It was a busy Saturday for Bethany College’s volleyball and soccer teams.
• Volleyball — The Swedes nearly accomplished their first KCAC win of the year, but Saint Mary won in five sets.
The Spires won the first two sets before Bethany charged back to win the next two. Saint Mary was a 15-9 winner in the decider.
Bryanna Cool recorded 15 kills to lead Bethany. Ariel Buhr notched 22 digs and Paloma Juarros led in assists with 21, while Eileen Vlamis added 17.
“The girls didn't play very well the first two sets," Bethany coach Nathalea Stephenson said. "We had mental errors and just weren't focused or doing what we talked about. Finally in set three and four, we played strong at the net and were aggressive hitting and not letting balls hit the floor. In set five, they set the 6-2 middle a lot and she just went over the top. We covered so much better tonight also. It was a good team effort."
The Swedes are 0-12 in the KCAC and 3-19 overall. They host Haskell Monday.
• Men’s soccer — Bitter arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan knocked the Swedes out of their first-place KCAC perch with a 2-0 victory, scoring a goal in each half.
Bethany had entered the day 4-0 in the KCAC. It now trails both Wesleyan and McPherson College, both 4-0-1.
“We started slow again today and we made some adjustments at half to increase the pressure," Bethany coach Shane Taylor said. "We played well in the second half, however we just could not quite find the breakthrough goal. Our whole team played hard today and I have to credit them for their effort."
Kayo Vaz had seven saves for the Swedes, who were outshot 23-8.
The Swedes, now 6-8 overall, go to Friends on Wednesday as they attempt to hang in the conference race.
• Women’s soccer — The Swedes put a scare into KCAC leader Kansas Wesleyan, losing only 1-0. KW is now 5-0 in the KCAC and the Swedes are 1-2-2.
The Coyotes’ goal was by Noemy Castro at the 69:20 mark.
“I could not be more proud of the way that we played today," Bethany coach Sean McMannis said. "We forced Kansas Wesleyan to make one play to win and we denied them the whole game, which is what we wanted. Our goal was to make them work hard for every ball and everything they did. They were the favorites to win, but to play them to one goal shows a lot of character for us and it was a huge team effort today."
Bethany, 3-9-2 overall, plays Wednesday at Friends.