The Bethel College volleyball team won the match it needed Saturday, splitting a triangular at Thresher Gym.
The Bethel College volleyball team won the match it needed Saturday, splitting a triangular at Thresher Gym.Bethel took down Tabor in KCAC play in three games, but fell to Southern Nazarene in non-conference play in three games.Bethel downed the Bluejays 25-22, 27-25, 25-19. Bethel fell to SNU 25-21, 25-9, 25-20.Tabor fell to SNU 25-13, 25-14, 25-11.Bethel is 6-7 and moves into a three-way tie for second in the KCAC at 3-1. Tabor falls to 7-7, 3-2 in KCAC play. SNU is 15-2.“Tabor is always a big game, because its Tabor,” Bethel coach Chad Schilling said. “It’s also the next conference match on the schedule. Taking that early loss against Southwestern made that even bigger. We can’t afford to shoot ourselves in the foot any more. We had a couple of days of practice to talk about them. Our big thing wasn’t what they did, but what we needed to do. Our serve needs to be aggressive, because they are a very strong offensive team — tall. ... (Because of Bethel’s serving,) their setter had to go to her knees a lot, which affects their attack. Our block was also important. We didn’t have a lot of blocks downed, but we were able to get touches on them to set up our offense.”Against Tabor, Jordan Gray had 13 kills. Lindsey Chandler had six kills and nine blocks, three solo. Alyssa Schrag had 20 assists. Addison Wolf had 20 digs. For Tabor, Jessie Vogts had 16 kills. Hollister Wolf, sister of Bethel’s Addison, had 35 assists and 16 digs. Hollie Tabor also had 16 digs. Courtney Janzen had six total blocks.Against Southern Nazarene, Bethel’s Jordan Gray had eight kills. Amber Blount had six assists. Allison Wolf had 15 digs. Lindsey Chandler had four total blocks. For Southern Nazarene, Natalia Oliveira had 14 kills, followed by Taylor Jacobs with 11. Kaylee Piatt had 37 assists. KateLyn Biddy had 16 digs, followed by Ellen Martin with 12. Piatt and Jacobs each downed three blocks,“Southern is a good team,” Schilling said. “We were not able to get enough pressure on them. They are going (NCAA) Division II next year, so they are already starting to gear up in terms of scholarships.”In the Tabor-Southern Nazarene match, Tabor was led by Tina Frick and Jessica Wollenberg with five kills each. Hollister Wolf had 22 assists and 12 digs. For SNU, Kira Roberts had 10 kills. Piatt had 34 assists. Jamie Hope and Oliveira each had four aces. Martin had 11 digs. Taylor Jacobs had five blocks.Tabor plays at 7 p.m. today at home against KCAC leader Kansas Wesleyan. Bethel plays at 7 p.m. today at home against Sterling, which is on a four-match winning streak.“They are a team that is much improved from last year,” Schilling said. “They have an outside hitter who is undersized, but is killing people. I’m glad we get them at home first.”