8th spikers split matches

By Steve Sell
September 10, 2019

McPherson’s eighth-grade volleyball teams went 2-2 here Monday, losing matches to Maize South and sweeping Salina Lakewood as both Bullpup squads are now 6-2 on the year.

The A-team lost to Maize South (16-25, 22-25) and defeated Salina Lakewood (25-22, 24-26).

“It was the tale of two matches tonight,” MMS coach Jacque Colgrove said. “The girls played some of their best volleyball against Maize South, then after a break, didn't quite come back ready to play against Lakewood and played some of the sloppiest and undisciplined volleyball of the season so far. However, they showed true determination by holding off several game points in the second set against Lakewood, before rallying to tie the game at 24, then eventually take the next two points for the victory. This eighth-grade MMS team is very athletic and it shows in their ability to make great hustle plays and saves.”

The B-team lost to Maize South (17-25, 11-25), but came back to rout Lakewood (25-12, 25-8).

“The first game against Maize was pretty rough,” MMS coach Stevie Stockham said. “The girls beat themselves by having 21 errors. They turned it around the second game and made only 9 errors. We have some serving and tip coverage to work on in practice, but it's nothing we can't handle. These girls kept a positive attitude all evening and they are truly a joy to coach.”

MMS is right back in action today at Hays.