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Lady Eagles Lose In Semifinals of ACCA National Tournament
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by Jason Mehl
Director of TFC Sports Information

Photos courtesy of Lenny Kroneman

The TFC Volleyball team made an impressive run through the early rounds of the ACCA National Tournament, but lost in the semifinals to Calvary Bible College (Missouri), 3-1. TFC was seeded third in the tournament and won their first round match on Nov.3 against Oak Hills College (Minnesota) in straight sets, without Liz Hynson who injured her knee during warm-ups and was unable to play in the tournament. Bethany Slate had 19 kills and 13 digs in the match and Mary Willis had 24 assists. Head Coach Selina Slate praised the leadership of senior Caroline Johnson who, along with Bethany Slate and Willis, rallied the team after the loss of Hynson, the third starter to go down with a season-ending injury.

The next day the Lady Eagles beat Barclay College 3-1. They came out strong in the first two sets, winning 25-16 and 25-11, but got behind in the third set due to unforced errors and lost 25-21. TFC then battled through a tough fourth set and won it 26-24. Slate had 15 kills and 16 digs. Johnson had 10 kills and 11 digs, and Willis had 26 assists.

Later in the day, TFC beat second-seeded Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, 3-2. The teams traded split the first four sets, Hillsdale won the first (25-20) and third (25-20), and TFC won the second (25-15) and fourth (25-19). But TFC won the fifth and final set convincingly (15-8). Slate had 24 kills and 28 digs. Johnson had 14 kills and 18 digs. Rachel Morris had 12 digs and Tiffany Poole had 11. Willis had 38 assists.

On Nov. 5 TFC lost the semifinal match to Calvary. The Lady Eagles won the opening set 26-24, but lost the next three 25-18, 25-20 and 25-22. Coach Slate said the entire team struggled. “(Calvary) played a great match against us and we just couldn’t seem to put anything together.” Slate had 12 kills and 20 digs. Johnson had 12 digs. Willis had 18 assists.