Tabor volleyball team continues hot play

With the KCAC tournament drawing nearer, the Tabor volleyball team had another great week, registering two more conference wins.

The Bluejays beat Friends Monday, Oct. 30, in a grueling five-game match, then stomped McPherson in three games on Thursday.

The Jays played good defense, but it was their offense that wore Friends down.

The Falcons’ defense picked up a lot of what the Jays smashed at them, but Tabor continued to hammer their host.

The two teams played toe to toe for close to two and a half hours before pulling out the win, 15-12, 12-15, 15-13, 5-15, 15-6.

Coach Amy Ratzlaff said her team did “a wonderful job” of staying intense throughout the long match, finally dominating in the last game.

“I think this is one of the first games that by the time we’ve gotten to the fifth game, they had just decided they weren’t going to mess around anymore and took the game,” Ratzlaff said.

Defensively, Laura Campbell had five blocks for Tabor. Tesha Werth led the team with 44 digs, followed by Angela Kroeker with 23. Carmen Hein and Laurie Fast each had 21 digs.

Offensively, Werth had 30 kills for the night, Audrey Loewen had 24, and Kroeker contributed 17.

Sara Haggard had 71 assists, for an average of 14.2 assists per game against Friends.

The Bluejays took Thursday’s match with the McPherson Bulldogs in three games, 15-13, 15-6, 15-4. Tabor came out sluggish, but turned on the pressure in the second game.

By the time the third game began, Ratzlaff said her team was having fun.

“That was good to see,” she said. “It was good to end the week that way.”

Fast had 16 digs and two aces for the evening. Kroeker had 11 kills while Werth had nine. Loewen added 10 kills and three blocks. Campbell also had three blocks.

Tabor hosted Saint Mary Tuesday night to end the regular season game. If the Bluejays won, they will be ranked fourth going into tournament play, with home-court advantage.

If they lost, they will be ranked fifth.

The first round of KCAC playoffs begins Thursday night.

The top four teams in the conference earn the chance to play at home.

If Tabor wins on Thursday, they will play in the tournament hosted by Bethel on Saturday, Nov. 11.

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