Bluejays secure three KCAC wins

Kendra Kroeker attacks the net during Set 2 against Bethel Wednesday as Goessel product Tia Goertzen (6) and Shaela Jenkins block for the Threshers. Tabor won in three sets and moved to 18-2 in KCAC play following a three-win week.The Tabor College volleyball team improved to 18-2 in conference play with three victories last week.

After defeating Southwestern and Bethel, the Bluejays swept Bethany Friday to win their sixth match in a row.

Tabor was most productive offensively in Set 1, hitting .400 with 14 kills to roll to a 25-18 win. After a back-and-forth start, Tabor turned a 9-8 deficit into a 12-9 lead and never trailed again. The Bluejays scored the set’s final four points via a pair of kills by Tena Loewen and Miranda Leibold and two services aces by Loewen.

Set 2 was closer, but Tabor prevailed, 25-23. Bethany led by as many as 14-9, but Tabor used a 5-0 run to tie the game. The teams engaged in a back-and-forth battle until kills by Sydney Peitz and Amy Horner gave Tabor the win.

The Bluejays won Set 3, 25-16. Loewen set the tone with a kill to start the set, and Tabor never trailed. The Bluejays gained distance with a 7-0 run. The set ended with a kill by Loewen.

“It’s always good to get a win on the road in three sets,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “We were able to work on some things during the match. In a few of our games lately, we would start strong and then let our guard down during the match. On Friday, we finished stronger than when we started, which was good to accomplish.”

Loewen led the attack with 15 kills on .306 hitting. Megan Voth had 23 assists. Ali Jost had 17 digs. Horner had two solo blocks.

Bethel—Tabor swept the Threshers in three sets Wednesday, rebounding from a difficult match at Southwestern Monday.

“We didn’t play very well at Southwestern,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “It was frustrating. We just didn’t take any kind of control of the game. We just kind of played in response, and it was not very fun.

“So we put some new things in and did some things differently tonight, and the girls really stepped up and owned the game.”

The Bluejays won Set 1, 25-16, hitting .316 with 14 kills. With Tabor leading by one, 15-14, Kendra Kroeker attacked the net with a kill that ignited a 10-2 run to the finish. Amy Horner scored the set’s final four points with three service aces and a kill.

Tabor won Set 2, 25-12. The Bluejays built a 7-1 lead behind the strong serving of Tena Loewen, who contributed four aces during that stretch. Tabor’s lead grew to double figures, and the set ended with a kill by Horner.

The Bluejays polished the sweep with a 25-16 win in Set 3. Tabor used a 7-0 run to enjoy an 11-3 advantage, and when Bethel closed the gap to 12-9, the Bluejays scored five in a row to regain an eight-point margin. In the end, Tabor won by nine, following a kill by Horner.

Horner led the attack with 14 kills on .500 hitting. Megan Voth had 23 assists. Ali Jost had 14 digs.

Southwestern—Tabor battled from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Moundbuilders in five sets Monday.

“It wasn’t a fun environment to be in,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “We just kind of came off our game for a little while and then picked it up in the fourth and fifth (sets).”

The Bluejays hit .407 with 13 kills to roll to a 25-11 victory in Set 1. Tabor ended the set with four unanswered points, concluding with a kill by Tena Loewen.

Southwestern won Set 2, 26-24. The Moundbuilders took an 11-2 lead. Despite the slow start, the Bluejays tied the game at 24 with four consecutive kills—two each from Kendra Kroeker and Loewen. But a pair of attack errors sealed Southwes­tern’s victory.

Southwestern earned another two-point victory in Set 3, 27-25.

Tabor evened the match by winning Set 4, 25-16. The Bluejays trailed, 4-0, but tied the game at 13 then scored seven in a row to take the lead for good.

The Bluejays earned the victory by winning Set 5, 15-8. Loewen led the attack with 24 kills on .203 hitting. Keeley Kroeker had 30 assists. Ali Jost had 32 digs.

Coming—Tabor (18-2, 21-8) was scheduled to play at Oklahoma Wesleyan (13-6, 18-8) tonight. The Bluejays will host York (2-18, 3-29) Saturday at 1 p.m.

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