Tabor volleyball head to Nebraska after Bethel win

Sydney Peitz attacks the net during Set 2 with Bethel Wednesday. Peitz recorded two kills and led the team with five block assists in Tabor’s 3-0 win.Tabor College headed north to Nebraska for a weekend volleyball tournament at Bellevue University, but absorbed a pair of losses on Day 1 of the Bruin Classic.

In the first match, the Bluejays squared off against a Missouri Valley team that is receiving votes in the early national polls.

Tabor jumped to an early 6-4 lead in Set 1, but the Vikings scored nine consecutive points to take a lead they would never relinquish.

After falling behind by as many as 10 points (20-10), the Bluejays battled back to trail 23-18, but a kill by Hailey Criswell and a Dakota Santore ace closed out the match for Missouri Valley.

Set 2 saw Tabor jump to an early lead, and this time they would not give it up. Though the Vikings tied the score on a couple of occasions, the Bluejays got a kill from newcomer Jessanna Nebel and another from Kim Hockley to take the set, 25-23.

Sets three and four, with a few exceptions, saw Missouri Valley leading.

Statistically, the two teams were close. Individu­ally, Amy Horner and Nebel led the way with 17 and 13 kills, respectively. Megan Voth led with 22 assists and Keeley Kroeker added 20.

Defensively, Ali Jost registered 23 digs to pace the Bluejays; Horner added 14 and Voth 12.

In their second match of the day versus Peru State, an anemic offense resulted in a three-set loss to the Bobcats. Tabor hit at only a .014 percent clip. Peru State at .198 wasn’t great, but it good enough to claim the win.

“The team played really hard all day,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “The level of competition at the tournament is extremely high and resembles the play we would see at the national tournament.

“Our defense was on fire all day, we just need to continue to work on all the early season adjustments that need to be made.”

Tabor was to face William Woods on Saturday morning, and then face off against Oklahoma City University in an afternoon match.

Bethel—The Tabor volleyball team started KCAC play with a 3-0 win over Bethel Wednesday in the Bluejays’ home-opener.

It took time for the Blue­jays to find their rhythm, but gained momentum as the night went on and rolled over the Threshers, 25-20, 25-18, 25-7.

Bethel never led by more than one after claiming the first point of Set 1, but closed the gap within three a few times, and, late in the set, scored four points in a row to draw within 24-20 before Kendra Kroeker ended the set with a kill.

In Set 2, Tabor built a 14-7 lead, but a 5-1 Bethel rally again brought the Threshers within three. Tabor enjoyed a 10-6 advantage after that, once again ending the set with a Kroeker kill.

By Set 3, Tabor’s hitting percentage increased to .464 with 16 kills. Amy Horner recorded her eighth kill of the set to give Tabor a 13-5 lead and ignite a 12-0 run that secured the victory.

“We ran some things, and even if they didn’t run perfectly, we were running things that are going to make us successful, and that’s what we want to see in games like this,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “An aggressive error isn’t a big deal at this point in the season. It’s timid ones.”

Tabor recorded 37 kills in the outing, led by Horner with 15. Bethel, meanwhile, made more attack errors (23) than kills (18).

Megan Voth had 15 assists and Keeley Kroeker 14. Ali Jost recorded 13 digs. Tabor executed 16 block assists, led by Sydney Peitz with five.

Coming—The Bluejays will travel to Bethany today to take on Bethany College, with a 7 p.m. start.

The team will compete at the Evangel Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The first match will be against Saint Louis College of Pharmacy followed by a match with College of the Ozarks. The following day the Bluejays Evangel University and Peru State

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