TC volleyball sweeps Eagles, Swedes

Tena Loewen attacks the net with a kill that gave Tabor an 8-7 lead over Oklahoma Wesleyan in Set 3 Saturday. Tabor defeated the Eagles, 3-0.The Tabor College volleyball team swept two KCAC schools last week. After defeating Bethany Wednesday, Tabor earned a 3-0 win over Oklahoma Wesleyan Saturday, improving to 8-1 in KCAC play, 11-7 overall. Tabor is riding an eight-game win streak.

Tabor won Set 1, 25-12. The Bluejays established a 14-4 lead and continued to gain momentum. Tabor hit .360 with 10 kills in the set. Amy Horner led the attack with five kills.

Tabor won Set 2, 25-10. This time, the Eagles built a 6-3 lead, but Tabor scored three points after that to tie the game. OKWU scored just four points after that, two of which came from Bluejay errors, and Tabor cruised to victory. Five Bluejays recorded a kill in the set, led by Tena Loewen with five.

Tabor won Set 3, 25-19. The teams locked heads in a tie 17 times, the final time at 16-16. After that, Tabor outscored the Eagles 9-3, winning the set on a kill by Kendra Kroeker. The Bluejays recorded 15 kills in the set, led by Loewen with five.

Loewen tallied 13 kills in the match. Megan Voth had 19 assists. Ali Jost had eight digs.

“Our goal today was to celebrate every play rather than trying to just go for the win,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “When you go for the win, you get lost a little bit in the pressure of getting the win. When you celebrate every ball, all of a sudden things are just rolling and fun.”

Ratzlaff said the team’s rhythm improved in the outing.

“The girls did a better job of making sure we got ourselves back into system so we felt our normal cadence,” she said. “That really helped.”

Bethany—Tabor swept the Swedes in three sets Wednesday, but coach Amy Ratzlaff said the nature of the last few matches has taken the Bluejays out of their normal system to some extent.

“We haven’t played great the last two matches, and the girls know it,” she said. “It has been different types of matches than we had been playing up until this point. Everything’s just a little bit choppier.”

Tabor won Set 1, 25-22, but had to rally from a deficit. The Bluejays took a 17-14 lead following kills by Sydney Peitz and Kendra Kroeker and a service ace by Haley Falk, but then Bethany went on an 8-2 run to lead, 22-19. The Swedes did not score again. Tena Loewen capped the set with a kill.

Tabor won Set 2, 25-21. The Bluejays used a 4-0 run to take the lead, 10-9, after a kill by Loewen, but the set remained close. The teams battled to a 20-20 tie before Tabor established the advantage for good. Amy Horner scored two of Tabor’s final five points via kill.

The Bluejays settled in for Set 3, winning comfortably, 25-11.

Bethany jumped in front, 5-4, but after that, Tabor outscored the Swedes, 9-1, to take the lead for good, 13-6. The Bluejays continued to build momentum, and cruised to the 14-point victory. Tabor hit .323 in the set, and Loewen led the attack with five kills.

“The last set we finally played well,” Ratzlaff said. “Not just because of the score. We had energy and excitement.”

Loewen tallied 17 kills on the night on .314 hitting. Keeley Kroeker had 18 assists. Horner had nine digs.

“I feel like our defense is pretty solid match to match,” Ratzlaff said. “We just need our offense to continue to work on being more consistent.”

Coming—Tabor (8-1, 11-7) was scheduled to host Southwestern (2-7, 6-11) Monday. The Bluejays will travel to York (1-8, 2-19) tonight for a 7 p.m. game and will host Friends (5-4, 7-10) Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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