MHS spikers bounce back for split

By Steve Sell
September 28, 2016
File- Kendall Shaw

ROSE HILL — McPherson High’s volleyball team bounced back from a demoralizing performance against Rose Hill to defeat Augusta and earn a split of a triangular on Tuesday.

Rose Hill overwhelmed the Bullpups 25-12, 25-2, but MHS bowed its back to defeat Augusta 26-24, 25-19.

“I think after watching, living that Rose Hill match my girls were bothered by our weekend losses more than I thought,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “I told them this weekend this match doesn't define our season. You've got to pick up yourselves, let it go and move on.  You are the same athletic kids that can play some really great volleyball. Everybody has their same legs, arms, body parts.... your athletic ability didn't get taken away after those losses, so let it go and get out there and compete like the athletes you are.” 

The Rose Hill match was somewhat of a stunner as it simply was an instance where the Rockets could do no wrong and it got away from the Bullpups.

“We competed at the beginning of set 1,” Doile said. “Rose Hill played really well, they were definitely on...  We have to keep them out of system.  We needed to receive, so we could swing. We had trouble getting both the pass and swing at the same time.  We would get the pass, set and we would hit the ball out or roll an easy ball, which Rose Hill would set up their go to hitter and she'd put it away. Other times we didn't receive well and we couldn't get the ball to our hitters so they could swing. We didn't adjust and get up faster on the block. We prepared for her (Rose Hill’s D-I commit) and we have to adjust to getting up even faster, earlier. We have to be more efficient with our offense to keep them out of system and force the ball to other hitters on Rose Hill.”

She was pleased, though, the team bounced back.

“We won a close game against Augusta, they even served match point at us, but we were able to side-out with authority, a nice hard swing ...and yes we won a close set,” Doile said. “That felt great after being in those close sets this weekend and not getting the win.”  

The JVs picked up two wins, 25-21, 28-26 over Rose Hill and 25-18, 25-18 over Augusta.

MHS, now 15-7, plays Saturday at Ottawa.