DERBY — McPherson Middle School’s seventh-grade volleyball teams put up titanic fights against Derby North and Newton during Monday’s triangular, but came home without a win.
The A-team lost to Derby North (17-25, 24-26) and to Newton in three sets (17-25, 25-15, 9-15).
“One of the bright spots tonight was our hitting,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “We got off to a slow start with some hitting errors, but then our hitting really improved. Our serving was a little off tonight. In the second set against Derby North, we lost by 2 points but missed 5 serves. I thought we hustled well and that effort paid off with some amazing saves. We lost momentum after winning Set 2 against Newton and struggled with serve receive and making good passes. We need to continue to work on the little things and making smart decisions and being "on" in all areas of our game at the same time.”
Bohme is seeing some progress as the season starts to wind down.
“The girls deserve a ton of credit for how much they have improved,” she said. “Kelcie Kynaston and Kelcy Bergstrom had some nice hits tonight and Anna Vogts set the ball well. Aimee LeBlanc did a little bit of everything and Braelynn Patterson came in on the back row and made some good passes. Jordan Sears and Emma Stein served well in the Newton match.”
The B-team lost to Derby North (20-25, 15-25) and Newton in another three-setter (21-25, 25-9, 9-15).
“Tonight was one of our best nights of serving we've had all season,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “The girls looked great with their serves and we only missed a handful in each set. Our passing was extremely inconsistent, which caused us to lose to both Derby North and Newton. We could easily compete with this teams and had a solid chance of winning, but the inconsistency of our game is what defeated us. The girls stayed positive and communicated well on serve receive, we just couldn't seem to make a good pass to our setter. We had some great plays at the net and are continuing to improve every day we play.”
Like Bohme, Bradstreet is seeing good signs as the season is almost over.
“It's hard to believe that our season is coming to an end,” she said. “We've come such a long ways, but still have plenty of room for improvement. We look forward to playing Lakewood and Derby again next Monday. We've already seen both of these teams so we know what to expect from them. Hopefully we can work on our passes and play good volleyball against these teams.”