Bluejay volleyball endures tough week

Tena Loewen and Katelin Horstick block the attack of Ottawa?s Allie Arnold during Set 3 Wednesday. The Bluejays lost to the Braves in three sets. Janae Rempel / Free PressThe Tabor College volleyball team faced two top-three KCAC opponents last week and lost both games.

Kansas Wesleyan?Tabor lost a hard-fought battle Friday, 3-1.

After suffering a 25-18 defeat in Set 1, Tabor battled back to win Set 2, 25-21.

Sets 2 and 3 were highly contested, but Kansas Wesleyan came out on top by the same margin in both, 26-24. Tabor led, 24-23, in Set 3, and 19-14 in Set 4.

Tena Loewen led Tabor?s attack with a game-high 25 kills. Katelin Horstick added 13. Megan Voth and Kelsea Brittain each had 27 assists, and Whitney Maple added 45 digs.

Ottawa?Tabor lost to the Braves a second time this season Wednesday, 3-0.

Tabor led early in Set 1, but Ottawa tied the game at 13 with a kill and never trailed again en-route to a 25-21 victory.

In Set 2, Ottawa claimed the lead from the start and never trailed. The Bluejays drew within 17-16 after a Tena Loewen kill, and later, 18-17, but never took the lead and lost, 25-21.

Tabor led early in Set 3, but the teams locked heads at 14. The lead switched hands a few times, and worked to an 18-18 tie. From there, three straight points for the Bluejays gave Tabor a 21-18 lead after a Loewen kill, and after an ace serve by Loewen, Tabor led, 23-19. The Bluejays were within one point of victory, 24-21, after a kill by Katelin Horstick, but Tabor stalled there, as Ottawa battled back for a 26-24 win.

?There was a different level of enthusiasm the third set,? coach Amy Ratzlaff said. ?There?s really no reason it wasn?t there the first and second set. They just need to figure out how to turn that on, and they will.?

Loewen led the attack with 12 kills. Megan Voth had 15 assists; Kelsea Brittan added 14. Whitney Maple had 20 digs, and Daniele Wendland, a solo block.

Ratzlaff said the Bluejays are still learning who they are as a team.

?We really are trying to figure out what makes us tick and play hard,? she said. ?It?s hard to lose that third set tonight, but it happened, and it either drives you or you?re satisfied.?

Coming?Tabor (8-6, 11-15) will play at the University of Saint Mary (4-10, 6-16) tonight at 7 p.m. and will play at Friends (13-1, 22-13) Monday at 7 p.m.

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