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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Bethel spikers fall to Sterling

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  • The Bethel College volleyball team did what it wanted to do for one and four-fifths of a set against Sterling College Monday night at Thresher Gym. When Bethel took its foot off the gas, the Threshers got clobbered, falling in four sets, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-14. “(Sterling’s second set comeback) wound up being a back breaker for us,” Bethel coach Chad Schilling said. “What it did is make us change what we were doing. We started thinking a lot more. We started playing tense. Their defense was unbelievable. It seemed like they were getting a pinky on the ball and getting back over the net. That led to errors, and them getting blocks. “(In the first two games,) we were blocking. We were getting positive touches on our blocks. We were passing well. When we got those chances, we were scoring on those opportunities. Later on in the match, we stopped getting those opportunities, and we stopped scoring on them when we did get them.” For Sterling, 17-9 overall and 7-3 in conference play, Hayley Ray put down 17 kills, followed by Anna Simpson-Mills with 14 and Sara Steria with 13. Adriana Gonzalez set 50 assists. Gonzalez and Mamaitaloa Fiaseu had 15 digs each, followed by Steria with 14 and Jenna Arlow with 11. Ciara Ramos downed five blocks. Sterling gets its first regular-season sweep of Bethel in years. For Bethel, Lindsey Chandler had 17 kills, followed by Katie Regier and Jennifer Van Horn with nine each. Amber Blount set 38 assists. Maggie Hans had 18 digs, followed by Blount, Regier and Konner Davison with 12 each and Whitney Steingard with 10. Van Horn downed three blocks. Tied 5-5 in the first game, Bethel pulled away to a 13-9 lead. Sterling rallied to tie the set 18-18, but Bethel put it away with a 7-4 run capped by a Lindsey Chandler kill. Sterling had five unforced errors in the set to one for Bethel. Bethel jumped out 10-2 in the second set, prompting a Warrior time out. Sterling got back within four, 20-16. Bethel got back out to 23-17, but then gave up a four-point run. Bethel took a time out, but gave up two more point to tie, 23-23. A Sterling service error gave Bethel set point, but Bethel gave up a service error right back. Sterling then scored two more points for the set. Bethel led 7-4 in the third set. Up 15-14, Bethel gave up a 3-0 run prompting a Thresher time out. Sterling scored one more point in the run after the time out. Bethel took its second time out trailing 21-16. Sterling traded points from there for the win. Simpson-Mills had kills on five of Sterling’s last seven points. Bethel fell behind 12-6 in the fourth set. The two teams traded points the rest of the match. Bethel, 9-13 overall and 3-7 in the KCAC, hosts Southwestern at 7 p.m. Wednesday. “They haven’t won a match in conference play, but they play an offene so quick, that if they get on fire, everything can go right for them,” Schilling said. “They are a tough team to play because of the offense they run.”Sterling k as ac d b Steria 13 0 1 14 0 Gonzalez 4 50 1 15 3 Arlow 0 1 0 11 0 Ray 17 0 1 5 4 Ramos 8 0 0 1 5 Reardon 0 0 0 8 0 Simpson-Mills 14 0 0 3 2 McIntyre 6 3 1 7 3 Thornton 0 0 0 1 0 Martinez 0 0 0 3 0 Cramton 0 0 1 2 0 Quesnel 0 0 1 1 0 Fiaseu 0 2 0 15 0 Bethel k as ac d b Hans 5 0 1 18 1 Blount 1 38 0 12 1 Regier 9 1 1 12 0 Van Horn 9 0 0 0 3 Chandler 17 0 1 9 1 Steingard 6 0 0 10 2 Sheridan 0 0 0 0 0 McConnell 0 0 0 1 0 Davison 0 0 1 12 0 k-kills, as-assists, ac-aces, d-digs, b-total blocks. Sterling 22 26 25 25 —3 Bethel 25 24 19 14 —1  
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