ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College volleyball team looked like a three-time defending KCAC champion last week by sweeping three-game wins over McPherson, Sterling and Saint Mary.
The Bluejays beat McPherson, 30-13, 30-19, 30-21. As a team, Tabor had 108 attacks and converted 46 of them into kills.
Leading the way was Erin Loewen (11), Staci Whitcomb (11) and Jill Hein (9).
Anne Gunden attempted 96 sets in the match and earned 46 assists. Tabor attempted 75 serves in the match and committed just five errors.
Defensively, Tabor had 54 digs. Whitcomb led with 13, Hein and Loewen each had 10 and Gunden added seven. Hein also led the team with three solo blocks and two assists.
On Thursday, Tabor beat Sterling on the road, 30-15, 30-25, 30-26.
Tabor had 117 attacks and converted 50 of those into kills. Loewen and Lindsey Vogts led with 11 each while Whitcomb added 10. Gunden was credited with 45 assists in 98 set attempts. Whitcomb led the team with 10 digs.
Back at home on Saturday, Tabor disposed of Saint Mary, 30-20, 30-17, 30-19.
Whitcomb led the team with 28 attacks and 13 kills as the Bluejays had 108 attacks as a team and 43 kills. Whitcomb also had a team-high 17 digs.
Hein led Tabor with four blocks (three assisted) and recorded three service aces while Traci Neufeld had four aces.
Gunden had 89 set opportunities and earned 34 assists.
“This was a great week of volleyball for us,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “I believe the women really cleaned up their ball game and played solid.
“We made much better decisions on the court this week and our offense found a much better rhythm because our passing was much improved.
“I credit this improvement to the women on the team for their hard work in practice,” she added. “Every day we need to keep working to perfect excellence on the court.”
For their work, Whitcomb was named the KCAC Player of the Week and Gunden was named the KCAC Setter of the Week.
With its 3-0 week, Tabor improved to 8-10 for the season and 5-2 in KCAC play.
Coming-Tabor was scheduled to travel to Lindsborg to play Bethany yesterday (Tuesday) and will travel to Winfield on Thursday to tangle with Southwestern College, concluding the first round of KCAC play.