The Bethel College volleyball team seemed almost bipolar in a dual meet Tuesday, playing one game poorly and the next game well.


The Bethel College volleyball team seemed almost bipolar in a dual meet Tuesday, playing one game poorly and the next game well.

The Threshers fell to Sterling College in five games Tuesday at Thresher Gym. Sterling won 25-22, 11-25, 25-23, 17-25, 15-13.

“I don’t understand that,” Bethel coach Chad Schilling said. “It starts with our practices, and our practices have not been good. The first, third and fifth games was us going through the motions. I don’t know how that changes from one game to another. If we lost all of them, I could almost handle that better. We go from winning game two 25-11 to the next game. It’s a bad loss, not because it’s Sterling College, but because it’s at home.”

Bethel falls to 6-8, 3-2 in KCAC play. Sterling improves to 10-7, 4-3 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

Jordan Gray had 14 kills for Bethel, followed by Kristen Lohaus with 13, Katie Regier with 12, Malerie Hertzler with 11 and Lindsey Chandler with 10. Alyssa Schrag had 30 assists, followed by Amber Blount with 26. Addison Wolf had 27 digs and two aces. Chandler had six blocks.

For Sterling, Ciara Ramos had 14 kills, followed by Caitlin Magee with 13.

Bethel took a 9-6 lead in game one, but gave up an 11-2 run and never recovered. Bethel did hold off two game points but gave Sterling the game on a serving error. The Threshers had seven hitting errors in the game.

Bethel took a 17-6 lead in the second set. Addison Wolf served nine points in the run, including two aces. The Threshers allowed just five more points.

Tied 12-12 in the third game, Bethel again struggled with errors, giving up an 8-3 run. Bethel climbed to within a point, 22-21, but gave up a spike and an ace. Bethel held off two game points before Sterling put it away.

Bethel jumped out 10-3 in the fourth game. Up 17-7, Bethel gave up a 5-0 run to let Sterling back in the game. Bethel traded points the rest of the way to force a fifth game.

Sterling jumped out 8-5 in the deciding game. Bethel got within one, 9-8, but was outscored 4-2 to force the final Thresher time out of the match. Bethel responded with three straight points to tie, but a McKenzie McIntyre spike and Bethel error decided the match.

Bethel hosts McPherson at 7 p.m. Thursday. McPherson is 5-11 after a three-set win over Bethany.

“It’s early, so it’s kind of like college football,” Schilling said. “I’d rather lose early than late. We have to find a way to get our focus back.”