8th A-spikers improve to 15-1

By Steve Sell
October 13, 2017

McPherson Middle School’s volleyball teams hosted high-powered Goddard Eisenhower on Thursday in their home finale.

• 8th Grade A — MMS improved to 15-1 with a pair of exciting 25-23 victories.

“Tonight was our best serving effort of the season,” MMS coach Jacque Colgrove said.  “The girls really stepped up and did their job from behind the line. The girls played with more intensity and aggressiveness than they did on Monday, and this helped lead to a win tonight. We enter our division's tournament on Saturday at Derby North with the No. 1 seed. The girls will try to defend their Pioneer League title from last season.”

• 8th Grade B — Eisenhower was a 25-19, 25-23 winner, ending the Bullpups’ season with a sparkling 16-4 record.

“Tonight we played inconsistent,” MMS coach Aimee McDaniel said. “We served aggressive, but struggled with communication and passing at times. I am very proud of the team for a great season.”

• 7th Grade A — Eisenhower brought a powerhouse to town with 25-12, 25-4 wins.

“In the first set, we got off to a solid start, playing right with Eisenhower,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “Then we got stuck in a serve receive and Eisenhower was able to go on a run while we made unforced errors. We struggled with passing the entire second set. We have a lot of volleyball to play on Saturday, and our focus will be on teamwork and finishing out the season strong.”

• 7th Grade B — Eisenhower again dominated, winning 25-9, 25-4.

“I am so proud of how far the girls have come this season,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “They improved so much from the first game and look like a completely different team.  We couldn't seem to get in a rhythm today with our serves or our passes. Goddard Eisenhower had some great servers and we couldn't break their streak. However we were able to set the ball up and get a few kills throughout the games. This was a great group of girls and it was fun to coach them this season.  They should be so proud of how far they've come and I can't wait to watch them continue to grow and improve throughout the rest of their volleyball careers.”