifth set at nine apiece with kills from Shealie Wiebers (Papillion) and Vonderschmidt.
Haskell would end up taking the fifth winning 15-12 and winning the game 3-2.
Vonderschmidt led the team in kills with 20, Addison Schneider finished with ten and Fox had seven. Allie Schneider (Humphrey) led the team in blocks with three. Allie Schneider had 42 assists. Paniagua led the team in digs with 26.
Day 1 Friday, September 1, vs. University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy W 3-0
The Bobcats got on UHSP up 8-3 after a couple of kills and an aces from Vonderschmidt and a kill by Keiley Hein (Omaha). The Eutectics would get within three trailing 14-11 in the first before the Bobcats extended their lead out to 18-11 with the help of a few errors by UHSP.
The Bobcats kept their lead at around seven or more for much of the first set. Peru State won the first set 25-17 after a kill from Wiebers. In the second set the Bobcats and Eutectics traded points early, then UHSP was up 13-9. UHSP was able to keep their lead at four in the middle of the second set.
Peru State would then get within one trailing 17-16 after a kill from Wiebers. UHSP then had set point at 24-19 as it looked like they were going to tie the game but then five points from the Bobcats tied the set at 24 with kills from Hein, Vonderschmidt and Wiebers.
Peru State came back and won the set 28-26.
In the third set the Bobcats were up 12-7 after a service ace from Olivia Gordon (Oskaloosa, Iowa). Peru State then went on a 7-3 run to take a 19-10 lead with the help of kills from Vonderschmidt and Hein along with an ace from Allie Schneider.
Peru State held its lead throughout the third set winning 25-16 and sweeping UHSP 3-0.
Wiebers and Hein led the team with nine kills and Vonderschmidt fell behind them with eight. Vonderschmidt led the team in aces with five. Elli Williams (Olathe, Kan.) and Vonderschmidt each have three blocks. Rylee Hellbusch (Plattsmouth) finished with a team-high 16 assists. Paniagua led the team in digs with 13.
Day 2 Saturday September 2, vs. Baptist Bible College W 3-1
Peru State led 12-8 early in the first before the Bobcats were able to extend its lead out 18-11 with the help of kills from Wiebers, Vonderschmidt and Addison Schneider. The Patriots were able to cut the Bobcats lead to two trailing 20-18.
Peru State was able to power through for a 25-23 set win after kills from Wiebers and Vonderschmidt.
The Patriots and the Bobcats traded points in the beginning of the second set before Peru State extended out to a four-point lead with kills by Williams, Hein and an ace from Paniagua to make the score 13-9.
Baptist Bible College and Peru State then traded points as the Bobcats held a slight 19-18 lead. Peru State finished the set on a 6-1 run winning the set 25-19 with the help of kills from Fox, Addison Schneider and Hein.
Peru State started the third set out hot up 6-0 after kills from Wiebers and Hein and aces from Gordon. Baptist Bible wouldn’t give up that easily as they were able to climb its way back into the game and tie it at 14. The Bobcats and Patriots then would trade points back-and-forth. Baptist Bible College was leading Peru State 19-18. The Patriots ended the third set on a 6-2 run winning 25-20.
The fourth set was tight in the beginning but Peru State was able to put its foot down as they started up 11-7 after a kill from Williams.
Peru State finished the fourth set on a 14-5 run winning the set 25-12 with help of kills by Reagan Osterhaus (Wetmore, Kan.), Addison Schneider and Vonderschmidt as well as an ace from Bock.
Vonderschmidt led the team in kills with 15, Addison Schneider finished with ten and Wiebers had eight. Hellbusch and Gordon each had three aces. Williams had a team-high four blocks. Gordon had 26 assists. Paniagua led the team in digs with 22.
Day 2 Saturday September 2 vs. Sterling College L 0-3
It was 10-all early in the first set after Osterhaus had a kill. The Bobcats then would take a 16-14 lead in the middle of the first set after an error from the Warriors and a kill by Williams.
Sterling then went on an 8-2 run to take a 22-18 lead towards the end of the first set. The Warriors took the first set 25-21.
The Bobcats had the momentum up 13-8 in the second set after kills from Williams, Osterhaus and Hellbusch. Sterling was able to come back and tie the game at 14. Peru State was then leading 19-16 after an error from the Warriors.
Sterling was able to tie the game at 21-all and then Bobcats and Warriors were trading points until Sterling ended up winning the set 26-24.
In the third set Sterling was up 10-7 after an attacking error. The Bobcats were able to trim the Warriors lead down to one trailing 13-12 after a kill from Hein. Sterling then extended its lead out to six up 19-13.
Peru State went on a 6-2 run as they trailed 21-19 after kills from Fox and Osterhaus along with an ace from Vonderschmidt and an error on the Warriors. Sterling ended up winning the set 25-20 and sweeping the Bobcats 3-0.
Fox led the team in kills with 11, Osterhaus finished with nine and Hein had eight. Gordon had three aces, Williams and Vonderschmidt each had two blocks. Hellbusch finished with a team-high 15 assists. Paniagua had 14 digs to lead the way for the Bobcats.
Here’s what head coach Madison Kindle said about the tournament…
“We are slowly trying to figure out what is going to work best for us,” said coach Kindle.” Need to find consistency and battle through close matches.”
“Proud of this team for battling through five matches this weekend. Open up this week with a great exhibition against UNK (University of Nebraska-Kearney) before conference play begins.”
Peru State hits the road to take on University of Nebraska-Kearney on Wednesday, September 6, at 6:00 p.m.