LINDSBORG, Kan, - Conner Stolley, junior libero, reached a season high tonight. She posted the most digs she has had in three games all season with 19. Despite this defensive performance the Swedes were unable to top the Bluejays of Tabor College falling in three sets; 25-18, 25-23, 25-16. The Swedes fall to 9-19 on the season and 7-12 in KCAC play.
The Swedes constantly stayed on the Bluejays tail during the match but were just unable to pull out in front. In set one the Swedes put up an even performance with three Bethany hitters leading the pack in kills. Stolley led the Swedes defense in out digging the competition 14-12. Three Swedes aced the opponent during the set.
In game two, the Swedes were again right with Tabor the whole way. Bethany took an early lead thanks to an all-around team effort in shutting down the Bluejays' offense and putting up a strong offensive front to pair with it. However, a late surge from Tabor brought them back into battle with the Swedes and they were able to squeeze out a win.
Game three was much of the same dog fight that the entire match thus-far had been. Anytime Tabor would get a few points ahead the Swedes would scrap their way back in. However, with a 7-0 Tabor run the Bluejays were finally able to distance themselves from the fighting Swedes and ride out the lead until the finish.
The Details . . .
There was an even spread offensively tonight with five Swedes in the running of leading hitter. Nikita Nelson, senior outside, had six kills, Carli Vahsholtz, junior outside, and Yamiq Myles, sophomore middle blocker, each were right behind her with five a piece. Falling in step right with them was Nicole Morgan, senior right-side, had four kills in the match and her counterpart Caitlin Boden, senior right-side, had three of her own kills as well.
Defensively Stolley stayed resilient and scrappy as ever when picking up her 19 digs. Eileen Vlamis, senior setter, was right in the mix as well with 11 digs and Vahsholtz, had nine digs to call hers tonight as well.
Vlamis also put up 10 assists tonight.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes turn right around and hit the road for a big match at Friends University tomorrow in Wichita, Kan. The Falcons are coming off of their own dog fight in a close 3-0 win over Bethel. First serve is set for 2 p.m. inside the Garvey P.E. Center.
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