Volleyball team completes third HAAC sweep

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The Baker University volleyball team continued its three game win-streak Monday after sweeping Peru State University 25-17, 25-23 and 25-21.

Prior to the match, Peru State was 1-4 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and 8-19 on the season. While head coach Kathy Allen said the team came into the game confident, she made sure the team was prepared.

“It surprised me how many errors Peru State made: serving errors, hitting errors, and a lot of unforced errors that we were not expecting,” Allen said.

The Wildcats capitalized on those errors, which helped lead to their third sweep of a conference opponent.

In the opening set, Peru State would not allow Baker to grab a lead early in the set. However, behind the serve of junior Renata Dill, Baker would ride an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 24-15. A service error by Dill at set point would put the ball back in the hands of Peru State, but junior Crystal Simons secured the first set for Baker with a kill past the Bobcats a point later.

The early portion of the second set was similar to the first. Baker’s six-point lead at 19-13 was the Bobcats’ biggest deficit during the set. However, Peru State crawled out of it with three consecutive kills to cut the lead to 21-19. But another kill by Simons would end the second set 25-23.

“We kind of had a little bit of a slip in the second set,” Allen said. “But otherwise, we pretty much controlled the match the whole time.”

Midway through the final set, Baker owned a 12-11 advantage over the Bobcats, but a hard kill by senior Savannah Smith sparked a 7-0 run and Peru State could not recover.

Freshman Danielle French continued to be a presence at the net for the Wildcats collecting six assisted blocks, a solo block and eight kills.

Simons and senior Jana Boss were close behind French with seven kills apiece.

The Wildcats will play in their final regular season tournament Friday and Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo. Baker will face three NCAA Division III teams during the Colorado College Tournament, and Allen said the team does not know what to expect.

“We are going into this thing I guess with our eyes wide shut,” Allen said. “We are not familiar with any of the teams, so it’s going to be a surprise, and we will find out how we do.”

The Wildcats’ first match of the tournament is at noon Friday against Whittier College.