NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - Bethel volleyball hosted rival Tabor College earlier this morning at Thresher Gymnasium. The Lady Threshers started stronger than most games this season, and held the lead for the majority of the first set. The Blue Jays clawed their way back into the set, and after some some intense volleys Bethel lost the set. The second and third sets didn't have the same domination or passion as the first, and Bethel fell to Tabor in three sets (28-26, 25-12, 25-22).
Set 1: A kill a piece for Katie Neira (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Kelsie Anderson (SO/Lindsborg, Kan.) were paired with attack errors by the Blue Jays, as Bethel jumped out to a 5-1 lead to open the first set. Neither squad had an efficient day on the attack, as Tabor posted a .176 hitting percentage, and Bethel finished with a .010 percentage. Despite the inefficiency, Bethel held strong to their lead late into the first set. A service ace by Taylor Buessing (JR/Topeka, Kan.) made the advantage 15-7, and later on Sami Strauss (SR/Aztec, N.M.) added a kill to help the score to 19-13. Tabor started figuring out how to win their volleys though, and closed the gap. They took over the lead at 25-24, and after a few extra volleys Bethel fell 28-26.
Set 2: The Lady Threshers kept it tight early in the second set, but the drive they had in the first set didn't transfer over. A kill for Neira and another for Abby Kurtzer (SR/Haxtun, Colo.) helped Bethel to a 6-5 defecit, but Tabor's Jessanna Nebel put together pin-point kills which stretched the Tabor lead. Tabor was able to create a 20-10 defecit, and finished the set by giving Bethel the 25-12 loss.
Set 3: The third set was heavy with the attack errors on both sides, and early on neither team could create a significant advantage. Bethel trailed within a 3-5 point range for almost the entirety of the set, but couldn't find the edge needed to overtake the Blue Jays. Bethel fell 25-22 in the final set.
Katie Neira led Bethel with five kills today, with Anna Stucky (JR/Moundridge, Kan.) and Avery Myatt (SO/Windsor, Colo.) each contributing four. Kelsie Anderson continues to be the Lady Threshers' main setter, as she assisted on 16 of the team's 22 kills. She also led Bethel with 14 digs, with Rachel Bustillos (JR/Rosemead, Calif.) behind her at nine.
Bethel drops to 3-14 on the season, and 1-11 in KCAC action. They take a week-long break before they gear up for the mid-season KCAC Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. They will open action on Friday, October 13th at 9:00 AM when they take on Friends.