TC volleyball 1-3 in first outing

The Tabor College volleyball team opened the season last week at the Oklahoma Baptist tournament Friday and Saturday. They finished with a record 1-3.

?We really had a great weekend of growth,? coach Amy Ratzlaff said. ?We took some time to work on different lineups and had time to explore our strengths and weaknesses.?

The Bluejays opened with a 3-0 loss to 14th-ranked Oklahoma Baptist (25-22, 25-12, 25-17) Friday.

Tena Loewen and Madi?son Hoover led the attack with five kills apiece; Loe?wen recorded all three of the team?s service aces. Kelsea Brittain led with 15 assists, while Katelin Horstick had one solo block. Whitney Maple contributed 11 digs.

Tabor followed with a 3-0 loss to John Brown (25-18, 25-22, 25-23).

Loewen led the attack with 12 kills and three service aces. Brittain contributed 15 assists; Megan Voth added 13. Maple recorded 18 digs, and Horstick had one solo block.

Tabor gained its first win of the season Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Wiley College (25-13, 21-25, 25-14, 23-25, 15-7).

Horstick led the attack with 16 kills. Loewen added 12. Brittain contributed 24 assists.

Taylor Standiford served for three aces, while Maple had 48 digs. Brooke Hollo?way and Hoover each recorded a solo block.

The Bluejays lost their final contest of the tournament with a highly contested 3-2 loss to Southwestern Assemblies of God (25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 29-31, 10-15).

Loewen led with 23 kills, and Brittain had 33 assists. Loewen and Maple each hit four service aces. Maple contributed 20 digs, while Hor?stick added two solo blocks.

?We found we have a team that battles hard every point of the game,? Ratzlaff said of the two-day outing. ?Our inexperience caused a number of errors that we need to limit, but if a team is willing to battle, good things will start happening.?

Coming?The Bluejays will participate in the Kansas Wesleyan tournament Saturday and Sunday.

The first game is slated for 6 p.m. against Oklahoma City University with an 8 p.m. contest against Briar Cliff University to follow.

Sunday action will begin with a 4 p.m. match against Mount Marty College, followed by a contest with Haskell Indian Nations University at 8 p.m.

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