After eight straight wins to open conference play the Tabor College volleyball team suffered its first loss to a Kansas Colle?giate Athletic Conference opponent with a four-game defeat (19-25, 25-23, 22-25, 24-26) Oct. 6 at Ottawa.
The Braves jumped on the Bluejays early.
?We did not play our game at Ottawa,? coach Amy Ratzlaff said. ?We had error after error after error and just couldn’t get the job done.?
The Bluejays eliminated the errors and cleaned up in four games against Southern Nazarene (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21) on Friday. Tabor had 19 blown attacks at Ottawa, but committed just five errors against Southern Nazarene.
Tina Frick tallied 16 kills at Ottawa and piled up 19 against the Crimson Storm.
Carly Kroeker and Gina Hullet killed 10 apiece at Ottawa but figured less prominently against Nazarene on account of Ashley Cohlmia?s return to form. Cohlmia had seven kills and four errors at Ottawa, over against 22 kills and four errors on Friday.
Frick and Mandi Phillips were again feted by the conference as the hitter-setter tandem continues to be the class of the conference. Phillips posted 48 assists at Ottawa and 54 against Southern Nazarene.
Ratzlaff said ?Tina had an unbelievable week and was simply unstoppable against Southern Nazarene…Her 4.38 kills per-game is impressive, but what I am excited about is her overall .545 hitting percentage for the week. To have a hitter with only five errors for the week is significant.?
Phillips? ?setter of the week? award is her fifth in a row.
?The 12.75 assists stat for Mandi is certainly worthy of the honor,? Ratzlaff said.
The home win avenged an early season sweep at Southern Nazarene.
Coming?Tabor (8-1, 11-7 overall) resumes conference play today (Oct. 14) hosting Southwestern at 7 p.m. The Bluejays host McPherson Tuesday (Oct. 20).