Tabor volleyball 1-4 for the week

Tena Loewen attempts to block an Ottawa attack during Wednesday’s match. Offensively, Loewen recorded 21 kills in Tabor’s 3-2 loss to the Braves.In its final appearance before KCAC play begins in full force, the Tabor College volleyball team went 1-3 at the Evangel tournament Friday and Saturday.

The Bluejays began the tournament with a 3-0 loss to 19th-ranked Bellevue, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22.

Tena Loewen led the attack with eight kills. Megan Voth had 10 assists. Ali Jost had 14 digs.

Tabor then lost, 3-0, to College of the Ozarks, 27-25, 25-22, 25-19.

Loewen recorded 14 kills. Keeley Kroeker had 21 assists. Jost added 32 digs.

Saturday began with a 3-1 loss to Evangel, a team that is receiving votes in the national poll. Tabor lost the first two sets, 25-13, 25-18, before winning Set 3, 25-16. Evangel claimed the victory with a 25-21 win in Set 4.

Loewen led the attack with 11 kills and eight service aces. Kroeker had 21 assists. Jost had 29 digs.

The Bluejays ended the tournament on a high note by defeating John Brown, 3-1.

John Brown won Set 1, 25-17, but Tabor claimed the next three, 25-23, 25-16, 25-19.

Kendra Kroeker led the attack with 16 kills. Voth had 27 assists. Jost had 21 digs.

Ottawa—Tabor lost a grueling five-set match against a Brave team picked to top the KCAC in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Tabor came out strong with a 25-17 victory in Set 1. The Bluejays hit .267 for the set and recorded 12 kills.

Although Ottawa scored the set’s first two points, Tabor quickly gained the lead, 4-3, thanks to a service ace by Katie Frankenbery, and the Bluejays never trailed again.

Tabor used a pair of kills by Tena Loewen and an Ottawa error to score the set’s final three points, taking their largest lead at the end.

Ottawa, however, won Set 2, 25-23. The teams remained within three points for the duration. Tabor took its final lead, 17-16, after kills by Miranda Leibold and Loewen and an Ottawa error, but the Braves scored three in a row to jump in front. The Bluejays rallied to tie the set at 23, but Ottawa scored the next two points.

Tabor won Set 3, 25-21.

Leading 15-10, Tabor endured a 6-0 Ottawa burst before a kill by Kendra Kroeker put an end to the run. The Bluejays later enjoyed a 4-0 run, capped by a pair of kills from Loewen, to lead, 20-17. Tabor never looked back from there, and Amy Horner polished the win with a set-winning kill.

Ottawa evened the match by winning Set 4, 25-15. Tabor recorded more attack errors (12) than kills (10). Following a 5-5 tie, Ottawa outscored Tabor, 8-1, aided by four Bluejay errors. The Bluejays never recovered after that, and the Braves burst to the finish with an 8-3 run. Seven of those points came from Bluejay errors.

Ottawa claimed the victory with a 15-9 win in Set 5. Tabor trailed, 9-5, but worked to tie the game at 9 after a kill by Horner. That was the Bluejays’ final point, however, as Ottawa used five Bluejay errors to cruise to a 6-0 finish.

Loewen recorded 21 kills. Ali Jost had 25 digs.

Coming—Tabor (1-1, 4-7) will travel to Sterling (2-1, 7-6) tonight for a 7 p.m. game before returning home to host Saint Mary (1-1, 3-6) Friday at 5 p.m.

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