Bluejays in the thick of KCAC title run

Tabor frontliners Sydney Peitz and Amy Horner go for the block against Kansas Wesleyan Friday at Tabor. The Bluejays swept the KCAC-leading Coyotes, 3-0.The Tabor College volleyball team had its hands full last week with three matches in four days, two of which were against KCAC title contenders.

The Bluejays came away with a 2-1 record to maintain third place in the KCAC with a 15-5 record and a season record of 20-9.

York—After fending off two KCAC power teams earlier in the week, the Bluejays enjoyed a relatively easy three-set sweep of York College on Saturday, 25-10, 25-15, 25-12, and a half-game up on fourth-place Okla­homa Wesleyan with one week to play.

Amy Horner led a Tabor attack that connected on .391 percent of their swings by hitting for an amazing .542 percent, and recorded 15 kills on just 24 swings.

Jessanna Nebel also found double-figure kills with 11, and had an attack percentage of .381. Megan Voth and Keeley Kroeker set up Tabor hitters with pinpoint passing all morning. Voth finished with 20 assists, while Kroeker was right behind with 18.

Kansas Wesleyan—Tabor regrouped quickly after the loss to Ottawa by sweeping the first-place Kansas Wesleyan, 3-0, on the Bluejays’ home court.

On a night when the Bluejays honored the parents, the players seemed to have an extra hop in their step. That enthusiasm translated into some huge attacks from Amy Horner, many well-placed attacks from Kendra Kroeker, and a defense that held the Coyotes to a negative hitting percentage (-.021) for the match.

Every time KWU appeared to creep back into the match, a perfect assist from Megan Voth (22 for the game) or Keeley Kroeker ended up heading toward Horner, who found another inch or two in her vertical and, seemingly, another 10 mph on her hits.

For the match, Keeley and Voth reached double-figures assists with 26 and 22, respectively. Horner and Kendra Kroeker reached double-figures in kills with 18 and 10, and Horner and Ali Jost each recorded 12 digs to lead a balanced defensive effort.

Tabor recorded 50 kills to just 18 for the Coyotes and outpaced KWU in assists (49-16) and digs (51-37).

Ottawa—The week began Oct. 25 with a battle against the second-place team in the conference on their home court. The Braves avenged a Sept. 23 loss to the Bluejays with a brutal five-set triumph, 21-25, 25-23, 26-24, 23-25, 10-15, even thought Tabor had the edge in team kills, 60-59.

Amy Horner finished match with a team-high 15 kills, followed closely by Kendra Kroeker with 14 and with Jessanna Nebel with 12.

Coming— The Bluejays will head to Wichita on Wed­nesday to take on Friends. The Falcons are 8-11 in the KCAC, 8-23 overall. Tabor defeated Friends 3-0 in their earlier meeting. The varsity match begins at 7 p.m.

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