Jays knock off Spires

Coming off a week with two five-set victories, Tabor defeated the visiting Univer?sity of Saint Mary in four sets Wednesday.
The Bluejays got off to a fast start, building a 7-1 lead in Set 1 and never trailing to win, 25-14.
?We played some really good ball last week, and the speed of the game was good last week,? coach Amy Ratzlaff said. ?That first game was, I think, carry-over of that kind of play.
?It?s just hard to stay sharp. I feel like we struggled then a little bit just transitioning.?
Tabor let a 22-16 lead slip away in the second set, and USM evened the count with a 26-24 victory.
Tabor regained control in Set 3. After trailing early in a back-and-forth battle, the Bluejays gained some separtation at 19-15 on a Courtney Erwin kill. Tabor won, 25-20.
Tabor fell behind 11-10 in Set 4, but later used an 11-0 run to claim a 21-11 lead on the way to a 25-14 win.
?(USM) was keeping a lot of balls off the floor, which always is just frustrating when you can?t have first-ball kill. But we adjusted well in the final game.
?We started making sure we were playing to get that first-ball kill, and that made a big difference. We were hitting balls where we knew we could put them on the floor.?
Jessie Vogts led with a game-high 20 kills. Katie Kaufman added 16 and Tena Loewen and Katelin Horstick 10 each.
KCAC Setter of the Week Holli Wolf recorded 61 assists, and Amy Jo Maphet contributed 21 digs.
Coming?Tabor (13-2, 21-6) hosted Friends (12-3, 22-10)?Monday and will play at Sterling (8-8, 17-15) tonight at 7 p.m. The Bluejays travel to Bethany (2-13, 7-21) Saturday for a 7 p.m. start.

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