Jays block McPherson in home opener



A three-game sweep is a great way for any team to begin conference play, but for Tabor it?s simply the next step on the road to a KCAC championship.

The Bluejays defeated McPher?son College in Wednes?day?s home matchup before earning a split at a Evangel triangular Saturday. Tabor is now 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the KCAC.

McPherson?Against the Bulldogs, the Bluejays took care of business in three sets, starting with wins of 25-12 and 25-11 in the first two games. But the third game took more effort before the Bluejays won the back-and-forth battle, 25-23.

Junior Katie Vogts recorded 14 kills in the match, helping her achieve recognition as the KCAC Player of the Week. She totaled 39 kills in 111 attempts, 31 digs and three assisted blocks for the week.

Senior Jessica Wollenberg chipped in nine kills against the Bulldogs, while junior Jessie Vogts and sophomore Courtney Erwin added six and five kills, respectively. Junior setter Hollister Wolf registered 32 assists, helping the Bluejays to 37 kills.

Defensively, sophomore Amy Jo Maphet set the standard with 11 digs, while Katie Vogts added nine digs and Wolf and sophomore Whitney Maple each had eight.

Evangel Triangular?Tabor picked up a non-conference win in the first round Saturday, taking out Missouri Valley College in four games: 25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-22.

Katie Vogts led in kills with 13, Katelin Horstick added 10 and Jessie Vogts seven. Setter Hollister Wolf chipped in 34 assists, helping Tabor to 44 kills in the match. She also contributed 13 digs. Amy Jo Maphet and Katie Vogts added 18 and 13 digs, respectively.

Horstick had five blocks, with Jessie Vogts, Jessica Wollenberg and Courtney Erwin each chipping in three blocks.

The home-team Crusaders proved too much for Tabor to handle. Evangel won in three games, 25-19, 25-20, 25-18.

Katie Vogts led Tabor in kills with 12, but Jessie Vogts recorded seven kills and Erwin chipped in three. Wolf provided 26 assists, contributing to Tabor?s 33 kills.

Coming?The Bluejays are scheduled to play a tough conference match at Friends Univer?sity Thursday, with the action beginning at 7 p.m.

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