LINDSBORG — After seven matches on the road, Bethany College’s volleyball team made its much-awaited home debut on Wednesday.
And the Ottawa Braves played the role of spoiler.
Ottawa won the first two sets before the Swedes avoided the sweep with a third-set win. The undefeated Braves, now 7-0 overall, quickly rebounded to win the final set.
The loss dropped Bethany to .500 both in the KCAC (1-1) and overall (4-4).
Kim Stringer had 14 kills to lead the Swedes, while Paloma Juarros topped the assist chart with 18. Conner Stolley’s 16 digs were good for the team lead.
“You have to give credit to Ottawa tonight, they came out ready to play and we were not ready the first two sets," Bethany coach Cheri Lindsay said. "I thought we did some good things during the match, especially in the third set, but we need to learn how to come ready, and play consistently throughout if we want to compete night in and night out."
Bethany competes this weekend in the Avila Invitational in Kansas City, Mo.