Tabor volleyball clinches home court advantage

The Tabor volleyball team earned back-to-back conference victories on the road this week to secure a home berth for the first round of Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament play.

Tabor downed Southwestern College (0-18, 7-22) in a three-game sweep Wednesday, before traveling to Leavenworth to knock out the University of Saint Mary (5-13, 10-23) Friday for its second straight sweep.

With the wins, Tabor improves to a 17-9 overall record and 12-6 in conference play—good enough for a No. 4 spot in the KCAC standings.

Two Tabor players received KCAC Volleyball Player of the Week honors, with outside Katie Vogts being named Hitter of the Week and Amy Jo Maphet earning Libero of the Week. This is both Vogts’ and Maphet’s fourth time receiving Player of the Week honors, with Maphet being named Libero of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Vogts earned 46 kills over three matches, averaging 4.18 kills a set, and recorded a .315 hitting percentage in eleven conference games.

Maphet, a defensive specialist, racked up 50 digs (4.55 per game) in Tabor’s 3-0 run this week, earning a .780 reception percentage and a .750 percentage in eleven conference matches.

Saint Mary—Tabor dominated right from the start in its 25-16, 25-12, 25-10 sweep of the Spires.

Katie Vogts and Jessie Vogts both earned double-digit kills, with 14 and 11, respectively. Katelin Horstick chipped in six kills and Courtney Erwin four to round out the Bluejay attack.

Hollister Wolf provided 41 assists to help Tabor to 44 total kills. Amy Jo Maphet and Katie Vogts each hit double digits in digs with 12 and 10, respectively.

Southwestern—The Bluejays followed a hard-fought win over Sterling last Monday with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 sweep of South­western College Wednesday.

Katie Vogts and Jessica Wollenberg led the Bluejay attack with nine kills each, followed by Katelin Horstick and Courtney Erwin with eight each. Jessie Vogts added seven.

Hollister Wolf was credited with 36 assists to help Tabor to 42 total kills, as well as earning 10 digs on defense.

Amy Jo Maphet led the back row with 15 digs and Katie Vogts chipped in five, with Wolf, Horstick and Erwin taking care of the net with a solo block each.

Coming—No. 4 seeded Tabor College was scheduled to host the No. 5 seed, Sterling College, Tuesday night in the first round of the KCAC tournament.

During the regular season Tabor and Sterling split 1-1. Sterling defeated Tabor Oct. 2 in five sets and the Bluejays returned the favor in a five-set victory over the Warriors Oct. 29.

Sterling has won seven of its last 10 games, but came up one conference victory short of the fourth and final quarterfinal hosting seed.

Tabor comes into the tournament winning seven straight games. Tabor’s last loss came at the hands of Ottawa (3-1) on Oct. 13.

The winner of the Tabor-Sterling match will play the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 1 Ottawa University (27-5, 18-0) and No. 8 Saint Mary (10-23, 5-13).

Home court will be determined by the higher-seeded team.

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