McPherson High’s fourth-place volleyball finish on Saturday in the Newton Invitational —a tournament story was posted earlier — may have come at a price.
Starting libero Addie Simon suffered a knee injury during the tournament and her status is unknown.
“Addie’s injury will be evaluated by a doctor on Tuesday and we are hoping that it isn't season-ending,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “Aislinn Hughes did an outstanding job of stepping in as the libero.”
As for the day, Doile saw a mixed bag. The Bullpups started 4-0 before running into Newton and Goddard Eisenhower to finish 4-2. They had defeated Eisenhower in straight sets earlier in the day.
Newton has handed MHS two of its three losses on the season and this match was just as tense as the first meeting last month.
“Again, an emotional, emotional match. We came out on fire in set one,” Doile said. “Super proud of the effort and execution on defense and offense. Set 2 we dug ourselves a hole, tried hard to get out of it, but fell short. Set 3 we led most the way, but never more than three points. They took the lead 19-20. There were two close calls, where either team could receive the point, but we didn't get either call, giving Newton points 20 and 22. We needed to hold our emotional ground there, but Newton ran away with the momentum on those close calls. We did finally side-out to make it 20-24, scored to make it 21, then Newton put it away.”
MHS then couldn’t duplicate its earlier win over Goddard Eisenhower.
“We did not respond well after the loss to Newton,” Doile said. “We needed to do a better job of using our core values in this match. Both teams were tired and emotionally drained. Whichever team could set their losses aside, dig deep on an empty tank would win. Eisenhower had more in the tank.”
Doile said she was pleased with Katlyn Ruth, who had a super first set against Newton. Megan Pedersen and Magan Alexander also drew praise as Doile said they held the team steady.