OTTAWA — The magic carpet ride is finally over.
McPherson College’s amazing volleyball season came to an end on Saturday with a straight-sets loss to Ottawa in the semifinals of the KCAC Postseason Tournament. The Braves went on to defeat Tabor in five grueling sets for the championship to give them a 25-0 record against KCAC teams this season as they had gone 22-0 during the regular season.
The Bulldogs were right there in the first set before Ottawa emerged with a 25-22 victory. But the Braves elevated their game over the final two sets with convincing 25-16 and 25-10 wins.
Mac finished the year with a 21-12 record in coach Jessica Cleveland’s first year as head coach after it as 7-25 last year and finished last in the KCAC. The 21 victories broke the school record by one, which had been achieved twice previously.
The Bulldogs were fifth in the KCAC.
First-team KCAC selection Lexi Kite led the team in kills (8) and aces (2). Morgan Little (13) and Kaitlyn Heinis (12) were tops in assists. Emily Warner (22) and Jocelyn Cochran (12) were the dig leaders.
Ottawa and Tabor both advance to the national tournament as the KCAC receives two automatic berths.