HUTCHINSON — The Bethel College volleyball team gave up too many big runs in tight situations, leading to a pair of losses Friday at the KCAC Fall Fling at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

Bethel fell to John Brown in three sets, 25-19, 25-19, 25-14; and Graceland in four sets, 25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20.

“We couldn’t get a first-ball kill,” Bethel coach Stacy Middleton said. “But we’re working on it. We’re kind of a new team. We have a lot of new kids and a few transfers. We’re figuring things out. They are gelling really well. They are working so hard in practice. Some of the freshman are realizing the college game is so much faster. They are doing a good job.”

Tied 8-8 in the first set of the first match, John Brown made a 5-0 run. Bethel rallied for a 17-15 lead, but gave up a 10-2 run to end the set.

Bethel took an 8-2 lead in the second set, but John Brown make a 7-1 run. Tied 19-19, the Eagles made a 6-0 run.

Bethel led 8-4 in the third set, but gave up a 12-0 run and managed just six points in the remainder of the set.

Jaden Williams led John Brown on attack with 11 kills. Lauren Cloud set 21 assists, while Carrie Ciesla set 15 assists. Cloud and Jenna Lowery each served three aces. Carly McKinney had 13 digs. Williams downed three blocks.

Jade Gleason led Bethel with five kills, followed by Stephany Meyer with four. Gabby Valdez set 18 assists. Amber Mott served two aces. Katey Wilhelm had 15 digs. Jordyn Allen downed the sole block for the Threshers.

Against Graceland, Bethel trailed 4-0 in the first set. The Yellow Jackets extended that advantage to 14-6. Bethel climbed back to within four, 17-14, but Graceland replied with an 8-4 run.

Tied 16-16 in the second set, Bethel gave up a 6-2 run.

Bethel jumped out 12-7 in the third set. Tied 14-14, Bethel made a 6-3 run and held on to force a fourth set.

Bethel fell behind 8-4 in the fourth set, but rallied to take a 10-9 lead. Tied 13-13, Bethel made a 4-1 run. Graceland came back to tie the set 20-20. Bethel took a time out, but the Yellow Jackets added five more points to the run for the match.

Emma Runyan led Graceland on attack with 16 kills. Shianne Cook added 12. Sam Schell set 26 assists, followed by Abby Karlis with 20. Kacie Miyama served two aces and had 17 digs. Runyan had 15 digs. Beth Presler downed three blocks.

Meyer had nine kills for Bethel, followed by Mott with seven. Valdez set 30 assist. Wilhelm had 17 digs, followed by Ivy Bringer with 13.

Bethel, 1-2, plays Southwestern Assemblies of God at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by Peru State at 11 a.m. SAGU received votes in the NAIA pre-season poll.

“We’ll have to come back and play hard,” Middleton said.

vs. John Brown

JOHN BROWN (3-2) — (kills-aces-blocks) Megan Beck 6-0-1; Jessica Schultz 7-0-2; Kinzee Mayo 8-0-2; Elizabeth Parrish 0-0-0; Carrie Ciesla 0-0-0; Jenna Lowery 0-3-0; Jaden Williams 11-0-3; Carly McKinney 6-0-1; Jillian Blackman 0-2-0; Lauren Cloud 0-3-0; Ellie Lampton 4-1-1. TOTALS 42-9-6.0.

BETHEL (1-1) — (kills-aces-blocks) Jordyn Allen 3-1-1; Sage Westerfield 2-1-0; Hailey Hill 0-0-0; Jensen Roth 2-0-0; Mia Loganbill 2-0-0; Katey Wilhelm 0-0-0; Jade Gleason 5-0-0; Stephany Meyer 4-0-0; Gabby Valdez 2-0-0; Amber Mott 2-2-0. TOTALS 22-4-1.0.

John Brown;25;25;25;—3


Assist leaders — JBU: Cloud 21, Ciesla 15. BC: Valdez 18. Dig leaders — JBU: McKinney 13. BC: Wilhelm 15, Valdez 7.

vs. Graceland

GRACELAND (1-1) — (kills-aces-blocks) Emma Runyan 16-1-0; Sam Schell 4-1-0; Kacie Miyama 1-2-0; Beth Presler 7-1-3; Shianne Cook 12-0-1; Annalise Ince 2-0-1; Abby Karlis 0-1-0; Ashley Armstrong 2-0-0; Maddie Shipley 0-0-0; Caitlin Buchholz 4-0-0; Carley Galloway 0-1-0; Izabella Smith 0-0-0; Maja Barringer 4-0-0; Brenna Murphy 7-0-1. TOTALS 59-7-4.0.

BETHEL (1-2) — (kills-aces-blocks) Jordyn Allen 6-1-1; Sage Westerfield 3-0-1; Ivy Bringer 4-1-0; Jensen Roth 0-0-0; Mia Loganbill 3-0-0; Katey Wilhelm 0-1-0; Jade Gleason 3-0-0; Stephany Meyer 9-0-1; Gabby Valdez 1-0-1; Amber Mott 7-0-0. TOTALS 36-3-3.0.



Assist leaders — GU: Schell 26, Karlis 20. BC: Valdez 30, Wilhelm 3. Dig leaders — GU: Miyama 17, Runyan 15. BC: Wilhelm 17, Bringer 13.