The home-court advantage proved just enough to give the Tabor volleyball team the edge Monday night as they defeated Sterling College in five hard-fought games (27-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-8) on senior night.
Since they barely outscored Sterling, 219-213, Tabor tops the Warriors in the KCAC rankings. If they win their next two conference matches, Tabor has a home-court advantage for the first round of the conference tournament.
Tabor’s setter Hollister Wolf received KCAC Setter of the Week and her first Player of the Week honors for her performances against Bethany and Bethel.
Amy Jo Maphet received Libero of the Week honors for the third time this season, recording 38 digs this week.
Sterling—Tabor brought its A-game Monday, battling for each point and losing its two games by a combined four points.
Sterling led for most of Game 1, but Tabor tied it at 24-24. A Sterling block tied it, 25-25, but outside hitter Katelin Horstick earned the kill for the Tabor lead. Sterling then hit the ball to give the Bluejays the first set.
In the second game, Sterling tied it at 25 before a kill from Horstick made it 26-25. Tabor went on for the two-point win.
The Bluejays got in the hole early in Game 3 and couldn’t climb out. When Sterling tied it at 23 in the fourth game, then earned a kill on a questionable call, the match was tied 2-2.
But Tabor cruised to a 15-8 victory in Game 5 for the win.
Bethel—The Bluejays earned their second straight sweep over the Threshers at home Wednesday (25-18, 25-14, 25-19) for parents night.
Katie Vogts led Tabor with kills, recording 10. Jessie Vogts added nine, Katelin Horstick eight and Setter Hollister Wolf ran the offense with 35 assists to set up a total of 41 kills for the Bluejays.
Amy Jo Maphet was a beast on the back row, earning 16 digs. Whitney Maple and Wolf added six each.
Bethany—Tabor took care of the Swedes in three games (25-18, 25-23, 25-18).
Jessie Vogts and Katie Vogts had 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Jessica Wollenberg and Katelin Horstick chipped in seven each. Setter Hollister Wolf had 34 assists to help Tabor to 44 match kills.
Wolf also led the Bluejays in digs with 15, aided by Amy Jo Maphet with 12. Courtney Erwin recorded five total blocks, while Wollenberg and Horstick took care of the net with four and three total blocks.
Coming—The Bluejays were scheduled to play at Southwestern College Wednesday and the University of Saint Mary Friday. Matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.