MCPHERSON, Kan. – The Swedes volleyball team fell tonight at county-rival; McPherson College. The Bulldogs of McPherson took match 3-0; 25-19, 25-21, 25-17. Tonight, McPherson showed their support of Bethany College and the Lindsborg community by making the game's theme "United Against Hate."
Bethany was plagued with errors during the contest, the team had 30 kills throughout the night but had 28 attacking errors to accompany those kills. Five other unforced errors in the match gave McPherson the momentum they needed to keep victory out of the Swedes' reach.
In almost every set the Swedes threatened the Bulldogs with a late-set run but it just was not enough to overtake McPherson.
The Details . . .
A new face led the Swedes' offense tonight, Caitlin Boden, junior right side, had six kills on 17 attempts and committed just one error. This was enough to give her a .294 hitting percentage on the night. Carli Vahsoltz, junior outside, was the only Swede to notch double-digit kills with 10 kills on 25 attempts and eight errors. Nikita Nelson, senior outside, was close to reaching the double-digit mark with nine of her own kills tonight.
Myles was again a force on the front line of the Swedes' defense tonight. Of Bethany's seven total blocks on the night, she contributed to six of them. Boden also helped build the wall with four blocking assists of her own. Conner Stolley, junior libero, was the lone Swede to have even close to double-digit digs; she would end the night with 19.
Eileen Vlamis, senior setter, was again the leading setter for the team. She posted 16 assists. Opal Drapeau, junior setter, had seven, and Karissa Chaparro, sophomore setter, had two to add.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes have a short time to rebound as they host conference-rival Kansas Wesleyan this Friday, October 14. This will be a big match-up for the Swedes as it is homecoming weekend at Bethany. First serve will be at 7 p.m. in the Hahn.
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