BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The Bethel Volleyball team went down south this evening to take on conference opponent Oklahoma Wesleyan in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The home of the "Hot, Warm, and Cold" water towers, the Eagles offense turned the heat up on Bethel, as the Threshers found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-15, 25-18).
Abby Kurtzer (SR/Haxtun, Colo.) proved to be a force on the net today, as she contributed on six different blocks throughout the three sets. This includes three blocks in the first five points, as Bethel held a 4-1 lead to open Set 1. Oklahoma Wesleyan quickly came back from this, as they opened up their attack and at one point held a 12-6 lead. Katie Neira (SR/San Antonio, Texas) was able to throw in three kills late in the set, but it wasn't enough to overcome the defecit and Bethel fell 25-19.
Bethel kept it tight at the beginning of Set 2, as the Eagles were sloppy with their attack errors early. They regained their focus and again found momentum, as Bethel fell behind by 5-7 points for the rest of the set. The lead was again extended with seven straight points by OKWU, and the Threshers fell 25-15.
A kill a-piece by Kurtzer and Anna Stucky (JR/Moundridge, Kan.) helped Bethel to a 3-3 game in Set 3, followed by more errors for the Eagles and an ace by Avery Myatt (SO/Windsor, Colo.) to give Bethel the 7-3 lead. Oklahoma Wesleyan immediately called a timeout after this, and yet again they were able to regroup and start a large point-swing. The Threshers continued to fight, but found the task too much and fell in their final set 25-18.
"We faced a quicker offense than we've seen so far this season, but got some great touches on our blocking," remarked Coach Stacy Middleton. "Our serve receive was off a bit and we didn't adjust well with our hitting. We'll keep working hard to improve on the small things."
Bethel has a couple days to work on the small things before they take on York College at York on Saturday. The Panthers are currently 1-12 on the season.