McPherson High’s volleyball team is having a “Fill the Roundhouse Night” on Tuesday when the Bullpups host Augusta and No. 1-ranked Rose Hill, the 4A D-I defending state champion, for a key AVCTL triangular.
MHS and Augusta play the 5:00 match. After Rose Hill and Augusta play, the Bullpups and Rockets play in the 7:30 feature match.
The other reason fans are asked to pack the Roundhouse is because it’s “Childhood Cancer Awareness Night” in honor of McPherson Middle School students Kaiden Schroeder and Ike Bauers, who are courageously battling illness.
Coaches and players will be wearing gold ribbons in their honor. Half the admission from the evening will be donated to the WACCC (Women and Children Comating Cancer).
The Bullpups, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A Division I, are 10-2 and have won six matches in a row. But they have more than Rose Hill to think about.
“Don’t overlook Augusta,” MHS coach Christy Doile said of one of the keys to the night as she said her team needs to be focused on the first task at hand.
When the Bullpups take on Rose Hill, which was 11-0 at the time of the last state poll, a key will be to know where KU commit Grace Van Driel is at all times. Van Driel is only a junior, but is regarded as one of the top Division I recruits in Kansas.
Another key, Doile said, is to keep the Rockets out of system and make it hard for them to get the ball to Van Driel, a menacing 6-2 presence with great leaping ability.
Yet another key, Doile said, is “to win the serve receive battle.”
This is a busy week for the Bullpups as they play in the Newton Invitational on Saturday.