Record: 11-19 Home: 4-6 Away: 3-7 Neutral: 4-6 Heart: 2-11
WPU stays in town Saturday against Evangel
WPU stays in town Saturday against Evangel
Peru State
William Penn
Volleyball - Tue, Oct. 3, 2017

Oskaloosa--The William Penn volleyball team snatched a set from Peru State back in August, but was not as fortunate Tuesday as it was swept 3-0 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play.

WPU (7-16, 2-9 Heart), which lost by scores of 20-25, 20-25, 22-25, was outhit .200-.028.

The hosts gave up the first three points of the contest, but rallied back and led 12-11.  The Bobcats (9-10, 7-3 Heart) answered with back-to-back points, however, and never trailed again to earn the win in the opening set.

Two of the first three points of Set #2 went to the navy and gold.  PSC then took control and seemed well on its way to the win, going up 15-11 and again up four at 16-12.  William Penn fortunately found a groove, however, and went on an 8-3 run to lead 20-19.

The visitors were stronger down the stretch, though, with six unanswered for the 2-0 advantage.

The script did not change much in the third and final set as the Statesmen led by two points on several occasions.  Unfortunately, tied at 20-20, WPU permitted Peru State to score three straight and the Bobcats closed out the night.

Jordan Carter (Jr., Sigourney, Iowa, Elementary Education) led William Penn with nine kills and a .292 attack clip.

Alicia Jaquez (Fr., Farmington, N.M., Biology) was second on the squad with seven winners, while Claire Simmons (Sr., Williamsburg, Iowa, Psychology) and Nesreen Iskandrani (So., Lawrence, Kan., History/Government) added four points each.  Iskandrani was also a part of three blocks (one solo).

Haley Smith (Jr., Adrian, Mich., Elementary Education) topped the two-setter formation with 14 assists; Taniah Ayap (Fr., Hilo, Hawaii, Exercise Science) assisted nine times.

Ashley Miller (Jr., Kalona, Iowa, Exercise Science) headlined WPU's defense with 18 digs in addition to two aces.

"We continue to struggle late in sets," Head Coach Jennifer Carlson said.  "With that said, we are putting ourselves in position to win those sets, so there are positives to take from our play.  We just need to maintain our consistency throughout the match."

Next Up: William Penn remains in Oskaloosa Saturday to host Evangel in a Heart match at noon.