Record: 3-11 Home: 2-2 Away: 1-4 Neutral: 0-5 KCAC: 2-4
Photo by Tracy Adams
Photo by Tracy Adams
Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Swedes volleyball suffered four tough losses this weekend at the Baker Invitational. Over the last two days, Bethany played two top-ten teams and another team receiving votes nationally. 

Haskell – 3 v. Bethany – 2

The Swedes were neck and neck with HINU throughout the match with neither team giving an inch. Defense was a big component again for the Swedes as they put up eight total blocks compared to Haskell's two. In the back row, three Swedes hit double digits in the dig category; Conner Stolley, senior libero, notched 30, Azucena Duarte, senior hitter, dug up 20, and Haley Reifsteck, freshman defensive specialist, picked up 17 digs in the match. However, this was not enough as the Swedes fell; 18-25, 25-11, 14-25, 28-26, and 12-15.

Baker (RV) – 3 v. Bethany 1

Again the Swedes kept this one tight with receiving votes, Baker. Bethany was right on the heels of the Wildcats throughout the match, but were never able to pull ahead and really grab that momentum. Again three Swedes picked up big dig numbers in the back row, but offensively Duarte was on fire putting away 12 kills with just two errors. Bethany fell in this matchup; 19-25, 26-24, 22-25, and 15-25.

Park (4) – 3 v. Bethany – 0

Bethany fought to make a run at the Pirates in this match, but Park showcased why they are the number four team in the nation. Reifsteck led the Swedes this game defensively with 13 digs while Stolley and Duarte were right there with 11 and 10 respectively. Durate also notched two aces in the match. The Swedes fell 11-25, 20-25, and 11-25.

Columbia (7) – 3 v. Bethany – 0

Again the Swedes faced a hard matchup looking down the seventh ranked team nationally. However, this did not keep Bethany swinging away at the net competing with Columbia. As a team, the Swedes totaled 72 kill attempts with Durate leading the pack with six kills on 26 attempts. Again, Reifsteck led the Swedes defensively with 10 digs and at the net, Caitlin Boden, senior middle blocker, earned a solo block on the day. Unfortunately, this was not enough to overcome Columbia as the Swedes fell; 9-25. 14-25, and 16-25.

Up Next . . .

The Swedes return to conference play this week traveling to Friends University in Wichita, Kan. on Wednesday, September 13. This KCAC matchup is set for 7 p.m.

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