LINDSBORG — Don’t look now, but McPherson College’s volleyball team is one of the KCAC’s leaders.
Sure, it’s just a 2-0 conference start, but this was a team picked to finish in the bottom third of the standings after finishing 7-25 overall last season.
The Bulldogs improved to 6-2 overall on Tuesday by defeating county rival Bethany on the road (28-26, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21).
Kill leaders for the Bulldogs were Jessica Sanders (13), Lexi Kite (11) and Leia Seiler (8). Kaitlyn Heinis led in assists (26), followed by Morgan Little (16). Emily Warner (15) and Jocelyn Cochran (10) were tops in digs.
“We came in battling close games," McPherson first-year coach Jessica Cleveland said. "Bethany made us work for each point because they were so scrappy. We had a couple of big blocks that shifted momentum and things went our way. We were down 13-3 in the third set because of poor passing, but we adjusted and came back at them - eventually competing for set point a couple of times. Emily (Warner) and freshmen (Jamie) Siess had solid passing, so we were able to run the middles. Heinis averaged 6.5 assists per set despite us running a two-setter offense."
The Bulldogs are home on Friday as they host a triangular. They play University of Southwest (New Mexico) at 3 p.m. and crosstown rival Central Christian College at 7 p.m.
Next KCAC action is Wednesday when Oklahoma Wesleyan invades the Sport Center.