DERBY — McPherson Middle School’s eighth-grade volleyball A-team was pushed to three sets for one of the rare times this year, but stayed undefeated with a narrow victory over Derby North.
The Bullpups were a 25-15, 25-27, 16-14 winner in a tight match that improved MMS to 14-0 on the year.
“Tonight was a case of Derby North showing more hustle and aggressiveness than us,” MMS coach Jacque Colgrove said. “Derby North served well, attacked most balls and had great passing. We, on the other hand, missed 14 serves, had communication errors and didn't attack like we normally do. We had a slightly different lineup, so some girls had to share time and adjust to new positions. We will look to bounce back to our regular playing form as we play a tough Maize South team at home on Monday.”
The B-team didn’t have any trouble as it’s now 16-2 on the season. The Bullpups rolled to 25-6 and 25-7 victories.
“The girls were very aggressive with their serves and hits tonight,” Bullpup coach Aimee McDaniel said. “They played well as a team. I was proud of their desire to win.”
• 7th grade A — MMS lost 20-25, 13-25.
“We got off to a great start, but were unable to stay mentally tough,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “Our five missed serves in set 1 were the difference in that set. Unfortunately, our serving did not improve in set 2 and we had too many unforced errors. I thought our overall hustle and effort was good, and we did a great job covering tips and helping each other when we could not get the ball to our setter. We are looking forward to finishing out our regular season at home before our league tournament next weekend.”
• 7th grade B — MMS ran into a strong team, losing 7-25, 10-25.
“Tonight was not our best performance,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “We looked sluggish and never really woke up and played volleyball. We missed too many serves and had too many bad passes tonight. However, the girls did stay positive throughout both matches and their communication was good. We need to work on our hustle and be more assertive. We have a strong team connection, we just need to figure out how to bring that out and use it to benefit our game.”