HILLSBORO — Tabor College’s volleyball team won’t win the KCAC championship this season, due greatly to the fact it couldn’t solve the puzzle that was the McPherson College Bulldogs.
Mac completed a season sweep of the conference-contending Bluejays on Friday with perhaps their most impressive win of the year, 3-1.
The Bulldogs opened with 25-18, 25-19 victories, but the Bluejays clawed back to take set 3 by a 25-20 score.
In the fourth set, despite the urging of their passionate crowd, the Bluejays lost a 28-26 decision to the Bulldogs. Tabor is now 13-4 in the KCAC, half its losses to Mac.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, solidified a position in the KCAC’s upper division as they’re now 12-6 and stand 16-8 overall.
“We proved tonight that our first win over Tabor this season wasn't due solely to home-court advantage," McPherson coach Jessica Cleveland said. "We had positive contributions from throughout the lineup. (Lexi) Kite, (Devrie) Sombers and (Bree) Wallace stepped up offensively with double-digit kill nights. (Rianne) Richard and Reven Bradbury stepped in for a sick teammate who usually plays libero and freshmen (Morgan Abbott) picked up the final point because of a smart placement dump. I'm very proud of the depth that we have on our team, especially when we can miss a player and not be shaken."
Kite led the team with 15 kills, while Sombers and Wallace had 12 apiece. Morgan Little was tops in assists with 27 and Kaitlyn Heinis chipped in with 13. Richard led in digs with 19, one more than Kite.
The Bulldogs have a busy week coming up, starting with a home match on Wednesday with Friends. They also host another KCAC power, Oklahoma Wesleyan, on Friday and then play in a triangular across town on Saturday at Central Christian College.