|Peru State (Neb.) (10-12, 8-5 Heart.)||25||17||14||25||16||3|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa) (10-12, 5-8 Heart.)||23||25||25||12||14||2|
|Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Peru State (Neb.)||Indv. Leaders||Mount Mercy (Iowa)|
|#6 Raechel Knowles - 23||Kills||2 Players (#19,#21) - 12|
|#14 Alex Bowman - 6||Blocks||#21 Vik Meade - 7|
|#3 Cristina Viera - 41||Digs||#23 Caiti Peterson - 20|
|#13 Nadja Janjevic - 2||Aces||3 Players - 2|
|Peru State (Neb.)||Team Statistics||Mount Mercy (Iowa)|
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- For the third straight match, the Mount Mercy women's volleyball team found themselves on the wrong end of a fifth-set result, falling to Peru State (Neb.) in a Heart of America Athletic Conference contest Tuesday night at Hennessey Recreation Center.
- The Mustangs couldn't hold a 2-1 lead as the Bobcats won game four, then forced a fifth set before eventually taking the match, 25-23, 17-25, 14-25, 25-12, 16-14.
- Peru State swept the season series, winning on their home court on Sept. 5 and now in Cedar Rapids.
- After going on a five-match winning streak, the Mustangs find themselves in the midst of a four-match losing skid with three of those losses coming in the fifth set.
- Mount Mercy still sits in eighth place overall in the Heart and fourth in the North division with six conference matches remaining in the regular season. The top five teams in each division advance to the conference tournament.
- The Mustangs are now 10-12 on the season and 5-8 in conference play.
- The Bobcats held the Mustangs to 49 kills while they ended up with 62. Despite the difference, Mount Mercy had a better hitting percentage (.162-.146).
- Peru State had more assists (59-44) and digs (101-90).
- Both teams totaled 11 blocks on the night.
- There were 29 ties and 13 lead changes in the match.
- Vik Meade and Olivia Coe paced Mount Mercy with 12 kills apiece. Meade added seven block assists, while Coe had a solo block to go along with three block assists.
- Four Mustangs reached double digits in the digs column. Caiti Peterson led the way with 20, Lauren Stopko had 19, Alyssa Weldon 16 and Haley Stecklein 13.
- Peterson also dished out a career-high 37 assists to seven different players.
- Becca Thomson left with an ankle injury in the first set and freshman Allie Tallman was an able replacement, tallying nine kills plus a solo block and two block assists.
- The Bobcats' Raechel Knowles had a match-high 23 kills, while Cristina Viera had 41 digs for Peru State.
How It Happened
- Mount Mercy came out strong, building an 8-2 lead in the early going. Peru State tied it at 10-10 and for the rest of the set, neither team led by more than two points. The Bobcats would take a tight set one, which fired up the Mustangs.
- Mount Mercy started strong for the second straight set, this time keeping a lead and never letting Peru State to climb back in it. The Mustangs' biggest lead would come at the 23-12 mark.
- The Bobcats got a few points back due to untimely Mount Mercy errors, but Meade put the game away and tying the match at one set apiece.
- Set three was all Mount Mercy, which built a 12-point advantage while limiting Peru State to just nine kills and a hitting percentage of .031. For the second straight set, the Mustangs never trailed, winning game three convincingly to take a 2-1 lead.
- The momentum completely changed in set four, as Peru State did exactly what Mount Mercy did to them in the previous two sets. The Bobcats took advantage of 15 Mustang errors, created a 13-point lead and held Mount Mercy to a mere five kills while winning the fourth set easily.
- Set five was much like the first, where neither team was able to pull away. Peru State jumped out to an early lead at 5-1, but Mount Mercy went on a 9-3 run to take a 10-8 lead.
- Back-to-back kills by Meade and Weldon increased the Mustang lead to 13-10. The Bobcats, however, closed out the match with a 6-1 run to hand Mount Mercy it's third-straight, five-set loss.
- "We made more plays on defense tonight (as compared to last weekend), but not enough." -- Deb Marlin
- "We need to dig deep and find a fire late in the match. Tonight, we made a couple of crucial errors in the last four points of the match." -- Deb Marlin
- "We need to be better prepared to do the little things right come Friday as Briar Cliff will be a battle. We have to find a way to win the late match points." -- Deb Marlin
- Mount Mercy travels to Sioux City on Friday to take on Briar Cliff (13-5, 3-5 GPAC) at 7:00 p.m. in their last non-conference match of the season.