The Tabor volleyball team dropped a tough conference road match to Sterling College Tuesday to snap a three-match winning streak, but bounced back for a sweep of Southwestern University Thursday at home.
With the split, the Bluejays improve to 9-7 overall and 5-4 in the conference and conclude first-round play.
“I think everybody played hard and they played together, so that’s a good sign at this point in the season,” said coach Amy Ratzlaff. “We just need to be making our list and getting better.
“Second round is like another season. We go into second round trying to be a different team, and I think we will be.”
Southwestern—Tabor quickly down the Builders in a three-game sweep Thursday (25-24, 25-16, 25-7).
Katie Vogts led the Bluejay attack with double-digit kills, earning 13, aided by Katelin Horstick with eight and Jessie Vogts with seven. Shelby Spencer and Jessica Wollenberg added six and four kills, respectively.
Hollister Wolf set up the Tabor offense with 37 assists, helping the Bluejays to 40 total kills.
Amy Jo Maphet grounded the defense with 21 digs, followed by Wolf with 11 digs. Horstick and Katie Vogts each earned a block.
Sterling—Tabor took the Warriors into five games, but ultimately came up with the short end of the stick Tuesday (Oct. 2), falling to their conference opponent in a road match (21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12).
“It was a battle,” said coach Amy Ratzlaff. “It was a good battle. We’re doing some things better. The things that caused us to lose that game we can fix, and they’re ready to do that.
“I think we’re on the right track. Nobody likes to lose a game in five, but they did adjust to the game well and those are all good signs.”
Three Bluejays made double digits in kills, with Katie Vogts leading with 17 kills, followed by Jessie Vogts with 15 kills and Katelin Horstick with 14 kills.
Hollister Wolf put up 56 assist to run a Tabor offense that totaled 57 kills.
Amy Jo Maphet earned 17 digs, helped by 15 and 12 digs from Katie Vogts and Wolf, respectively. Katie Vogts also earned six total blocks, with Horstick chipping in five and Shelby Spencer adding four blocks.
Coming—The Bluejays were scheduled to play at McPherson College Monday, before hosting Kansas Wesleyan University Wednesday and Ottawa University Saturday.
Games start at 7 p.m. weekdays and 5: 30 p.m. Saturday.