Bethany College fell 3-1 to Friends University on the Swedes’ Parents' Night Friday.
Friends took an early 6-3 lead before the Swedes quickly bounced back and cut the lead to one. Bethany tied the game at 12, and then took a 17-4 lead.
The Swedes then extended their lead to 21-17 and 23-19. Friends tied the game at 24 before Bethany scored two straight points to win game one 26-24.
The Falcons of Friends University took a quick 5-0 lead in game two.
Bethany cut the lead to 5-2 before Friends extended their lead to 9-6 and 18-8. The Falcons went on to defeat the Swedes 25-14.
After a 2-0 Friends lead, Bethany tied the game at two. Friends rebounded with a 15-12 lead and a 19-17 lead, and the Falcons held on to beat the Swedes 25-22 in game three.
Friends jumped out 6-1 before extending their lead to 12-2. The Swedes were unable to catch up to the Falcons, falling behind 19-7 and losing game four 25-12 as Friends defeated Bethany 3-1.
Junior Alexa Gerber led the Swedes with 13 kills, followed by senior Maria Bujanda with 12 and sophomore Bryanna Cool with nine. Freshman Eileen Vlamis recorded 17 assists on the night as Gerber added 15.
Junior Ariel Buhr tallied 17 digs as senior Sarah Phelps had 13 and Gerber and sophomore Quethzally Chaparro each added 11. Bujanda had three assisted blocks while senior Kaitlyn Davis and freshmen Danielle Savage and Whitney Williams tacked on two apiece.
"It was a night where both JV and varsity played better than we have in a long time," Swede coach Nathalea Stephenson said. "We were finally playing like I knew we could in set one and three. We just have to play to win and not to lose. I was very proud of our back row; they did a good job and when we got Friends out of system and they couldn't run their offense, we were scoring on them. Our hitters did a nice job at times hitting the seams but then we had times of hitting straight into the block. We will keep working hard and I know it will all come together."
The Swedes are currently 0-8 in the KCAC, and 3-16 overall. The squad hits the road to Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan. on October 9. Game time is set for 7 p.m.