The Tabor volleyball team lost two straight matches to tough conference opponents this week, first to defending champion Kansas Wesleyan Wednesday and then to Ottawa Saturday, after picking up a conference win against McPherson Monday.
The Bluejays record is 10-9 overall and 6-6 in the conference.
Ottawa—Tabor lost in four sets to Ottawa Saturday night, absorbing their second loss at home this week.
After a 21-25 loss in the first game, Tabor rallied to take the second, 25-16. But the Braves took the third, 26-24, before earning the match win with a victory in the fourth set, 25-16.
McPherson—Tabor earned a conference victory Oct. 8 over McPherson, 25-13, 25-18, 25-13. to start the second round of play.
“Our team had an amazing night of volleyball,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “It was good to see so many players accomplish personal goals and adjust to the game as needed.”
Jessica Wollenberg led the charge with 10 kills while Jessie Vogts added nine and Katie Vogts and Katelin Horstick eight each.
Setter Hollister Wolf put up 33 assists to help Tabor to 38 total kills.
Leading the defense was Amy Jo Maphet with 16 digs. Katie Vogts added 11 digs, Katie Graber eight and Whitney Maple seven. Jessie Vogts added three blocks.
Kansas Wesleyan—Tabor gave up the sweep at home Wednesday to defending conference champion Kansas Wesleyan.
“The girls rallied, and fought hard,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “We just had sections where we didn’t, and against a good team those sections are going to get you every time.”
The Bluejays lost a back-and-forth first match, 25-22.
They allowed the Coyotes an early lead in Game 2, but crept back in the game midway through. Two straight kills and an ace from Hollister Wolf tied the score at 19, and moments later Tabor took the lead. But two bad serves allowed KWU back into the game, and Bluejay errors late in the match contributed to a 26-24 loss.
Tabor struggled out of the gate in the third game, looking tired and off-balance. Kansas Wesleyan jumped to a lead and marched to 25-17 victory.
Freshman Katelin Horstick led the Bluejay attack with 13 kills.
“Katelin Horstick gets better every game, and that’s really going to add to our match,” Ratzlaff said.
Katie Vogts added 10 kills, while Jessie Vogts chipped in seven. Wolf recorded 30 assists to help the Bluejays to 33 kills.
Amy Jo Maphet led the defense with 15 digs and Katie Vogts added 10.
“These games always make you look at your own game and decide what the next game is supposed to look like,” Ratzlaff said. “I don’t think anybody takes this lightly.”
Coming—The Bluejays were scheduled to host Friends Monday. They will play Southern Nazarene University at home Friday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.