Tabor College volleyball started its season 0-4, dropping all its contests Friday and Saturday at the Bellevue University Invitational in Bellevue, Neb.
Opening its season against Hastings College Friday, Tabor fell in four sets, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-15.
Later Friday afternoon, Tabor played Doane College, dropping three sets, 17-25, 15-25, 13-25.
The Bluejays continued play Saturday, falling in three sets to host Bellevue University, 21-25, 19-25, 13-25 and Concordia University in five sets, 12-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 14-16.
Bellevue is ranked No. 1 in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference. Doane is the No. 2-ranked team in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Tabor coach Amy Ratzlaff said facing the tough competition early in the season gives the Bluejays a good idea on how to improve.
?We choose that tournament carefully for a reason,? she said. ?It was a really good tournament for us to get better. We definitely got better as the weekend progressed.?
Tina Frick led the Bluejays with 47 killls. Cortney Janzen had 26, Gina Hullet spiked down 26 and Jordan Crosson finished with 20.
Tabor will open at home Wednesday against Friends, who caught a preseason Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference?No. 2 ranking.
With one of their toughest matchups coming Wednesday, Ratzlaff said the Bellevue Tournament will help the Bluejays prepare for the KCAC power.
?Friends is going to be a tough team in the conference,? Ratzlaff said. ?In order to play the level of volleyball we need to be to play Friends, we can?t play weak teams then turn around and play Friends and be caught off guard.?
Gametime from the Tabor gym will 7 p.m. Wednesday. Friday, the Bluejays travel to St. Mary. Saturday, Tabor will play in the Evangel University Tournament in Springfield, Mo.