It was another 2-2 day Monday for the McPherson Middle School volleyball teams, with the eighth-graders continuing their dominating play with two wins, while the seventh-graders are still looking for their first victories.
• 8th Grade A — At Salina South, the Bullpups played like they had a bus to catch.
MMS made quick work of Derby (25-10, 25-11) and Salina South (25-15, 25-9) to improve to 6-0 on the season.
“I thought the girls passed really well tonight, which helped lead to our setters making great decisions,” MMS coach Jacque Colgrove said. “Our serving keeps improving each game and we are becoming a little more consistent. Next up is a big match at home against Hutch on Thursday. The girls have been looking forward to it all season.”
• 8th Grade B — It was a little tougher for the Bullpups against Derby, going overtime in the deciding third set to win 16-14. MMS had lost the first set 18-25, but bounced back for a 25-10 win. The Bullpups then throttled Salina South (25-6, 25-9) to stay perfect at 6-0.
“Derby came out serving aggressive, which led to us being down 1-12 early in the set,” MMS coach Aimee McDaniel said. “The girls fought back, but couldn't quite close the gap. The second and third sets we served tough and played well as a team. They showed mental toughness and never gave up. We look forward to the home match against Hutchinson on Thursday and the B-team tournament on Saturday at the high school.”
• 7th-Grade A — The Bullpups were swept at home by Derby (12-25, 23-25) and Salina South (25-21, 8-25, 6-15).
“Tough losses tonight,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “We struggled to find a rhythm in the first set against Derby, but played much better the second set. While we weren't able to pull out the win, we had great serving, only missing one serve in the match. Kelcy Bergstrom led in serving with 9 in a row in Set 2. Jordan Sears and Kelcie Kynaston also served the ball well. I thought the girls did a fantastic job of pulling together as a team in the first set against Salina South. Our tip coverage was good, and we were able to set the ball up and attack. We got stuck in serve receive and South had a great server that scored 10 straight on us to finish out Set 2. We started Set 3 in serve receive, facing that same server and she was able to get 9 straight points. The girls fought back with a short run, but we were not able to get enough momentum to get on a roll. Salina South placed the ball well with their tips and we got beat a few times. Overall, our serving has improved tremendously. Our focus this week will be on serve receive and staying mentally tough. These girls have improved so much in the past month and we still have a lot of volleyball left to play this season.”
MMS is 0-6 on the season.
• 7th Grade B — The Bullpups fell to 0-6 after losses to Derby (12-25, 20-25) and Salina South (13-25, 12-25).
“We got off to a really rocky start tonight against Derby missing 8 serves in our first set and 10 in our second set,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “That really hurts us to know we gave them that many points and only lost by 5 in the second set. We turned it around against Salina South, only missing 10 serves in both games. We looked the best we have all season against Salina South. They had one good server that we couldn't get past. Overall our passing was much better, we were able to set the ball up for some hits and our attitudes stayed positive throughout both games. I'm excited to watch the girls continuously improve and look forward to Thursday's match against Hutchinson.”
MMS’ B-team is 0-6