The Tabor volleyball began last week with a three-set sweep of Friends University at home and ended the week with a three-set sweep of Bethel College at North Newton.
In between, the Bluejays lost a five-set battle with Oklahoma Wesleyan in Bartlesville.
The 2-1 week positions Tabor in a tie with Ottawa for third place in the KCAC with a 9-3 record. Kansas Wesleyan leads the pack at 10-1 and Oklahoma Wesleyan is 9-2.
Bethel—The Threshers (1-11, 3-13) gave the Bluejays a battle in the first and third sets, with an easy victory in the middle set, 28-26, 25-12, 25-22.
Amy Horner led the Bluejays both in kills (14) and digs (12). Jessanna Nebel contributed 11 kills
Coach Amy Ratzlaff attributed the inconsistency to line-up changes and illness at the match.
“We certainly came out making more errors than I had seen us make in awhile,” she added. “I am proud of the team for battling back in the first set so we could take the match in three. It was a long week of volleyball, so we are looking forward to recovering and getting our feet back under us for the mid-season tournament next weekend.”
Oklahoma Wesleyan—The lost to the Eagles, 3-2, Wednesday in Bartlesville. The two teams split the first four sets, 17-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19, but OKWU prevailed in a 15-13 final set for the victory.
For the match, OKWU outhit Tabor .145 percent to .132 percent, had more digs (101 to 93), and was stronger at the net defensively as they recorded six solo and 16 block assists while Tabor recorded just four and six, respectively.
Sydney Peitz led Tabor’s attack off the bench with a .333 percentage, but normally rock-solid Amy Horner was held to a .054 percent on her attacks, though she did lead with 17 kills. Kim Hockley add 15 kills and Jessanna Nebel 10.
Megan Voth led in assists with 26, with Keeley Kroeker right behind with 23. Four players were in double figures in digs, led by Ali Jost’s 28.
Friends—Tabor began the week Monday with a three-set sweep of Friends on the Bluejays’ home court, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18.
For the match, Tabor hit at a .211 percent rate on their attacks while holding Friends to an anemic .019 percent. The defense recorded eight block assists, but Tabor’s success was more about tipping balls at the net and keeping them alive, and the back row of the defense hustling to return Falcon hits.
Coming—The Bluejays will participate this week in the first KCAC Mid-Season Tournament in Hutchinson. Tabor will face Bethany and Southwestern Friday, then the University of Saint Mary and Sterling College Saturday.
“With the addition of teams to the KCAC, we were running out of play dates to fit all the schools into the schedule, so the mid-season tournament was created to alleviate some of the scheduling issues,” coach Amy Ratzlaff.
“All matches will count toward conference rankings. Each team pooled two home games and two away games into the tournament, so we will lose two home matches this year, but we will also have to travel two fewer times.”