The Tabor College football team finished its regular season 9-2, winning a game it needed to have a chance at an at-large playoff bid.
The Bluejays defeated No. 8 Ottawa University 23-20, tying the Braves and Friends University for second-place in the conference behind Sterling College.
The Bluejays play next at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Atchison against Benedictine College, their first playoff appearance since 2005.
Basketball teams defeat ranked opponents
After losing by a point to No. 13 Oklahoma Wesleyan only 11 days earlier, the Tabor men’s basketball team avenged its only loss Saturday, defeating the Owls 82-81. Senior Nick Sauer finished an 18-point second-half comeback with a three-point buzzer-beater, improving the Bluejays record to 3-1. They lost Nov. 13 to Central Missouri State 87-51.
The women’s team won its first game of the season Friday, defeating 10th-ranked College of the Ozarks 86-83 in its first game of the John Brown University Classic. The Lady Jays then lost 78-57 Saturday to John Brown University and 107-58 Monday to Emporia State University.
The men’s team will play next in the Warrior Classic Friday and Saturday in Sterling. The Bluejays play at 4 p.m. both days, Friday against William Penn University, then Saturday against Johnson and Wales University. The Bluejays then play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Topeka against Washburn.
The women’s team also will play in the Warrior Classic Friday and Saturday, against Haskell Indian Nations at 2 p.m. Friday and York College at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Soccer team loses in conference championship
After defeating second-seeded McPherson College 3-0 in McPherson Friday, the Tabor men’s soccer team lost 2-0 in the KCAC tournament final Saturday to Kansas Wesleyan University.
Volleyball falls short in tournament
After winning the first game against Ottawa University Saturday, the Tabor volleyball team lost three straight, ending its season in the semifinals of the KCAC tournament. The Bluejays lost 25-20, 23-25, 17-25, and 22-25.
KCAC cross-country champion Brielle Lund will run in the NAIA Nationals at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in Lawrence.