8th spikers roll; 7th-graders fall

By Steve Sell
September 06, 2017

NEWTON — McPherson Middle School’s eighth-grade volleyball team continues to roll right along without being interrupted.

Both Bullpup teams improved to 4-0 on Tuesday by sweeping a triangular.

Against Salina South, the A-team was a 25-21, 25-10 winner. The Bullpups then overwhelmed Newton (25-7, 25-3).

“Once we finally settled down and played our game, the girls dominated,” MMS coach Jacque Colgrove said. “We had aggressive serving by all the girls tonight, specifically Brette Doile in all four sets and Lauren Labertew and Rhian Swanson against Newton. Passing improved throughout the night as well, as the girls were able to take advantage of free balls and try some different sets. We are off until Monday, so we will spend some time working on being more consistent at the beginning of the matches and playing at a high level throughout the entire night.”

The B-team also was successful by turning back Salina South (25-26, 25-20) and Newton (25-13, 27-25).

“Tonight we played a lot of girls in many different spots,” MMS coach Aimee McDaniel said. “They adjusted well. The first match against Salina South we did a great job setting the ball up and passing. Against Newton, we had too many errors and were not able to get into a rhythm. I was proud of the girls for not giving up and finishing strong.”

SALINA — Meanwhile at Salina, the seventh-graders are still looking for their first win as both teams are now 0-4.

The A-team was defeated by Newton (22-25, 20-25) and by Salina South (14-25, 18-25).

“We were up in both sets against Newton and struggled to gain enough momentum to get the win,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “In the first set, we lost by 3 points and missed 6 serves. Salina South served and attacked the ball well and we got beat on some tips. I thought the girls adjusted well to cover the tip, and Anna Vogts especially had some great digs on tip coverage. Kelcie Kynaston also passed the ball well. We set the ball up more tonight, so I was pleased with the aggressiveness at the net. Kelcy Bergstrom did a nice job attacking the ball. We need to continue to work on our communication on the court and keeping our energy up.” 

The Bullpup B-team lost to Newton (25-12, 23-25, 10-15) and to Salina South (11-25, 11-25).

“The girls are continuing to improve every game they play,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “They had a great start against Newton and their serves were great throughout both games.  We still struggled with our serve receive and making smart decisions at the net. It will be nice to have a week off and be able to work more on passing, free balls, and attacking the ball at the net.  The girls stayed positive throughout both games and we will be ready to play next Monday.”