The Tabor College volleyball team swept McPherson Friday to improve to 11-4 in the KCAC, 18-10 overall.
Tabor took control from the beginning with a 25-20 Set 1 victory. The Bluejays built a 7-1 lead and gradually increased it to double digits, 16-6, after a Miranda Leibold kill. Tabor withheld a 10-4 Bulldog run down the stretch to claim the five-point win.
The Bluejays earned a narrow, 25-23 victory in Set 2. Tabor led by as many as four, but McPherson tied the game at 18. The teams traded points until a pair of kills by Amy Horner gave Tabor the win.
Tabor won Set 3, 25-22. Following a 17-17 tie, Tabor took the lead with kills by Leibold and Katelin Horstick and a block by Horstick and Tonisha Dean. The Bluejays maintained the lead the rest of the way, polishing the set with a Tena Loewen kill.
Horstick led the attack with 13 kills.
Saint Mary?Sparked by a three-set loss to Friends earlier in the week, Tabor won its sixth five-set victory of the season Wednesday.
The Bluejays? scoring fluctuated from set to set, as Saint Mary won Set 1, 25-23, but Tabor came roaring back to claim a dominating 25-6 victory in Set 2. The Spires won Set 3, 25-23, before Tabor took the next two, 25-19 and 15-7.
Coach Amy Ratzlaff attributed the variance in scoring to errors made by a young team.
?We?re just trying to be okay with aggressive errors and not be okay with unaggressive errors, and they?re learning the difference between those two kinds of errors,? she said. ?We?re going to win a lot of ball games even if we make aggressive errors, and we?re going to lose a lot of ball games if we make unaggressive errors.
?In the third set, that was the problem. We made a lot of unaggressive errors.?
Ratzlaff said she is still making changes to the lineup in order to give the Bluejays the best chance to win.
?I expect it to continue to change,? she said. ?We?re just going to play the competitors, and they have all done a good job. It?s just, at this level, you?ve just got to keep looking for the best lineups and the best combinations, so that?s kind of been the goal.?
Tabor?s hitting was best in Set 5, with 10 kills and just two errors. Tena Loewen led the Bluejays with 20 kills on .333 hitting.
Friends?Tabor suffered a 3-0 loss on the road Monday (25-22, 25-21, 25-23).
?We played horribly and played with them,? coach Amy Ratzlaff said. ?I think we could?ve played and given them a run for their money. We just did not play well.?
Both teams hit .106 for the game. No Bluejay had double-digit kills. Tena Loewen led with nine.
Coming?Tabor was scheduled to play at Southwestern (4-11, 8-18)?Monday and will host conference-leading Ottawa (15-1, 26-4) Wednesday at 7 p.m.