MHS spikers improve to 10-2

By Steve Sell
September 13, 2017
Kendall Shaw-file

TOWANDA — McPherson High’s volleyball team stretched its winning streak to six and improved to 10-2 on the season Tuesday with a road sweep of Circle and Winfield.

The Bullpups received a big push from Circle, barely winning the first set 27-25 and then losing the second 19-25. But in the decider, MHS was a 25-19 winner.

The Bullpups had little trouble with Winfield with 25-20 and 25-12 victories. MHS has not lost since losing to Newton in the season-opening tournament at Hutchinson in late August.

“Good three-set win verus Circle,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “Anytime you go three sets, as long as you get that last set, you can't come away feeling too bad. Set 1 was back-and-forth and we thought we had clinched set point with a Cassie Cooks kill, but the official called her for a lift, tying up the set 25-25. We held our composure and finished them off.”

Cooks (20), Elle Barrett (18) and Andrea Sweat (16) led in kills. Jaycee Burghart quarterbacked the team with 59 assists. Michaela Bowers (22), Bailea Crist (18) and Burghart (14) were the dig leaders. The sophomore duo of Sweat (5) and Cooks (4) combined for 9 blocks.

“We had a pretty balanced attack involving Barrett, Sweat, Cooks and even Burghart getting kills on the second ball,” Doile said. “Sweat was ill and had 16 kills, 4 errors on the night.”

The MHS JVs recorded two wins, but went the limit in both matches. They defeated Circle (25-19, 18-25, 25-22) and Winfield (22-25, 25-20, 25-15).

The Bullpups make their second Roundhouse appearance on Tuesday when Augusta and Rose Hill come to town. The Rose Hill match should be outstanding as the Rockets are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.