MULVANE — Ever since losing its first set in its second match of the season against Salina South, McPherson High’s volleyball team has been untouchable.
The Bullpups ran their winning streak to nine matches on Tuesday with a sweep of Mulvane and Wellington.
There was a bit of a struggle in Set 2 against Mulvane (25-12, 25-23), but it was smooth sailing against Wellington (25-16, 25-18).
“Our goals coming in were to improve our serving and blocking and, as always, get better every match,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “Well, some areas we improved and others we didn't. We were better at serving, reducing our errors. We handled ourselves well at the end of a set when it was close. Our blocking as an entire team was better.”
It wasn’t all entirely lollipops and rainbows though.
“What I was displeased with were the errors that led us to be in a tight set,” Doile said. “We were aced too many times this evening, the most all season per match. We also had one of our lowest hitting percentages this evening. Some of that is attributed to our game plan of trying new plays and pushing a faster offense. We need to communicate better on our offensive plays during the rally and have a sense of urgency to not let a ball hit the floor on a serve. These are all fixable adjustments.”
There were several standouts in the sweep, according to Doile.
“Mandi Cooks came alive offensively with her best outing at attacking,” Doile said. “(Ashtyn) Scheiferecke, (Brooke) Schrag and (Rachel) Dossett hit the floor to get some great saves to keep the ball up during long rallies. (Addie) Simon and (Megan) Pedersen had our longest serving strings. (Kaitlyn) Ruth and (Magan) Alexander kept us steady on the outside. They both did a nice job blocking their right side and putting away several opponent overpasses.”
Alexander led in kills with 13, followed by Pedersen (12) and Ruth (7). Simon’s 15 digs were tops, with Pedersen (8) and Schieferecke (7) chipping in. Ruth and Dossett led in blocks with four apiece, while Schrag (17) and Pedersen (16) were assist leaders.
The Bullpups put their 9-1 record on the line next Tuesday when they make their home debut against Rose Hill and Andale, which is arguably the highlight of the 2015 home schedule. Both schools will be of top quality.
The MHS JVs improved to 4-0 with a sweep. The Bullpups needed three sets to dispatch with Mulvane (25-17, 20-25, 25-20) before thrashing Wellington in two (25-13, 25-17).