MMS spikers split at Andover

By Steve Sell
September 01, 2017

ANDOVER — McPherson Middle School’s volleyball teams had another 2-2 day on Thursday as they went on the road for the first time to take on Andover.

• 8th-Grade A — The Bullpups won in straight sets, 25-20, 25-17.

“The girls had a slow start to the first set, but they got things figured out and came from behind to win the set,” MMS coach Jacque Colgrove said. “The second set the girls raced out to a 6-0 lead, but let Andover back into it. Serving was a little better than Tuesday, but still too inconsistent. It will continue to be a major focus in practice. When the girls are in-sync and playing together, they are so fun to watch.”

The Bullpups are 2-0.

• 8th Grade B — The scores were similar to the A-team in a 25-16, 25-19 success.

“The girls showed a lot of mental toughness tonight,” MMS coach Aimee McDaniel said. “The second set we struggled with our serving and looked very timid. They continued to work hard and were able to stay focused. They never gave up and came up with the win.  Our passing continues to be a strength.

The B-team is 2-0.

• 7th-Grade A — In a tight three-setter with the deciding set going into overtime, Andover was a 25-14, 20-25, 16-14 winner as MMS is now 0-2.

“After a sluggish start in Set 1, the girls did a fantastic job of pulling together and playing as a team to take Set 2,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “We were up by seven in the third set and missed some key serves and were not able to finish it out. We had a few lineup changes that the girls handled amazingly well for not having practiced with it. Our overall serving continued to improve. Kelcie Kynaston, Jordan Sears, and Aimee LeBlanc, in particular, served the ball well tonight. Andover served and attacked the ball well, which showed us we need to work more on defense and staying mentally tough.”  

• 7th-Grade B — Andover rolled to 25-9 and 25-22 wins as MMS dropped to 0-2 on the season.

“We got off to a rocky start today, but really turned it around in the second set,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “Andover had some great servers and it was hard for us to keep our momentum going in the first set. We struggled with getting our serves over and making good passes. However in the second set the girls really started communicating and getting some good passes. Ella Buschbom, Kaylynn Hoffert and Destiny Murrow had a few good serving streaks and Jordan Vanderhoof, Jalen Moran and Faith White had some really good passes. Ella also had some good defensive plays at the net. All of the girls are continuing to improve and we are excited to play next week.”