William Penn University issued the following announcement on Feb. 18
William Penn returned to its homecourt following a two-game road trip over the weekend.
The Statesmen (2-9, 0-5 Heart) hosted Culver-Stockton (2-11, 1-4 Heart) in a battle of a pair of teams looking to grab its first conference win. The game came down to the wire, lasting five sets, with the home team unfortunately ending up on the wrong side of a 3-2 score. After grabbing set one, 29-27, the Wildcats roared back to take set two 26-24. WPU played its best set of the night grabbing a 25-17 in the third before allowing C-SC to take the fourth in almost identical fashion, 25-16. William Penn had the game within its grasp in the fifth as they had match point at 14-11 in the fifth but the pesky Wildcats stormed back with three straight points to tie it up at 14-14. Ike Papes (Fr., Elwood, Ill., Sports Management) put the Statesmen back up 15-14 after a big kill but the lead was short-lived as Culver-Stockton scored three straight points to take the set 17-15, and the match 3-2.
Culver-Stockton outhit the Statesmen.211-.155.
Papes led the charge offensively, logging 22 kills at a.236 clip. Eli Herro (Fr., Dousman, Wis., Business Management) had the most efficient outing for the Statesmen hitting.360 on 11 kills. Matt Helmick (Fr., Fullerton, Calif., Business Management) ran the offense and had himself his best game of the season with 48 assists and 12 digs.
Defensively, Pedro Maciel (Fr., Belo Horizante, Bra., Psychology) had 16 digs to lead his squad while Helmick and CJ Rettig (Fr., Sierra Madre, Calif., Wellness and Recreation) each had 12. Rettig also finished with 8 kills and a pair of solo blocks in the loss.
Carlos Garcia (Fr., Laredo, Texas, Biology) was good on both sides of the ball, collecting eight kills and seven digs.
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Source: William Penn University