The Tabor College volleyball season ended in a 4-game loss to
Bethany (23-25, 15-25, 25-16, 21-25) during the semi-final round of the
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament Nov. 14 in North Newton.
The Bluejays seemed a step slower than their Swede
counterparts at the outset Friday night, trailing by four points early
in the first game. But the Bluejays rallied behind Ashley Cohlmia, who
knotted the game at 7-7 with an ace. The Bluejays ran off four straight
during Clancey Kelley's serve, with Gina Hullet notching two kills and
Jordan Crosson pounding down another. The Tabor lead dwindled from
there. Bethany retied it at 19-19, and took the lead on a hard hit by
middle hitter Kristi Parker. Tabor battled back, retaking the lead at
23-22 when Crosson hammered a kill off of a Swede blocker, but Bethany
scored three straight to take the first game. The game point—a hard
spike dug up by a Bethany back-row defender that carried over the net
and fell amid a cluster of Bluejays—looked like a fluke, but proved
ominous in the second game, during which disorganization robbed Tabor
of its effectiveness.
Late in the second game, the Bluejays
rediscovered their game and won six of the last 10 points, but still
found themselves in a 2-0 hole against the regular season runners-up.
Even so, Tabor carried the momentum into the third game, routing the
Swedes with an 18-8 run after trailing 7-8. But in the fourth game,
Bethany took an 11-3 lead—a climb too steep to overcome, not even with
the 16-11 run the Bluejays mounted to force a Bethany time out at
16-23. Tabor pulled within 19-23 on a kill by Crosson, but Tabor could
inch no closer.