McPherson High’s volleyball team was able to go down the checklist and mark the boxes one-by-one here Tuesday.
• A sweep of Senior Night — Check
• Finishing AVCTL Division III undefeated — Check
• Reaching the 30-win plateau once again — Check
• Knocking off No. 1 arch-rival Buhler — Check
The Bullpups played as though they had a bus to catch in the first match, racing to a 25-13, 25-8 rout of overwhelmed Winfield.
Then against Buhler, which seems to ramp up its game for McPherson, the Bullpups were pushed in the first set by the spirited Crusaders 25-20 before MHS’ superior talent level took over in the second set for a 25-11 rout.
MHS finished D-III play 10-0 and is now 30-7 on the year as it continues to be one of the state’s most consistent programs year-in and year-out.
It was a good way for the five seniors — Magan Alexander, Megan Pedersen, Katlyn Ruth, Ashtyn Schieferecke and Addie Simon – to close out their Roundhouse careers. The Bullpups lost only one home match all year, one they would like to have back against Hillsboro in the semifinals of the McPherson Invitational.
“Two wins on Senior Night. That’s what we wanted,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “Set 1 against Buhler was not what we wanted, a lot of errors — a lot of hitting errors. But they responded. That was the best part of the night, how they responded.”
The Bullpups, in both matches, were simply too talented at the net. Alexander wound up to put down 23 kills and Pedersen had 12. The ferocity of their hits had the Crusaders back pedaling time and again.
The Bullpups have one more match on Tuesday when they head to Circle, which is a ranked team. Clearwater also will be in the triangular field.
• MHS Leaders •
• Kills •
Magan Alexander, 23
Megan Pedersen, 12
Katlyn Ruth, 7
• Digs •
Addie Simon, 13
Magan Alexander, 9
Megan Pedersen, 9
• Blocks •
Mandi Cooks, 6
Rachel Dossett, 3
• Assists •
Brooke Schrag, 21
Megan Pedersen, 18
There was a thrilling finish to the JV match. After defeating Winfield 25-17, 25-19, the Bullpups split the first two sets with Buhler, both teams winning 25-23.
In the third set, MHS was up against match point, down 24-22, but stunned Buhler by winning the final four points.
MHS coach Diane Marshall said good performances were turned in by Sydney Mossman, Elisabeth Evans and Elle Barrett, while Bailea Crist and Maggie Gara also turned in good efforts.
The JVs are now 19-7.