McPherson’s eighth-grade volleyball teams kept on rolling here Monday by sweeping a triangular with Derby and Salina Lakewood.
The Bullpup A-team, now 13-0, raced to 25-14, 25-18 victories over Derby and then blasted Salina Lakewood, 25-7, 25-14.
“Tonight was a case of the girls not playing to their full potential in the first match,” MMS coach Jacque Colgrove said. “They were a little lackluster and not focused. The second match we stepped it up, especially considering we had personnel changes due to a small injury. The girls keep working on setting small goals for each set and for the most part they are accomplishing their goals. The serving is still not as consistent as they would like it, but sometimes that is just lack of focus.”
The B-team is now 15-2 after needing three sets to defeat Derby (9-25, 25-22, 15-12) before stopping Salina Lakewood in two (25-21, 25-12).
“The first match we were not mentally prepared,” MMS coach Aimee McDaniel said. “The second match we came out ready to play as a team.”
• 7TH-GRADERS SPLIT — Meanwhile at Derby, MMS’ seventh-graders came away with a pair of splits.
The A-team won a three-setter from Salina Lakewood (17-25, 25-20, 15-8) and lost in straight sets to Derby (16-25, 18-25).
“It seemed like we got a little sluggish and choppy in set 1 against Lakewood, things weren't clicking,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “I was extremely proud of how the girls bounced back to win set 2 and force a third set and pick up our second win of the season. Unfortunately, we were not able to keep the momentum going in the Derby match. We had way too many missed serves and unforced errors. I thought we did a decent job of covering their tips and playing the net. We were able to have a few good rallies, we just came up short. Overall, we are setting the ball up more and being more aggressive at the net. We need to continue working on our mental toughness.”
The B-team also split, defeating Salina Lakewood (13-25, 25-19, 15-9) before losing to Derby (24-26, 12-25).
“We had a slow start coming back from a week off of games,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “It took us a while to get back in the grove of things individually and as a team, but were able to come away with a win against Salina Lakewood. The girls completely turned it around after the first set and I'm so proud of how hard they hustled after the ball. Their energy levels rose and their support for their teammates definitely came through. We struggled with the basics of volleyball against Derby. Our serves were extremely inconsistent and our passing wasn't the best, but the girls didn't give up and had some great plays at the net.”