The Tabor College volleyball team went 2-2 at Kansas Wesleyan in its second tournament of the season Saturday and Sunday.
The Bluejays kicked things off with a 3-1 victory over Haskell Indian Nations. Tabor won Set 1, 25-21. Following an 11-11 tie, a kill by Tena Loewen ignited an 8-0 run fueled by Loewen?s strong serving.
Tabor took control with a 25-11 win in Set 2. The Bluejays built a 21-11 lead and ended the game with four kills: one by Tonisha Dean and three by Loewen.
Haskell won Set 3, 26-24.
The Bluejays secured the victory by winning Set 4, 25-21. Tabor tallied 51 kills to Haskell?s 39. Loewen led the attack with 17 kills. Amy Horner added 13.
Tabor then suffered a 3-0 loss to Briar Cliff. The Chargers led in kills, 35-27, but the Bluejays committed 23 attack errors.
Briar Cliff won Set 1, 25-12. Tabor lost Set 2, 25-14, and Set 3, 25-13. With 13 kills, Loewen was the only Bluejay in double digits.
The Bluejays began Sunday with a 3-1 loss to Peru State. Tabor won Set 1, 25-19, but lost Set 2, 25-15. Peru State took Set 3, 25-13, and earned the win by taking Set 4, 25-18.
Tabor concluded the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Graceland, a team receiving votes in the Top 25 poll.
The Bluejays led by as many as 22-17 in Set 1 and won, 25-23. Tabor took control in Set 2, 25-19, and Set 3, 25-22. Loewen led the attack with nine kills. Tabor hit just .078 for the game.
Bethel?Tabor started conference play Wednesday by defeating the Threshers, 3-0. Tabor simply overpowered Bethel, recording 49 kills to Bethel?s 15 for the evening. The Bluejays hit a collective .407 while limiting Bethel to -0.015.
Bethel took the lead out of the gate in Set 1, but Tabor took charge following a 7-7 tie and never trailed again. Nine of Bethel?s first 10 points came from Bluejay errors, something coach Amy Ratzlaff said the team will need to clean up as her young team gets more touches on the ball.
Tena Loewen capped a 4-0 Bluejay run with a kill for a 16-10 Tabor advantage, and the set ended with an Amy Horner kill, 25-17.
?What I liked about the first match is the errors we made were mostly aggressive errors,? Ratzlaff said. ?We didn?t miss a lot of silly errors. We were hitting a little bit too hard or serving a little bit too tough. There were a few serve-receive errors that we need to cut out, but for the most part, it was aggressive errors, and that?s way different than weak errors.?
Tabor missed 10 serves on the night, four of which happened in Set 1.
Katelin Horstick got things rolling in Set 2 with a kill, and the Bluejays built to a 7-1 lead. Tabor increased it to 14-5, but Bethel narrowed the gap with a 6-1 run. The Bluejays burst to the finish to win, 25-17.
Bethel took a 3-2 lead in Set 3, but a kill by Katie Frankenbery ignited a 12-1 Bluejay run, aided by the strong serving of Keeley Kroeker and Tena Loewen. Amy Horner pounded the net with four consecutive kills during that stretch, and Tabor enjoyed a 10-point lead, 14-4.
The closest Bethel got after that was within eight, and Tabor cruised to the finish and polished the 25-16 win with a Loewen kill.
?This team is just young enough, it takes us a little bit to adjust to different styles of play, and the sooner we learn how to adjust, the better we?ll be at the start of a match,? Ratzlaff said.
Horner led the attack with 17 kills. Horstick added 11 and Loewen 10. Kroeker had 18 assists; Frankenbery added 14.
Coming?Tabor (1-0, 5-5)?returns to conference play at Sterling (9-3) tonight. Game time is 7 p.m. The Bluejays will participate in the Evangel Tournament Friday and Saturday.