GODDARD — McPherson Middle School’s volleyball A-teams tuned up for league play on Saturday by taking on Goddard Eisenhower in a dual match Thursday.
• 8th Grade A — After a 25-6 rout in the first set, Eisenhower stunned the Bullpups by winning the second set, 25-22. But MMS found its first-set form for a 15-2 decider to move to 13-2 on the year.
“The first and third sets were great tonight,” MMS coach Jacque Gehrt said. “The second set we never should have lost, but we hurt ourselves with missed serves and communication errors. We have the No. 1 seed in the Pioneer League Tournament on Saturday, so the girls will be looking to improve upon their second-place finish from last year.”
• 8th Grade B — The Bullpups wrapped up the year with a 7-25, 20-25 loss. They were 9-11 on the season.
“My girls had a great volleyball season,” MMS coach Aimee McDaniel said. “They improved in all areas and worked hard. I am very proud of them.”
• 7th Grade A — Eisenhower was a 25-16 winner in the first set and completed the sweep with a narrow 27-25 victory.
MMS is now 12-4.
“Tonight we struggled to get into a rhythm against a good Eisenhower team,” Bullpup coach Shelly Bohme said. “We had too many unforced errors, especially in set 1, and did not communicate on the floor. Our intensity and energy level were better in set 2 and the girls fought hard to hold off match point and come from behind and tie it up. We just were not able to finish it out and force a third set. Overall, our serving was good when we had the opportunity to serve. As a team we served 93 percent.”
MMS will be the No. 2 seed on Saturday in Derby at the league tournament.
• 7th Grade B — MMS finished the season with a 25-27, 19-25 loss, but nevertheless compiled a sparkling 15-6 record.
“These girls had an amazing season,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “They worked hard and all have so much talent and potential. They came up a bit short tonight, but should be extremely proud of themselves. They served great and kept their energy up. We struggled with making good passes and needed to be more aggressive at the net. I cannot wait to see how much these girls will grow throughout next year.”