McPherson College’s volleyball team may not be quite ready for elite status in the KCAC just yet, but it’s getting closer.
The Bulldogs gave Kansas Wesleyan all it wanted here Wednesday before losing in four sets to the perennial power.
The turning point came in the second set. Down 1-0 in sets, the Bulldogs had a 13-6 lead only to see Kansas Wesleyan come back for a 26-24 victory, scoring the final two points.
A normal Mac team would have folded the tents right there, but it played strong in Set 3 to win 25-20 before the Coyotes flexed their muscles for a 25-10 rout in the finale.
Still, it was another step in the building process for the Bulldogs, who have had trouble even winning a set in recent years against the Coyotes, much less being competitive.
"Kansas Wesleyan is a strong, scrappy and balanced team," Mac coach Jessica Cleveland said. "We stepped up to the challenge, but just got outplayed. The girls never gave up and they worked for every point."
Mac did finish the first time around the KCAC with a 6-5 record as they have been in the Top 6 of the 12-team conference most of the season.
Lexi Kite had a double-double for the Bulldogs with 13 digs and 13 kills, which led the team.
Other standouts were Morgan Little (21 assists), Kaitlyn Heinis (20 assists, 5 aces), Jessica Sanders (12 kills) and Emily Warner (17 digs).
The Bulldogs, now 13-7 overall, head to Bethel on Saturday. The Bulldogs swept the Threshers during the first meeting at the Sport Center