Hoping to avenge a loss to McPherson College back in September, the Tabor College volleyball team faced the Bulldogs again on Saturday before a home crowd.
Unfortunately, Bulldogs can be doggedly stubborn. The visitors from McPherson left Hillsboro with a 3-1 victory against the Bluejays, with scores of 19-25, 18-25, 25-20 and 26-28.
The loss dropped the Bluejays to fourth place in the KCAC standings with a 13-4 record and an 18-8 record for the season. With the win, McPherson is right behind Tabor in the conference standings at 12-5 and 16-8 overall.
Amy Horner led Tabor’s attack with 20 kills with .218 hitting success. Jessanna Nebel also reached double-digit kills with 12.
Horner also led the team in digs with 17.
Meanwhile, McPherson had three players with double-digit kills, led by Lexi Kite with 15 and Devrie Sombers and Bree Wallace with 12 each.
“Friday was certainly a hard loss for us,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “In volleyball, the conference tournament determines a lot about post-season play, so our focus is to continue to improve each week in preparation for the tournament.
“We are making some changes offensively that should help with the matches this week and we are continuing to work on starting out playing with the urgency to win.
“We came out flat on Friday and our play improved as the match continued,” she added.
“This week we need to be ready to come out strong and minimize our early game errors.
Coming—Tabor will have its work cut out for itself this week. The Bluejays will travel to second-place Ottawa (15-2, 21-8) on Wednesday, then return home Friday for a 7 p.m. match against Kansas Wesleyan, the KCAC leader at 15-2 and 20-7. On Saturday, York College (1-15, 4-25) comes to town for a match that begins at 11 a.m.