Bluejays defeat Spires, Bulldogs

Amy Horner attacks the net against McPherson Wednesday. Horner tallied 16 kills in Tabor’s 3-1 win.The Tabor College volleyball team enjoyed a 2-0 week, defeating Saint Mary and McPherson to improve to 15-2 in KCAC play, 18-8 overall.

McPherson—Tabor overcame a slow start to win in four sets Wednesday.

The Bulldogs won Set 1, 25-23. McPherson built a 22-14 lead, but Tabor rallied to tie the game with a string of eight points. Tena Loewen scored five of those points via kill. But after a 23-23 tie, two Bluejay errors gave the Bulldogs the victory.

Tabor won Set 2, 25-20. The Bluejays trailed, 18-15, but outscored the Bulldogs, 10-2 to conclude the set.

The Bluejays took control of Set 3 from the start, winning 25-11. Aided by the serving of Loewen, Tabor built a 9-0 lead. Bluejay miscues gave McPherson its first four points, but Tabor led from start to finish. Back-to-back kills by Kendra Kroeker and Amy Horner ended the set.

Tabor battled to a 28-26 win in Set 4. The Bulldogs led by as many as four, 23-19, but two kills from Kroeker and a McPherson error closed the gap to 23-22. A Tabor error put the Bulldogs within one point of victory, but kills by Horner and Loewen tied the game at 24. McPherson’s final two points came via Tabor error, but following a 26-26 tie, a kill by Loewen and a Bulldog error gave the Bluejays the win.

“It surprises me that we come out flat at home, but at the same time, we came out flat and then we tried too hard,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “When they’re not playing well, they do respond, but sometimes then they over-respond and then we have all these errors. Then we have to back off and just play the game, and they did.”

Tabor recorded 65 kills, led by Loewen with 30 on .343 hitting. Keeley Kroeker had 35 assists. Ali Jost had 32 digs. Miranda Leibold had two solo blocks.

Saint Mary—Tabor swept the Spires Monday, 3-0. Tabor hit .132 in its 25-20 win in Set 1. Kendra Kroe­ker polished the win with a set-ending kill.

The Bluejays won Set 2, 25-19 and hit .256 with 17 kills. This time, Amy Hor­ner scored the game-winner via kill.

Tabor hit .345 in Set 3 to win, 25-10. In front, 14-9, Tabor burst to the finish by outscoring the Bulldogs, 11-1. “We played really well on Monday,” coach Amy Ratz­laff said. “(That) game was maybe the best I’ve seen us play. We played smooth and played together. It was so much fun. Our defense and our offense were equally as aggressive.”

Horner led the attack with 16 kills on .387 hitting. Megan Voth had 24 assists. Ali Jost had 21 digs.

Coming—Tabor was to play at Southwestern (4-12, 8-16) Monday. The Bluejays will host Bethel (0-16, 0-18) tonight at 7 p.m. They will travel to Bethany (7-9, 9-16) Friday for a 7 p.m. game.

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