Tabor volleyball advances to semifinals with sweep of Saint Mary

Miranda Leibold, Tena LoewenThe second-seeded Tabor College volleyball team swept No. 7 University of Saint Mary in three sets Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the KCAC tournament.

The Bluejays won Set 1, 25-13. Tabor recorded a hitting percentage of .355 with 16 kills, led by Amy Horner and Miranda Leibold with five each. Saint Mary scored the set’s first point, but a kill by Tena Loewen ignited a 4-0 run, and the Bluejays never trailed again. Tabor enjoyed its largest lead at the end, scoring the set’s final two points via a kill by Leibold and a service ace by Megan Voth.

Tabor won Set 2, 25-20, hitting .171 with 14 kills and eight attack errors. The Bluejays turned a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9 advantage, but Saint Mary would not go quietly. The Bluejays held a 21-19 margin late in the set and enjoyed a 4-1 finish including three kills by Loewen and a set-ending kill by Horner.

The Bluejays completed the sweep by winning Set 3, 25-17. Tabor hit .324 with 16 kills. The Bluejays fanned the flame early, as Loewen ignited an 8-0 run with a kill and capped the scoring burst with a pair of service aces. The closest the Spires got after that was within four, 20-16, but from there, Tabor outscored them, 5-1 to end it. Leibold scored the set’s final point via kill.

Tabor tallied 46 kills, led by Horner with 17. Voth had 24 assists. Ali Jost had 14 digs.

Coming—Tabor will travel to Ottawa Saturday for a semifinal matchup against Kansas Wesleyan at 11 a.m. The other semifinal match features Ottawa versus McPherson. The championship will be played at Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m.

This article was edited to reflect the correct 11 a.m. game time on Saturday.

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