The Tabor College volleyball team concluded its three-match week with a 3-1 victory over Sterling Saturday.
Tabor won Set 1, 25-13. The Bluejays hit .375 in the set with 14 kills and only two errors. Sterling led briefly by one at the start, 4-3, but Tabor tied it with a Kendra Kroeker kill to ignite a 5-0 run. The Bluejays never trailed again, and Kroeker polished the 12-point win with her fifth kill of the set.
Tabor won Set 2, 25-15. The teams battled to an 11-11 tie, but a kill by Amy Horner gave the Bluejays the lead for good as Tabor outscored the Warriors, 14-4, after that. Tabor scored four unanswered points to end the set, polishing the win with a kill by Tena Loewen.
Sterling stayed alive by winning Set 3, 25-23. Tabor led, 20-19, but Sterling took a 22-20 lead after that. Tabor tied it at 22 with a service ace by Loewen, and again at 23 with a kill by Miranda Leibold, but two Bluejay errors gave Sterling the win.
Tabor won Set 4, 25-22. Trailing 18-17, the Bluejays kicked it in gear with a 5-0 run. Sterling, however, closed the gap to 22-21 and again drew within one, 23-22, before Tabor secured the win.
“We came out playing well, like we should, and then Game 3 got tight,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “We just played to protect, not play aggressive. When your aggressiveness leaves, you’re always going to be in a dogfight.”
The Bluejays hit .269 for the set with 56 kills, led by Kroeker with 17. Megan Voth had 27 assists. Ali Jost had 16 digs.
Ottawa—Tabor’s 12-game win streak snapped Wednesday with a 3-1 loss to the conference-leading Braves. Tabor’s two KCAC losses have come at the hands of Ottawa.
Tabor lost Set 1, 26-24. The Bluejays hit .238 in the set with 14 kills, led by Tena Loewen with nine.
The Bluejays lost Set 2, 25-19, hitting just .020 for the set. Tabor led, 16-15, but the Braves rallied to the finish by outscoring the Bluejays, 10-3.
Tabor stayed alive by winning Set 3, 28-26. Following a 7-7 tie, a kill by Loewen ignited a 7-0 Bluejay run. Ottawa later took a narrow, 20-19, lead, but a kill by Kendra Kroeker tied the game. Tabor scored the set’s final two points thanks to an Ottawa error and a kill by Amy Horner.
Tabor lost Set 4, 25-21. The Bluejays built a 21-19 lead, but Ottawa scored six unanswered points after that to earn the victory.
“(Ottawa) played well, but we made a ton of errors that weren’t necessary,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “I’m hoping we’ll get to see them again in the tournament because I think there’s a lot of things we’re going to be able to change for that game.”
The Bluejays hit .135 for the match with 55 kills, led by Loewen with 22. Keeley Kroeker had 28 assists. Ali Jost had 34 digs.
Kansas Wesleyan—Tabor won its 12th-consecutive match Monday, 3-1.
In their most efficient performance of the outing, the Bluejays won Set 1, 25-16. Tabor hit .278 for the set and tallied 14 kills, led by Tena Loewen with eight.
Tabor won Set 2, 25-21, pulling away for the win following an 18-18 tie.
The Coyotes stayed alive by winning Set 3, 26-24. Tabor built a 23-20 lead, but Kansas Wesleyan outscored the Bluejays 6-1 after that. Four of those points came from Bluejay errors.
Tabor won Set 4, 27-25. Loewen tied the set at 23 with a kill, and Tabor scored its final four points via Coyote error.
“I thought we battled well,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “I thought we stuck to the game-plan well. We just never panicked.”
The Bluejays hit .163 for the match with 55 kills led by Loewen with 26. Megan Voth had 28 assists. Ali Jost had 28 digs.
Coming—Tabor (13-2, 16-8) was scheduled to play at the University of Saint Mary (8-6, 10-13) Monday. The Bluejays will host McPherson (9-6, 16-8) tonight at 7 p.m. They will travel to Southwestern (4-11, 8-15) next Monday for a 7 p.m. game.