The Buena Vista volleyball team is set to begin the American Rivers Conference Tournament tonight when it travels to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to take on Coe College, in a match that is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. inside of Kohawk Arena.
Both teams squared off in the regular season just over one week ago when the Beavers handed the Kohawks a 3-1 defeat inside Siebens Fieldhouse. BVU won the first two sets, 26-24 and 25-20 before Coe kept the match alive with a 25-14 win in the third. The blue and gold finished things off and won for the 13th straight time on its home court with a thrilling 25-22 triumph in the fourth.
Kylie Roe, Sydney McLaren and Mackenzie Gropel all posted double-doubles in the match. Roe had a match-high 18 kills to go along with 14 digs, McLaren followed with 17 kills and 16 digs, while Gropel dished out 42 assists and had 19 digs. Summer Goss led all players with 22 digs in the contest.
Morgan Kluesner had 13 kills and 12 digs to lead the way for Coe, which finished at 5-3 in A-R-C play and 19-10 overall.
During conference play this season, the Kohawks led the league with a .213 attack percentage, despite being held to a .128 clip against BVU. Both teams sat in the top-four in opponent attack percentage and were right in ther middle of the pack in digs. BVU will work to take advatage at the net on both sides, as it was fifth in kills per set and fourth in blocks per set against A-R-C foes.
The Beavers are making their fifth straight conference tournament appearance and has advanced into the championship match in two of the last four years. This will be the third time in those five years that these two teams meet up at some point in the tournament. The last time was in 2016 when Coe edged BVU 3-2 in the first round. They also met up in the championship match in 2014 with Coe sweeping the Beavers in three sets.
Tonight's winner will advance on to play at second-seed Dubuque on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.