|Mount Mercy (Iowa) (3-3, 0-1)||25||25||24||21||14||2|
|Peru State College (3-4, 2-0)||13||19||26||25||16||3|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa)||Indv. Leaders||Peru State College|
|#19 Olivia Coe - 15||Kills||2 Players (#12,#13) - 11|
|#21 Vik Meade - 6||Blocks||#14 Alex Bowman - 5|
|#14 Becca Thomson - 24||Digs||#23 Cristina Viera - 27|
|2 Players (#14,#19) - 2||Aces||#13 Nadja Janjevic - 3|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa)||Team Statistics||Peru State College|
PERU, Neb. -- The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team came out strong in their first Heart of America Athletic Conference match on Tuesday night, but watched a two-set lead disappear as Peru State (Neb.) won three straight games to earn a 13-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 16-14 victory over the Mustangs.
Mount Mercy out-hit the Bobcats in the first two sets, but Peru State (3-4, 2-0 Heart) found a way to stay alive with a come-from-behind victory in game three. The Mustangs had match point at 24-23 before the Bobcats scored three straight points to close out the set. Despite being out-hit again in set number four, Peru State sent the match to a fifth game where once again they fought off two match points and scored the final four points of the match to finish off the Mustangs.
Despite coming up short, Mount Mercy had plenty of individual highlights Tuesday night. Olivia Coe totaled a career-high 15 kills to lead all players. Alyssa Weldon tallied career-highs with 14 kills and 19 digs. Lauren Stopko had a personal best with 21 digs, while Kayla Daggett finished with career-highs in assists (38) and digs (20). Maddie Bell added 14 kills, Becca Thomson 24 digs, a pair of service aces and a block. Coe and Vik Meade each collected four block assists to lead all players.
The Mustangs head to the Clarke Tournament at the Kehl Center in Dubuque this weekend. On Friday, Mount Mercy faces Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (0-4) at 2:00 p.m. and Saint Francis (Ill.) (4-5) at 4:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Mustangs get another shot at Trinity Christian (Ill.) (3-5) at noon before wrapping up the tournament against 13th-ranked Northwestern (8-1) at 2:00 p.m.