The Buena Vista volleyball team looked strong early in Game 1 against Coe College on Tuesday night in Storm Lake, but the Kohawks rallied back to take the game and the match (30-26, 30-23, 30-26), sending the Beavers to their eighth straight defeat.
The loss marks the first time since 2002 that BVU has began a season 0-3 in conference play.
BVU (2-9, 0-3 IIAC) led 22-14 in the opener and appeared in control before Coe scored five unanswered points to crawl back to within three at 22-19. The Beavers then extended the lead back to six (26-20), but back came the Kohawks, who ran off 10 straight points to win the opener, 30-26.
Game 2 was back-and-forth from the outset with Coe leading by no more than four points. BVU held a slim 19-18 lead midway through the game before Coe outscored the Beavers 12-4 down the stretch.
Buena Vista led briefly (2-1) in Game 3, but Coe answered with four straight points to take a 5-2 advantage and never looked back - taking the decisive match, 30-26, and running its record to 8-3 (3-0 IIAC).
BVU finished the match with a team hitting percentage of just .060. Katie Vondrak led the Beavers with 14 kills as Samantha Narveson and Kelli Luitjens followed with 11 and 10, respectively. Junior Molly Reuter pitched in with 31 assists, while Betsy Behrens brought up a team-best 21 digs.
Shayla Chalker led Coe with a match-high 18 kills, and .375 hitting percentage, while Shanon Nelson turned in 12, to go along with a team-high 17 digs. Kristy Upah, who leads the IIAC in assists this season, added to her total with 42.
Buena Vista returns to action tonight at New Ulm, Minn., to take on Martin Luther in a 7 p.m. matchup.