MC spikers improve to 8-2

By Steve Sell
September 09, 2016

McPherson College's volleyball team eclipsed last year's victory total during a triangular sweep here Friday.

The Bulldogs defeated crosstown Central Christian College (25-13, 25-17, 25-23) after having defeated University of Southwest of New Mexico in four sets. That pushed the Bulldogs' record to 8-2 after finishing 7-25 last year.

Mac stats were not available for the Southwest match.

Against Central, Jessica Sanders led the Bulldogs in kills with 8, Kaitlyn Heinis was tops in assists with 19 and Emily Warner was the dig leader with 23. For the Tigers, Sarah Post and Kacie Platt had 7 kills apiece, Hannah Crandall notched 21 assists and Rhylee Richardson was tops in digs with 13.

"This was a great two wins for the Bulldogs," Mac coach Jessica Cleveland said. "We came out aggressive and got them out of system forcing them to send us easy balls back in return. We were dominant at the net with our blocks averaging two per set against USW helping to push our national rankings up in blocks per set. This was a good match to prepare us for Oklahoma Wesleyan on Wednesday."

Cleveland was pleased to defeat the Tigers in straight sets.

"Central Christian is our across-town rival," she said. "The loud crowd helped us bring our energy and intensity up. We ran some effective plays on them that helped us earn points. The back row really stepped up because weren't getting enough positive block touches."

Central finished 0-2 on the day as it lost in four sets to University of Southwest (25-20, 19-25, 10-25, 21-25).

Kraus led the Tigers in kills with 15, Crandall hustled to 21 assists and Padilla was tops in digs with 17.

Central is now 3-4 on the season.