Tabor Bluejays Volleyball moves to 5-1 with win over Bethany
September 5, 2018
HILLSBORO, Kan - Welcoming an 0-5 team into the gym for a match, the Tabor College Bluejays might have been given a pass if they thought they'd give the fans a quick 3-0 victory. But, the Swedes from Bethany College proved to be very scrappy, and better than their record indicated, as they gave Tabor all they wanted before succumbing in four sets. The Bluejays moved to 5-1 with the 25-19, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19 win.
The first set was a back and forth affair early with Tabor holding just a 9-7 lead when Nakajeya Massenburg connected for one of her 10 kills on the day. Better offense, and net defense, allowed the Bluejays to stretch the lead to 20-12 when Keeley Kroeker (SR/Roca, Neb) served up an ace. Bethany would close the gap back to five on several occasions but could get no closer, and eventually gave Tabor the win on a ball handling error by Jordan Valentine.
Set number two saw the Swedes jump out early, leading 5-1 after a Madie Baker kill. Tabor gathered themselves and eventually clawed their way back into the set, and when Bethany committed two straight ball-handling errors, the Bluejays found themselves up 9-8. A downed ball by Katie Frankenbery (SR/Benton, Kan) stretched the Tabor lead to four, 14-10, but Bethany responded with a 10-0 run of their own to take control of the set. Marissa Graf (JR/Corn, Okla) stopped the run with a kill off a Kroeker assist, but the deficit was too much to overcome. A Serenity Storey kill gave the Swedes the set, and evened the match at 1-1.
The third set started much like the first, going back and forth, and after two straight attacking errors from the Jays, the margin was just three, 11-8, for Tabor. A 7-0 run got the crowd going, and the lead would swell to twelve, 22-10 on a Swede service error. The set would appropriately end on another service mistake by Bethany.
Set four was a case of same-song, different-verse as Tabor would hold just a slim 9-8 lead after a Monea Ortiz (JR/Lakewood, Colo) service error. The lead would hover around three or four until a late push, and Taylor Quiring (FR/Bradshaw, Neb) kill, made it 24-18, Tabor. Graf would end the match with her ninth downed ball of the afternoon.
UP NEXT: Tabor travels west to McPherson on Wednesday, Sept. 5th, for a match with the Bulldogs. Mac is currently undefeated at 9-0 after a 4-0 weekend at the Royals Labor Day Classic in Lake Wales, Fla. Match times are 5:30 (JV) and 7:00 (V).