The Tabor College volleyball team rebounded from a disappointing loss to Kansas Wesleyan on Thursday with a 3-0 sweep Saturday of York College in Nebraska.
The scores were 25-19, 25-19, 25-13, giving Tabor a 7-2 record in KCAC and 12-6 overall. Meanwhile, last-place York slipped to 1-8 and 3-16.
Amy Horner led the attack with 15 kills on 34 attempts, while Sydney Peitz and Kim Hockley connected at a very high rate—Peitz converting on .500 percent of her attempts and Hockley on .429 percent.
As a team, Tabor outhit York, .231 to .065, returning to the form that has helped them to their 12-6 record: solid offense backed by a relentless defense.
Megan Voth and Keeley Kroeker recorded 20 and 16 assists, respectively. Ali Jost and Haley Falk led in digs with 21 and 20, respectively.
Horner recorded seven aces, and Tabor tallied nine as a team to only three for the Panthers.
“The York game was an opportunity to make some changes, and the team played a solid match,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said.
KWU—Coming off a huge win over previously undefeated Ottawa University Oct. 23, Tabor dropped a four-set match Thursday to the KCAC-leading Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan, 25-14, 24-26, 22-25, 17-25.
The loss dropped the Bluejays to 6-2 in the KCAC and 4-2 overall while KWU improved to 8-1, 13-4.
Tabor started strong, building a 14-3 lead with opportunistic offense and a stifling defense. Sixteen of their 25 points were won off of the offensive side of the net. Meanwhile, Tabor limited KWU to a .034 attack percentage for the set.
Tabor jumped to a 13-6 in the second set. While their defense was still effective, the offense began to sputter, and eventually grind to a halt. The Bluejays would hit only .062 percent, committing 12 attacking errors on 48 swings.
Tabor again scored 16 points, but the Bluejays gave KWU 16 points on errors.
In Set 3 Tabor gave away only five points on errors, but thia time the defense was all but non-existent as KWU hit .444 percent for the set, recording 18 kills with only two errors on 36 swings.
In the final set, Tabor established a couple of early leads, the last one at 11-10, before the Coyotes closed the match on a 15-6 run.
“The team came out strong against KWU, but due to a number of factors, didn’t finish the match well,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said.
“It is always a learning experience when you take a loss, and this team learned some very valuable lessons that will help fuel us during the second round.”
Coming—Tabor faced off Monday with Friends University in Hillsboro. Friends entered the match 5-4 in the KCAC, but on a two-match losing streak.
Tabor will travel to Oklahoma Wesleyan on Wednesday and Bethel on Saturday. The start time in North Newton is 11 a.m.
“It should be a good week of volleyball,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “Saturday starts our second round of play. Monday was the first night that returning middle hitter, Kendra Kroeker, will be back with the team.”