The number seven is synonymous with the McPherson High volleyball team.
The Bullpups, coming off a seventh straight appearance in the state tournament, have been anointed No. 7 in the Class 4A Division I preseason poll by the Kansas Volleyball Association.
They open their season Saturday at Hutchinson in the annual AVCTL preseason tournament.
Rose Hill starts the year at No. 1 in 4A D-I, with the usual suspects completing the Top 10. Miege is No. 2, followed by Louisburg, Andover Central, Abilene, Paola, MHS, Kansas City Piper, Maize South and Ulysses.
Hesston, last year’s Class 3A state runner-up but loaded with the returnees, opens the year at No. 1. Thomas More Prep is second with defending champion Silver Lake No. 3.