HUTCHINSON — Kansas Wesleyan and Ottawa continue to be a painful thorn in the side of the McPherson College volleyball team.
On the second day of the KCAC’s Fall Fling at the fabled Hutchinson Sports Arena, the Bulldogs couldn’t figure out the puzzle of the Coyotes and Braves, both of whom were taken the five-set distance by the Bulldogs.
But KW and Ottawa both prevailed in the fifth-and-deciding set, leaving Mac at 2-2 for the weekend, 10-6 in the KCAC and 14-8 overall.
Against KW, the Bulldogs dropped the first two sets before storming back to win the next two. In the decider, the Coyotes were a 15-9 winner.
Against Ottawa, Mac had a 2-1 sets lead, but OU came back for 25-19, 15-8 victories. The Bulldogs have not been able to defeat either of the KCAC powerhouses this year despite taking them deep into matches.
Against Kansas Wesleyan, Lexi Kite had 15 kills, Morgan Little had 29 assists and Kite was tremendous in digs with 34.
Against Ottawa, Kite had 10 kills, Little furnished 18 assists and Jamie Siess had 32 digs.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they host Bethel, followed by a key road match at Tabor on Friday as they try to remain in the KCAC’s upper division. They are in fifth place in the 12-team conference, but three games back of the Top 4 as Kansas Wesleyan (16-1), Tabor (14-3), Ottawa (13-3) and Oklahoma Wesleyan (12-3) have separated themselves. However, Mac defeated Tabor and Oklahoma Wesleyan the first time through the KCAC schedule.
The Bulldogs have a three-game lead over sixth-place Sterling, Saint Mary and Bethany.