Mac spikers beat CCC, lose to John Brown

By Steve Sell
October 29, 2017

McPherson College’s Bulldogs were one set away from an amazing week of volleyball.

Already a winner over KCAC powerhouses Friends and Oklahoma Wesleyan earlier this week, the Bulldogs went across town Saturday to take on Sooner Athletic Conference power John Brown University and intra-city rival Central Christian College in a non-conference triangular.

John Brown is one of the top teams in the rugged SAC as it entered the day 21-5. The Bulldogs spotted the Golden Eagles the first two sets before roaring back to win the next two. JBU, however, regained its early match form with a 15-11 success as Mac continued its problems in five-set matches.

Mac’s Lexi Kite was beyond amazing with an 18-kill, 29-dig performance that has to set up her for KCAC Player of the Week consideration. Kaitlyn Heinis also had a double-double with 26 assists and 11 digs. Rianne Richard came up with 40 digs.

Mac coach Jessica Cleveland then rested most of her top-line players against Central as she has maintained all season she has quality depth. Kite and Richard didn’t play, but Mac still came away with 25-20, 25-12, 25-17 victories.

Elizabeth Williams made the most of her increased playing time with a team-high 10 kills. Reven Bradbury recorded 19 digs and Heinis had 11 assists.

The split leaves the Bulldogs at 19-9 on the season and they have two matches left this week, with a Wednesday dual with Bethany in Lindsborg, followed by a Friday match at Southwestern. Mac, which already has broken the school record for conference wins with 14, can tie the school record for overall wins in a season with a sweep.

For Central, Kasi Kraus had 9 kills against Mac, while Hannah Fredrickson totaled 30 assists. Desiree Padilla came up with 25 digs.

Central earlier had lost to John Brown, 25-20, 25-8, 25-13. Kraus and Rebekah Glessner had 7 kills apiece, Fredrickson had 17 assists and Padilla was credited with 17 digs.

The Tigers are now 2-13 in the SAC and 6-19 overall. They host Haskell on Wednesday and Oklahoma City on Saturday.