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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Bethel falls to Kansas Wesleyan

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  • SALINA — The Bethel College volleyball team couldn’t sustain any momentum, falling to Kansas Wesleyan Tuesday in three sets in the quarterfinals of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Bethel fell 25-19, 25-14, 25-11. Bethel ends the season 12-19. Kansas Wesleyan, 24-13, advances to the semifinals Friday in Ottawa. “It felt like we were playing with a thousand-pound weight on our backs,” Bethel coach Chad Schilling said. “We were not playing like a team with no pressure on us. All the pressure was on Kansas Wesleyan. Then when we were able to get some good touches, we weren’t able to score points, and that killed us.” Taylor Klover led Kansas Wesleyan with 14 kills and two downed blocks. Lauren Chamness added 10 kills and two downed blocks. Taylor Elkinton set 22 assists and served three aces. Pauline Yang had 21 digs. Kesley Boyles downed four blocks. For Bethel, Whitney Steingard had eight kills and two downed blocks. Jordan Gray had six kills. Amber Blount set 23 assists. Konner Davison had 14 digs, followed by Blount with 10. “Serving tough was going to be important, and we did that,” Schilling said. “But they still passed every ball, and therefore, they were in system all night. A team like that, as experienced as they are, they are going to kill you if they are in system. ... We didn’t do anything to slow them down. When we did get digs, we weren’t able to score points off of it.” Bethel trailed 12-7 in the first set. After a Thresher time out, the Threshers fell back by as many as seven, but rallied to get back within four, but Wesleyan pulled away again for the game. Bethel fell behind 11-4 in the second set. Bethel struggled with errors throughout the rest of the set. The Threshers fell behind 7-0 in the third set. Bethel loses four seniors. “Whitney is a four-year starter for me,” Schilling said. “She always does her job. She will be hard to replace. Bre (McConnell) has been with us four years. This is the first year she played. Lindsey (Chandler) and Amber have only been here two years, but they were a good two years. The seniors provided a lot of leadership. “I’ve been pleased with (the fight) in our team. This has been an up-and-down year, but there have been more ups than downs. We didn’t show as much (fight) tonight, but KW was a lot of that. I need to get back to 20 on the roster. It’s going to be a class of 12 kids. I’ll need to find a good mix of transfers and freshmen. We lose our middles, and we lose our setter. Those will be key positions for us. I’d love to get some height, if it comes with athleticism.”Bethel k as ac d b Hans 5 0 0 4 0 Blount 1 23 0 10 1 Regier 4 2 0 7 0 Chandler 5 0 0 3 0 Steingard 8 0 0 1 2 McConnell 0 0 0 5 0 Van Horn 0 0 0 1 0 Gray 6 0 0 1 1 Rudeen 0 2 0 1 0 Davison 2 0 0 14 0 KWU k as ac d b Boyles 6 0 0 9 4 Ramsey 2 0 0 0 0 Jeffery 0 0 0 0 0 Long 0 2 0 0 0 Chamness 10 0 0 2 2 Blair 4 0 0 1 2 Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 Elkinton 2 22 3 5 0 Fross 1 0 0 1 0 Abel 0 15 2 2 0 Schultz 6 1 0 0 1 Miller 3 0 0 2 1 P.Yang 0 1 0 21 0 Myers 0 0 0 0 0 M.Yang 0 1 0 7 0 Klover 14 0 0 0 2 k-kills, assists, ac-aces, d-digs, b-total blocks. Bethel 19 14 11 —0 KWU 25 25 25 —3 Time — 1:02.  

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