AUGUSTA — McPherson High’s volleyball team received a push from Circle during Tuesday’s road triangular, but it eventually came away with the victory and a sweep of the night.
MHS had opened with a 25-17, 25-22 success against Augusta, then had to overcome a 23-25 loss to Circle in the first set for 25-21, 25-14 victories.
The sweep improved MHS to 19-3 as it heads into the prestigious Ottawa Invitational on Saturday.
“Our energy level and leadership was back where it needed to be and it was a good thing, we needed it,” MHS coach Christy Doile said.
The Bullpups had to up their game in one of their better triangulars to date.
“Against Augusta we came out strong and ready to play, which is always nice to see,” Doile said. “Elisabeth Evans made her varsity debut and served several in a row to start the match to give us a nice lead. Evans was playing where (Aislinn) Hughes normally plays and Hughes played the libero spot for (the injured Addie) Simon.”
The match against Circle was a battle of state-ranked teams.
“Circle came ready to play,” Doile said. “They are scrappy and count on their outside hitter to just put the ball down. They give it to her almost every set and when in system she can really put it down.”
MHS’ Magan Alexander came out swinging with 20 kills, while Megan Pedersen had 14 and Katlyn Ruth 11. Hughes came up with 24 digs, while Pedersen had 22 and Alexander 17. Pedersen showed her versatility with 28 assists, while Brooke Schrag had 20. Mandi Cooks was again the block leader with 3.
Doile said the team had more stuff blocks than blocking errors, which is always a plus. She also was pleased with the overall team serving as it had fewer errors. She was happy with the play of Cooks and Ruth, who had some good swings.
The MHS JVs, coming off a championship performance over the weekend, split on the night. They took care of Augusta (25-21, 26-24), but lost to Circle (25-21, 17-25, 23-25). The team plays in the Carroll Invitational on Saturday in Wichita.