The Bethel College volleyball team had too many moments without enough fight, falling to Friends University in four games Monday in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Thresher Gym.


The Bethel College volleyball team had too many moments without enough fight, falling to Friends University in four games Monday in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Thresher Gym.

Friends won the match 25-22, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16. The Falcons are 24-8, 14-0 in KCAC play, winning for the 15th straight match. Bethel falls to 19-11, 10-4 in KCAC play. Friends sweeps the regular-season series.

Bethel drops its third match in the last four.

“We got to about 21 in the first set, then we make a mistake,” Bethel coach Chad Schilling said. “Then we make another mistake. Friends is just too good of a team. The second game, they were doing whatever they wanted — getting up a block, hitting around our block — hitting into other team’s blocks, that’s something we’ve got to get figured out. We just swing away in the middle of the court and wonder why we’re getting blocked. You’ve got line and you’ve got angle.

“We allow, not just Friends, but we allow teams to push us. We need to start pushing back. We’re too talented a team to let that happen.”

For Friends, Courtney McCune had 15 kills, followed by Carrie Kahn with 12, Chandra Slates with eight, Rexanne Schilowsky with six and Jessica Mullen with six. Chandra Slates downed seven blocks. Schilowsky and Mullen each downed three. Lorielle Slates had both of Friends’ aces in the match.

For Bethel, Bethany Thiesen had 14 kills, followed by Maggie Stephenson with seven, Malerie Hertzler with five and Kristen Lohaus with five. Thiesen and Stephenson each downed five blocks. Addison Wolf and Whitney Hiebner each served two aces. Wolf had 32 digs. Alyssa Schrag has 23 assists.

Bethel the first led by as many as four early, aided by Friends hitting and serving errors. Bethel started making hitting later in the game, allowing Friends to take a 21-20 lead and force a Thresher time out. Friends came out and scored another point, forcing Bethel’s second time out. The Threshers managed just one more point in the game.

Tied 9-9 in the second game, Friends made a 6-2 run. Bethel managed just five more points in the game.

Bethel fell behind 9-4 in the third game, getting called for several hitting violations. Down 21-16, Bethel made a 6-0 run. Friends scored the next three points. Bethel held off three match points, winning the game on two straight Wolf aces.

“I call that time out, and we start fighting,” Schilling said. “I saw the change in their face. We went out there and pull it out.”

Bethel fell behind 11-5 in the fourth game. The Threshers came right back to tie the game 12-12 only to give up a 5-0 run aided by hitting errors.

“We fight so hard to win that (third) game then we go out and fall behind again,” Schilling said. “There’s something not clicking from practice to game. This is not how we’re going to go down this season. We’re going to fight it.”

Bethel travels to Ottawa at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Bethel is a half-match behind Ottawa for second place in the conference.

“We’re tied with them for that no. 2 seed,” Schilling said. “This is a must-win for us and that’s a tough place to play.”

Bethel box

k as ac d b

Wolf 0 1 2 32 0

Volk 1 0 0 7 0

Stephenson 7 0 0 2 5

Cox 0 0 0 0 0

Peters 0 9 1 6 0

Gray 3 0 0 1 0

Thiesen 14 0 0 1 5

Hiebner 2 0 2 15 0

Steingard 0 1 0 1 1

Hertzler 5 0 0 2 2

Lohaus 5 0 0 2 2

Schrag 1 23 0 9 0

k-kills, as-assists, ac-aces, d-digs, b-total blocks.