MMS spikers fall to Maize South

By Steve Sell
October 11, 2016

MAIZE — McPherson Middle School’s volleyball teams ran into a buzzsaw for one of the few times this season on Monday as Maize South won every single match.

• 8th Grade A — A 9-25, 12-25 loss as the Bullpups are now 12-3 on the season.

“Tonight we got beat by a very talented and well-disciplined Maize South team,” MMS coach Jacque Gehrt said. “We struggled with serve receive and had a quite a few blocking and hitting errors against their big middle hitters. We will look to rebound in our final regular season match on Thursday at Goddard Eisenhower.”

• 8th Grade B — A 13-25, 9-25 loss as the Bullpups fell back under the .500 mark at 9-10.

“They dominated the entire match with their aggressive serves and consistent passing,” MMS coach Aimee McDaniel said. “Congratulations to Alanna Golden for serving 100 percent.”

• 7th Grade A — Maize South came away with 27-25 and 25-16 victories.

“We were up most of the first set and just could not close it out,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “Kaylee Zeitlow and Rhian Swanson both had runs of 7 in a row. We came out flat in set 2 and were down by as many as 8 before fighting our way back in it. We were able to get to within 5 before Maize South pulled away. Mental mistakes and a lack of communication, especially on serve receive, were our downfall.”

Bohme did mention some players who turned in a good job.

“The girls did have some great hustle plays and amazing saves, Lauren Labertew and Ella Schmid especially,” she said. “Swanson, Schmid, Cameron Pelzel and Sophia Herrera played well at the net and Brette Doile continues to do a great job of getting the ball to our hitters. Megan Everhart had some nice passes and help defense on the back row.”

MMS is now 12-3.

• 7th Grade B — The Bullpups are now 15-5 after losing 17-25, 14-25 decisions.

“We had great energy tonight, but struggled with a last minute line-up change and are still struggling with our serves. However, we had some good passes and communicated well tonight,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said.