For the second straight year, the McPherson College volleyball team came oh so close to knocking off expected KCAC champion Ottawa at the Sport Center.
The Bulldogs raced to a 2-0 lead on Saturday, winning 25-17 and 27-25, but they couldn’t apply the knockout punch as the defending KCAC champions roared back for 25-15, 25-21, 15-12 victories to deny the Bulldogs what would have been their biggest upset in many a year.
For Mac coach Jessica Cleveland, it was another tough loss to the Braves even though her team showed it can play with the best.
“It was another five-set heartbreaker against Ottawa," Cleveland said. “We played confidently in the first two sets and then reverted to the underdog mentality from last season. We are close to finishing and will train to get over that hump."
The Bulldogs, now 2-2 in the KCAC and 6-4 overall, posted some sensational numbers. Lexi Kite and Riley Bradbury had 18 and 17 kills, respectively. Kaitlyn Heines and Morgan Little notched 28 and 26 assists, respectively. Kite (27), Rianne Richard (25) and Jamie Siess (20) all had huge dig days.
Mac has no bargain again on Wednesday when another top KCAC team, Tabor comes to the Sport Center.