Tabor volleyball team back on winning path

Tabor College?s volleyball team got back on track Tuesday after Friends ended its five-game winning streak Oct. 9.

The Bluejays improved to 8-4 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Oct. 13 with a road win over Bethany, 25-20, 25-22, 25-20. On Friday, Tabor lost to Southern?Nazarene University, 25-20, 25-24, 25-22.

Against Bethany, Jessie Vogts and Tina Frick led the Bluejays with 12 kills a piece. Jordon Crosson contributed 11.

Mandi Phillips registered 43 assists and 10 digs. Vogts led Tabor with 16 digs. Jessica Dixon and Cortney Janzen had 13 digs each.

Tabor has used multiple lineups during KCAC play.

?We?ve had a couple nagging injuries we?ve been trying to heal up,? said coach Amy Ratzlaff. ?I feel like we?ve had several lineups in the last week. Obviously, I?m ready to settle into a lineup.?

Having everyone healthy would be a bonus for Tabor as the Bluejays face two opponents this week who defeated them earlier in the season.

Bethel (9-2, 18-9), who Tabor was scheduled to face Tuesday, came back from a two-set deficit Sept. 16 to win.

?We played really well the first two games against them,? Ratzlaff said. ?I think we let our guard down and we had quite a few errors games three, four and five.?

Thursday?s opponent, Ottawa (9-4, 18-9), beat Tabor in Ottawa, 26-28, 25-23, 25-20, 25-17.

?I?think we?ll match up well against them this time,? said Ratzlaff.

?I feel like we were footsteps away from getting them up there. We had a lot a of errors and injuries up there. I think we?re mentally prepared to play them.?

Currently, fourth in the KCAC?standings, Tabor could jump to second this week with a pair of wins.

?We just need to play really well against those two teams,? Ratzlaff said. ?I?m glad they?re at home. Beating those two teams puts us in a pretty good place in conference.?

Undefeated Friends sits atop the KCAC standings.

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