Jays lose heartbreaker in fifth-game overtime

The Bluejay volleyball team was a play away from the KCAC Championship, but it quite literally slipped through their fingers. Tabor lost a hard-fought battle in an extended fifth game tonight to Kansas Wesleyan, 14-16.

The Coyotes came out strong with a 21-25 victory in Game 1 to set the tempo for the match. But the ‘Jays battled back and senior Tina Frick drove home the final kill to secure the 25-23 win in Game 2 and tie the match. 

After a back-and-forth contest for the first part of the third game, KWU pulled ahead to lead later in the game and the Jays couldn’t recover from the deficit and lost, 19-25. 

To keep their championship hopes alive, Tabor needed to rebound for a win in the fourth game. The women pulled themselves together and did just that, leading most of the game for a 25-18 victory.

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, the deciding point for the match and the title came down to a fifth-game shootout. At first it appeared the Coyotes would get a convincing win in the fifth game, as they came out and built a lead over the Jays early on. 

But a team that has battled hard all season wasn’t ready to give up. Tabor clawed their way back up to a 13-12 lead. But both teams traded tying it up, moving into extra points. The game was tied, 14-14, when the Coyotes nailed two shots in a row to secure the victory and the championship title.

Frick had 21 kills on the night to put an exclamation point on the final game of her career. 

Frick and teammate Hollister Wolf received All-KCAC Player of the Year and Setter of the Year honors. Cortney Janzen received the KCAC Champion of Character award for Tabor. 

The Bluejays finish their season with an incredible 20-11 record, earning runner-up for both the KCAC regular season and the KCAC tournament championship, behind Kansas Wesleyan. 

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