After an opening-round win over Wayland Baptist, the Tabor College volleyball team earned a spot to compete among a 32-team field in pool play in Sioux City, Iowa. The Bluejays were one of 12 opening-round qualifiers to advance, joining the top 20 seeds, who received a first-round bye.
Lindsey Wilson—Competing in Pool D, the Bluejays opened competition with a 3-0 loss to the fourth-ranked Blue Raiders Tuesday.
Tabor lost Set 1, 25-16. Aside from a pair of ties, Lindsey Wilson led from start to finish. The Blue Raiders recorded 14 kills to Tabor’s 10, and limited the Bluejays’ attack with five blocks in the set. Lindsey Wilson scored the set’s final three points via two kills and a block to enjoy its largest margin at the end.
Kendra Kroeker and Tena Loewen led the attack with three kills apiece. Tabor hit .050 for the set.
Tabor lost Set 2, 26-24.
The Bluejays trailed, 4-0, at the start, but battled to take the lead, 13-12, after back-to-back kills by Loewen. The teams knotted the score at 15, but with three kills, Lindsey Wilson regained the lead. With the Blue Raiders in front, 24-21, Tabor rallied, using kills by Loewen and Ali Jost and a Lindsey Wilson attack error to tie the game. The Blue Raiders scored the next two points, however, to win it.
Tabor lost Set 3, 25-19.
Loewen scored the set’s first point via kill, and Loewen’s second kill of the set tied the game at 6. However, from there, Lindsey Wilson went on a 9-4 run and later increased its lead to 21-14. Tabor scored the set’s next four points, thanks to a kill by Miranda Leibold and three Blue Raider errors, to draw within 21-18. But the Bluejays managed just one point after that, and Lindsey Wilson went on to win by six.
Loewen and Amy Horner led Tabor’s attack with 12 kills each. Megan Voth had 20 assists. Keeley Kroeker had 10. Jost had 21 digs, Horner 13 and Voth 12.
Coming—Tabor will play No. 13 MidAmerica Nazarene Wednesday at 11 a.m. to continue pool play. The top two teams in each pool will qualify for single elimination competition beginning Dec. 2.
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