McPherson College’s volleyball team took a major step in its progression here Wednesday night by knocking off Tabor in four sets, the Bulldogs’ first win over the Bluejays in seven years and only the second in the last 21 years.
"They were receiving votes (in this week's NAIA Coaches Poll) and we played scared the first set,” Mac coach Jessica Cleveland said. “But then we got mentally tough and competed. We were a well-balanced team with Jamie (Siess) leading the back row in digs. I'm proud of the girls for taking what we learned against Saint Mary and Ottawa and applying it to Tabor. This week is full of tough matches and a true test to how we respond to every game. We hope to carry the momentum into the weekend."
The Bluejays, who were 5-0 in the KCAC entering the night, dominated the first set for a 25-14 success, but it was all Bulldogs after that with 25-19, 29-27 and 25-21 victories.
Leia Seiler (10), current KCAC Attacker of the Week Riley Bradbury (9) and Lexi Kite (8) led a balanced kill attack for the Bulldogs. Siess had a whopping 27 digs, while Kite had 12. Morgan Little (18) and Kaitlyn Heines (15) were tops in assists and Devie Sombers came up with 5 blocks.
Mac is now 3-2 in the KCAC and 7-4 overall. It’s brutal schedule of playing upper-division teams continues on Friday when it goes to Kansas Wesleyan, followed by a Saturday road test at Friends. These are the first two matches of a four-match road trip that could define its season.