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Saint Gregory's University
Central Christian
Volleyball - Fri, Sep. 8, 2017

Photo by Beth Morford

McPherson, KS – The Central Christian College volleyball team fell to 2-5 on the season and 0-2 in SAC Conference play with a straight sets loss at home on Friday evening to the St. Gregory's University Cavaliers.

In the first two sets, the Tigers played the Cavaliers extremely tough, but in each set, the Tigers got stuck in bad rotation and the Cavaliers went on a run late to close out the set. The first set went to the Cavaliers 25-16, and the second was theirs by a score of 25-17. After a ten minute intermission in between the second and third sets, the Tigers came out very flat, and the Cavaliers opened the set by winning the first 9 points. The Central ladies would eventually get on the board, but the damaged had been done, and St. Gregory's would run away with the set 25-10.

It was another tough hitting night for the Tigers. They managed only 18 kills on 101 attempts, and with 19 errors, found themselves hitting in the negative for the third straight game. Kasi Kraus was the individual kills leader for the Tigers with 5.

Defensively, the Tigers gave up 38 kills to the Cavaliers, while coming up with 48 defensive digs. Sophomore Libero, Desiree Padilla led the Tiger defense with 14 digs. Up front, the Tiger defense had 2.5 blocks that included an impressive solo block by senior Makalyn Tuttle.

"The girls looked better tonight than last night, but we struggled at the net all match, hitting in the negative a majority of the time," said Central head coach Jeremy Manning. He continued, "We were very timid on defense and let a lot of tipped balls fall. These last two days were an eye opener for us to see what awaits us in the Sooner Conference. We will be in the gym all week fixing our issues and look to get back on the right track by Friday when we travel to play Bacone."

Central's next four games are on the road, beginning next Friday with a trip to Muskogee, Oklahoma for a match up with Bacone College.