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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Threshers fall to Bulldogs

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  • The Bethel College volleyball team missed a chance to get back in the conference race, falling to McPherson College in three games Thursday in the Threshers’ home opener at Thresher Gym. McPherson won 25-13, 25-20, 25-22, snapping a nine-match losing streak. Bethel falls to 7-4, 1-2 in conference play. McPherson improves to 2-9, 1-2 in the conference. “We played better in the second and third sets, but we didn’t play well,” Bethel coach Chad Schilling said. “We have to pass the ball better. When we did start to do that, we need to start hitting the ball. We were very timid tonight. ... Instead of being over-the-top excited about being at home, it was like we expected the crowd to start picking us up. We didn’t warm up well. We didn’t start the game out well.” Courtlyne Huppe led McPherson with 11 kills. Hannah Hoffman set 17 assists. Tori Phelan served three aces. Tiffany Rooker had 21 digs. Aubrey Hoover downed three blocks, all solo. For Bethel, Jordan Gray had eight kills. Amber Blount set 19 assists. Whitney Steingard served two aces. Kate Regier had 11 digs. Lindsey Chandler had two blocks. Bethel had 23 hitting errors to 18 for McPherson. Bethel had 11 service errors to six for McPherson. “We’ve got to get touches that will lead us to transition into our offense, and that didn’t happen tonight,” Schilling said. “I don’t know how they are 2-9. I know they played a tough schedule. They are a good team. I don’t want to take anything away from them tonight.” Bethel fell behind 7-2 in the first game. Bethel took a time out, but McPherson kept pushing its advantage, taking a 19-8 lead and forcing the Threshers’ final time out of the set. Bethel had three service errors in the first game. McPherson had one error and three aces. McPherson had 12 kills to Bethel’s seven. In the second set, neither team led by more than two points early. Down 19-17, McPherson made an 8-1 run for the game. Bethel fell behind 14-9 in the third game. Bethel mounted a run of its own to get within one, 16-15, but gave up the next two points. Bethel rallied within one, 23-22, but a Bethel spike that appeared to hit a McPherson player was ruled out. The Bulldogs then put a spike down for match point. Bethel returns home at 7 p.m. Wednesday to face Kansas Wesleyan, which improved to 6-9, 1-1 in the conference, with a three-game sweep of Bethany. “Wesleyan is a good team,” Schilling said. “They’ve played a very tough schedule. We’re going to have to do a better job of hitting around the block. They put up a big block.”McPherson k as ac d b McCaffrey 0 0 0 6 0 Hofffman 0 17 1 2 0 Barton 2 0 0 0 0 Hoover 7 0 0 6 3 Huppe 11 0 0 2 0 Simon 4 0 0 7 2 Phillips 0 14 0 2 0 Naccrato 0 0 0 6 0 Girard 2 0 0 6 0 Phelan 9 0 3 2 2 Ensz 0 0 0 0 0 Rooker 0 0 0 21 0 Bethel k as ac d b Hans 2 0 0 5 1 Blount 1 19 0 9 0 Regier 2 4 1 11 1 Chandler 6 0 0 8 2 Gray 8 0 0 1 1 Steingard 1 1 2 5 1 Serene 0 0 0 0 0 Van Horn 4 0 0 1 0 McConnell 0 0 1 1 1 Davison 1 0 0 4 0 McPherson 25 25 25 —3 Bethel 13 20 22 —0 k-kills, as-assists, ac-aces, d-digs, b-total blocks.  

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