The wheels came off a bit for Central Christian College’s volleyball team this weekend.
After losing a dual match on Friday to St. Gregory’s, the Lady Tigers tried to celebrate Homecoming Weekend on Saturday by bouncing back with a sweep of a triangular.
Instead, they were swept.
The Lady Tigers lost a 3-1 decision to crosstown rival McPherson College (23-25, 25-14, 13-25, 18-25) and a 3-0 verdict to former MCAC counterpart College of the Ozarks (21-25, 17-25, 21-25).
“Today was a tough day as we lacked consistency across the board,” said CCC coach Christina Ludwick, whose team now has slipped to 12-9 after being six games over .500. “We gave away set 1 versus McPherson when we missed five serves in the second half of the set. Set 2 we played the way we typically do and dominated the entire set. Sets 3 and 4 were a mix of McPherson doing good things, us doing bad things and me not making the right adjustments when we needed to. Against Ozarks, however, it was completely different problems. Our offense was clicking most time and our serve game showed up again. But this time, our defense fell apart at the net. C of O did a great job getting mismatches and we were leaving holes we typically don't leave for our defense to play in and around. They worked hard from start to finish in that match, but, again, still not playing to the level we should be."
Against Mac, CCC’s Haley Bannister put down 16 kills, Ciara Costello had 34 digs and Hannah Crandall had 31 assists.
The Bulldogs were led by Taryn Hill with 12 kills, while Maci Schlehuber had 18 assists and Emily Warner paced in digs with 29.
Against Ozarks, Mayuko Shono had nine kills, Crandall had another 28 assists and Costello had 21 digs.
McPherson College finished 2-0 on the day as it took out College of the Ozarks (25-21, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21) in what had to be classified as an upset as the Bobcats entered the match with a winning record.
Lexi Kile had 10 kills, Schlehuber had 16 more assists and Warner had 21 digs.
All of a sudden, the Bulldogs — after losing 12 straight matches — have found themselves with three straight wins to improve to 6-14 on the season.