Tabor falls to MidAmerica Nazarene, 3-0

The Tabor College volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to 13th-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene Wednesday in its second match of pool play. The loss dropped Tabor’s Pool D record to 0-2. MidAmerica, meanwhile, moved to 1-1.

Tabor lost Set 1, 25-21. The Bluejays enjoyed a hot start, offensively, hitting .636 with eight kills and only one attack error to stake an 11-6 lead. Amy Horner led the way with four kills among Tabor’s first seven points.

However, the Pioneers used four kills, three Bluejay errors and a service ace to tie the game at 14. The match was also tied at 18, but a Bluejay attack error gave MidAmerica the lead for good. The Pioneers gained momentum, using five kills to contribute to a 6-3 run to the finish.

Tabor lost Set 2, 25-23. The Pioneers scored their first two points via Bluejay service errors; in all, Tabor missed four serves in the set. MidAmerica built a 13-8 lead, forcing Tabor to call timeout. Horner responded with a kill to ignite a 10-5 run and capped it with another kill, tying the game at 18.

Tabor took the lead briefly, 21-20, after a kill by Horner, and the teams were tied at 23 following a kill by Kendra Kroeker, but a kill and an error sealed the Pioneers’ win.

Tabor lost Set 3, 25-16. The Bluejays enjoyed a 4-2 lead early and built it to 11-7 following a service ace by Loewen. Tabor held a 12-9 advantage after a Horner kill, but the Pioneers used a 4-0 run to take the lead. Kills by Kroeker and Horner helped Tabor tie the game at 14, but from there, it was all MidAmerica, as the Pioneers outscored the Bluejays 11-2 to end it.

Tabor hit .264 for the match with 45 kills, led by Horner with 14. Kroeker and Loewen each had 11. Megan Voth had 22 assists. Keeley Kroeker added 19. Ali Jost had 13 digs.

Coming—Tabor will play Biola tomorrow at 9 a.m. The Eagles are 1-1 in pool play after a 3-0 win over MidAmerica and a 3-1 loss to Pool D leader Lindsey Wilson (2-0).

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