Perry gave Winterset a tough test Tuesday before falling to the Huskies, 3-1, in Raccoon River Conference volleyball.
The first two games of the match were quite similar in pace and outcome, as both teams traded short leads in each game before Winterset slowly pulled away, claiming game one, 25-18, and game two, 25-19.
The Jayettes quickly took control of the third game, racing to several leads of eight or more points before settling for a 25-18 victory that kept the match alive.
Perry (5-21, 0-5) appeared ready to send the contest to a fifth match by holding leads of 21-17 and 23-20 in the fourth game. Winterset tied the game at 23-all, only to have Perry scored the next point, imperiling the Huskies chances of avoiding a fifth game.
Unfortunately for the hosts, Winterset scored two quick points for a 25-24 lead and then ended the match after a long rally by taking a 26-24 win.
Victoria Hegstrom had eight kills for Perry, with Ellie Nielsen adding five kills, Tori Miner four kills, Maggie Lowe three kills and Grace Marburger and Adrian Thompson two kills apiece. Lowe fueled the attack with 21 assists.
Claire Marburger had four blocks, Lowe and Hegstrom two blocks apiece and Miner and Thompson one.
Julie Diw led the team with 20 digs, with Claire Marburger adding six digs, while Lowe, Miner and Katelyn Whelchel had two digs apiece.
Hegstrom had the hot hand behind the service line, finishing 21-of-23 with seven aces. Nielsen was 6-8-3 and Diw 5-7-2, with Whelchel good on 12-of-13 serves.
Perry hosts their own invitational Tuesday in their next action. They travel to Carlisle Thursday and will compete in the Knoxville Invitational Oct. 19.