It was the calm before the storm.
McPherson High’s No. 2-ranked volleyball team tuned up for Saturday’s high-powered McPherson Invitational by polishing off Division III counterparts Augusta and El Dorado quite easily here Tuesday.
The methodical dissection came by scores of 25-15, 25-9 against Augusta and a pair of 25-16 verdicts against El Dorado. MHS improved to 23-6 and has not lost in triangular action all season, as all six losses have come to ranked teams in tournament competition.
The Bullpups just went out and took care of business as the atmosphere in the Roundhouse wasn’t near where it will be this weekend when the likes of Hillsboro and Bishop Carroll come to town to up the level of competition.
“I thought in the first set against Augusta our feet were slow,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “And I was like, ‘oh God we look tired. Oh my, we might need a day off to get ready for this weekend. But then they kicked it in and they were fine.’”
It was another huge day for howitzer-lefty Megan Pedersen, who led in kills with 19 and had a like number of assists. She just missed the volleyball version of a triple-double with eight digs.
Other stalwarts on the day were Magan Alexander (13 kills), Brooke Schrag (21 assists, 11 digs) and Katlyn Ruth (eight kills). Mandi Cooks, Rachel Dossett and Pedersen all had three blocks to lead in that category.
Augusta finished 1-1 on the night by defeating El Dorado, 25-17, 25-21
The MHS JVs had little trouble, winning 25-16, 25-14 against Augusta and 25-10, 25-10 against El Dorado.
A highlight of the night was Bailea Crist, who served 14 straight points with five aces in Set 2 against El Dorado.
“All in all we played really well,” MHS coach Diane Marshall said.