Wednesday's Black Out inside the Sport Center turned into a white wash.
McPherson, which is receiving votes for the Top 25, needed only an hour to sweep defending Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Championship winner Tabor (Kan.) in three sets by scores of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-14. The Bulldogs have won three of the last four matches against the Blue Jays and ran their home-winning streak to seven matches.
McPherson (10-0), off to its best start in school history, has won 21-straight sets inside the Sport Center. The Bulldogs improve and to 20-5 on campus since coach Jessica Cleveland's arrival
McPherson, the only remaining undefeated team in the KCAC, is one of just three remaining unbeaten programs in the NAIA with at least 10 wins and picked up its fifth sweep this season Wednesday.
Two-time defending KCAC Attacker of the Week Lexi Kite and Bree Wallace each posted seven kills in the win. Kite had a .462 hitting percentage in the match and is 27 kills shy of breaking Erica Alvarez's McPherson career record of 1,196.
Jamie Siess, the reigning KCAC Defender of the Week, tallied 16 digs in the win. Kite and Siess each had three service aces. Kite and Devrie Sombers posted three block assists apiece. Kaitlyn Heinis and Skylar Lane dished out 14 and 12 assists, respectively.
Siess is 76 digs away from 1,000 for her career. With 1,313 career assists, Heinis is 318 shy of passing Melinda Trevino for second in McPherson history.
Fifteen Bulldogs saw action in Wednesday's match.
Kendra Kroeker tallied eight kills in the loss. Monea Ortiz had 15 digs. Samantha Smith tallied 10 assists.
The Bulldogs scored the first five points of game one and opened up a 10-2 lead following a Kite and Sombers rejection of Mikayla Peterson. McPherson scored five of the next six points, including consecutive Kite service aces, to make the score 15-3. Tabor (5-2) later countered with a 5-0 run to pull within 18-11, but a Kite and Sombers block of Lonna Porter would eventually end the set.
Leading 9-6 in set two, the Red and White put together an 11-1 run, which started with a 6-0 spurt and included two Wallace kills and a service ace by Reven Bradbury. Three Blue Jays attack errors sandwiched around a Heinis service ace made the score 20-7. A Kite kill finished off Tabor in the game.
The Blue Jays scored the first three points of game three, including two Peterson service aces, but the Bulldogs answered, scoring 14 of 17 points during one stretch. An Alexandra Parish kill would tie the set at six as part of a 5-0 Bulldogs streak. McPherson delivered a kill on the next possession, and Cleveland's squad never trailed again, at one point building a commanding 18-9 upper hand after a Porter attack error. The Bulldogs scored the final six points of the match, which included four Tabor attack errors before a Siess service ace ended the affair.
McPherson takes part in the Five Points Bank Classic, hosted by No. 11 Hastings (Neb.), Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs face Peru State (Neb.) on Friday at 7 p.m. CT.