LINDSBORG—The McPherson College volleyball team fell on the road to intra-county rival Bethany College on Wednesday night in four sets.
The Bulldogs got down early in all four sets, but fought their way back in each set to make things interesting. The opening set went into extras, with the home team closing things out 27-25. The Bulldogs rallied to take the second set 25-23, but then dropped sets three and four 25-20, 25-18.
The Swedes dominated the stat line, out hitting the Bulldogs 71 to 48 in kills, 8 to 5 in service aces, and in defensive digs, 87 to 66. The Bulldogs couldn't find a way to stop the Swedes' Paola Sanabria-Lopez, their 6-foot-1 outside hitter, who tallied 32 kills on 70 swings.
The highlight of the night for the Bulldogs was Skylar Lane, who on her third assist of the night, went over 1000 for her career. She finished the match with 22, and now sits at 1019 career assists.
Individual Statistical Leaders:
Kills: Sydney Burton and Alicia Hall – 14
Aces: Kaitlyn Heinis – 2
Digs: Jamie Siess – 32
Blocks: Alexandra Parish and Burton – 3
Assists: Lane - 22
"Regardless of the outcome, I am proud of my team," Bulldogs' coach Cory Cahill said. "I am proud that they are quality young women who work hard every day and treat all of those around them with dignity and respect."
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 12-9 overall, and 4-3 in KCAC play. They will be back on the hardwood on Saturday at home against the Sterling College Warriors. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.