Record: 3-11 Home: 2-2 Away: 1-4 Neutral: 0-5 KCAC: 2-4
Photo by Tracy Adams
Photo by Tracy Adams
Tabor College
Volleyball - Wed, Sep. 6, 2017

LINDSBORG, Kan. – The Swedes volleyball team dropped a tight match with the visiting Tabor Bluejays in their conference home opener. Bethany never gave up, falling in three close sets: 19-25, 18-25, and 21-25. 

The teams battled constantly trading leads until the Bluejays went on a six-point run later in the game. The Swedes never stopped swinging as they tried to climb back making a few small runs. However, Bethany was unable to get that big streak and overcome the deficit.

In set two, the momentum of the match continued to swing back and forth. The Swedes were hitting hard, but a consequence of this was giving away some points from attack errors. In the end, it was the Bluejays who were able to string together some longer runs, edging out the Swedes.

Tabor was able to bring some momentum from the second game to the third, starting with a 3-0 lead. A kill by Christina Garcia, freshman middle blocker, got the Swedes off the ground. Bethany started working and exchanging points when a four-point run by the Swedes gave Bethany the lead. Shortly after, the Swedes then went on another run, this time scoring six points to take a 13-8 lead over Tabor.

However, again errors took their toll as the Bluejays started climbing back and taking the lead. The teams stayed close through the remainder of the game, but it was the Bluejays on top in the end.

The Details . . .

Natasha Fiame, sophomore hitter, and Azucena Duarte, junior hitter, led the Swede offense. Duarte put down a team leading seven kills while Fiame led the team in hitting percentage with four kills, one error, on nine attempts.

Defensively, Duarte worked with Conner Stolley, senior libero, to command the back row. The pair had 12 digs each. Caitlin Boden, senior middle blocker, led the Bethany front row defense. The senior put away two blocks to lead the team.

Four Swedes served up aces; Garcia and Stolley each had two, while Opal Drapeau, senior setter, and Haley Reifsteck, freshman defensive specialist, added one a piece.

Up Next . . .

The team heads to Baldwin City, Kan. this weekend to compete in the tough Baker Invitational Tournament. Bethany will face Haskell Indian Nations at 10 a.m. before taking on the host school (RV) Baker at 1 p.m.

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