Christy Doile said she couldn’t have asked for any more from her McPherson High volleyball team.
The Bullpups, competing in their seventh straight state tournament, came up short on Friday as they finished pool play 1-2 and did not advance to Saturday.
After losing to eventual champion Rose Hill in the first match and defeating Independence in the second match, it came down to MHS and Andover Central to decide the No. 2 pool spot and a berth in the Final Four.
The Bullpups blasted Andover Central 25-11 in the first set, but it was pretty much all Jags after that as MHS’ season ended with a 26-18 record.
“We were right where we wanted to be to give us an opportunity to break pool,” said Doile, whose team had been in the Final Four four of the last five years. “We played great in set 1 versus Andover Central and battled in set 2. Set 3 Andover Central stepped up and beat us.”
Andover Central went on to lose to Miege in the semifinals, but did come back to take third place.
It was an up-and-down regular season for the Bullpups, but Doile was happy how the team finished.
“I’m super proud of their effort and making the seventh trip to state in a row,” she said. “I thought we grew all season long. We played our best ball at the end of the season.”
The Bullpups must replace six seniors, including Rachel Dossett, Brooke Schrag, Elle Schrag, Sydney Mossman, Elisabeth Evans and Chayce Pontious.
The Bullpups should be strong again next year as they attempt to make it eight straight state appearances.
“Next year we return offense, setting and some defense,” Doile said. “I look forward to competing with the new crew.”
The Bullpups were shut out of the All-Tournament team, which surprised Doile.
“I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't get anyone on the All-State Tournament Team,” Doile said. “I thought we deserved to have a player on the list.”