WINFIELD — The winning streak is now at nine for the McPherson High volleyball team.
The Bullpups improved to 10-2 overall on Tuesday as they outlasted Winfield in three sets (19-25, 25-12, 25-10) and then handed a Andale straight-sets loss (25-19, 25-20).
"Winfield hustled, made some special plays and we were flat,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “They had the momentum and we sputtered a bit. Set 2 and set 3 we took the momentum back. Mandi Cooks’ hitting and (Rachel) Dossett's serving really carried the team. Dossett served 28, 1 ace and no errors. On the night Dossett served 42, 4 aces and 1 error. Our team did a good job of keeping Dossett back there serving.”
MHS and Andale always is an emotional match as the Indians typically are loaded with quality athletes.
“(Against) Andale we came out on fire,” Doile said. “Jumped out to a big lead, completely opposite of how we started against Winfield. Cooks hit .478 with 13 kills 2 errors and Dossett hit .583 with 7 kills no errors. (Jaycee) Burghart had a timely attack dump at some point after 19-19.”
Brooke Schrag, Elisabeth Evans, Bailea Crist and Cooks put together their highest receive rate of the season at 2.42 and Elle Schrag provided a spark off the bench.
The Bullpups are finally home on Tuesday for their first Roundhouse triangular of the year, with Winfield and Circle the opponents. MHS then plays in its second tournament of the season on Sept. 24 when it plays in the high-powered Newton Invitational that should include some ranked teams.
The Bullpup JVs came away with two victories. They took care of Winfield in straight sets (25-16, 25-14) and needed three sets to defeat Andale (25-19, 15-25, 25-22).