|Graceland University (5-7, 0-3)||27||23||23||22||1|
|Peru State (Neb.) (5-7, 3-0)||25||25||25||25||3|
|Graceland University||Indv. Leaders||Peru State (Neb.)|
|#6 Megan Kneib - 14||Kills||#12 Kira Shapiro - 12|
|#19 Hannah Farley - 3||Blocks||#13 Nadja Janjevic - 6|
|#3 Sydney Stewart - 30||Digs||#23 Cristina Viera - 33|
|#8 Emree Sato - 4||Aces||#15 Alaya Roberts - 3|
|Graceland University||Team Statistics||Peru State (Neb.)|
Peru, NE- Graceland University women's volleyball walked away with only a set after a very close battle in four sets with Peru State College Bobcats. Peru took the match, but Graceland did not go down without a fight; 25-27, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22.
The loss sinks Graceland to 5-7 overall and 0-3 in the Heart. Peru State improves to 5-7, including 3-0 in conference play.
Early in the first set, Graceland held a two-point advantage at 7-5 following a solo block by Hannah Farley. The Yellowjackets pushed to extend the margin to five following a kill by Keslie Sickels from Emree Sato, the score 14-9. PSC worked to tie the set at 15-15 and from there it was a back-and-forth battle. Graceland's Megan Kneib counted the final kill of the first set, as GU defeated PSC 27-25 in the first.
Things were flipped in the second, as Peru State claimed the early edge at 6-3, and maintained the lead at 15-13. A kill by Beth Presler, followed by two service aces by Sato put GU ahead 16-15. The Bobcats regained the lead later in the set, holding on to win the second 25-23.
Much like the second, the Jackets fell behind early in the third, before eventually snagging the lead at 15-13. Late in the third, GU held the late edge at 21-20, however a three-point run gave PSC the 23-21 advantage. The Bobcats took the third 25-23.
In the fourth and final set, a double-block by Eden Meier and Hannah Farley put the Yellowjackets ahead by two points (7-5). A 4-0 run by the Bobcats soon followed as PSC took over at 9-7. The score went back-and-forth until the Bobcats obtained a three-point lead. Graceland fell in the fourth 25-22.
Neither team hit great as a team in the contest, as nether team hit better than 0.110 percent. For the Jackets, Megan Kneib led the way with 14 kills, as Emma Runyan and Keslie Sickels added nine each. Out of the three setter, Sato led the way, dishing out 20 assists. Defensively, Sydney Stewart recorded a season-high 30 digs.
The Bobcats were led by Kira Shapiro with 12 kills. Compliment her were Claire Cudney and Alex Bowmen with eight and seven kills, respectively. Meg Grose and Brooke Rudebusch set the tempo, combining to dish out 34 assists. Cristina Viera marked a match-high 33 digs in the contest.
Head Coach Stew McDole said, "Peru is a team much like us. They play super defense and they transition well. It was a battle of ling points. The match could have gone either way."
Graceland University will next face St. Ambrose University at home on Thursday, September 14 at 7:00pm in their fourth annual Dig Purple Match in support of Pancreatic Cancer.
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