TOWANDA – There’s a new major player in Class 4A volleyball.
McPherson High, which this week is now a 4A team after dropping down from 5A, sent notice on Tuesday that it’s going to be a factor by knocking off ranked 4A teams Circle (25-12, 25-19) and Buhler (25-15, 25-23) in a convergence of three powerhouse programs.
“It was a good night for the Bullpups,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “We challenged our defense to give up less kills on the net. We tracked them by set. It really picked up the intensity or motivation to play tougher defense. We fed off our hustle plays and pride for not letting a ball drop that might be tough to get to. We also took our blocking work from practice and it carried over into the matches. I was happy to see improvement.”
MHS completed a season sweep of Circle, having won an earlier dual.
“The match with Circle, we were in control, Set 1 of Buhler we were in control, then we stumbled just a bit Set 2,” Doile said. “We found ourselves down 2-10, 4-13, 18-21 and fought back for the win 25-23. I was proud of the girls to not just give up, take the loss in a set and start all over in Set 3. Great wins over ranked opponents. I'm proud of our team and it was fun to watch them compete.
MHS closed in on a league title as it’s now 8-0 in D-III matches and the Bullpups are now 17-1 overall. They play at a highly charged Spring Hill Invitational on Saturday.
Rhian Swanson, 38
Katie Berg, 15
Brette Doile, 5
Brette Doile, 46
Taylor Casebeer, 2
Lauren Labertew, 1
Rhian Swanson, 1
Katie Berg, 1
Brette Doile, 1
Ella Schmid, 1
Taylor Casebeer, 20
Rhian Swanson, 19
Ella Schmid, 10
Lauren Labertew, 1
JVs SPLIT MATCHES – The Bullpup junior varsity lost to Circle (18-25, 25-18, 23-25), but came back to defeat Buhler (25-19, 25-19).
“Our girls competed well against Circle, but one area that hurt us was our serving,” Bullpup coach Katelyn Loecker said. “We did a great job responding after losing the first set and in the third set we were down 19-13 and fought back to tie it 23-23 before the last two points were scored. Against Buhler, we did a better job keeping the ball in the court and finishing plays.”
Karter Alvord and Kelcie Kynsaton served up 3 aces apiece. Alvord led in kills with 13, while Kynaston and Aimee Leblanc added 7, and Emma Stein furnished 5. Kelcie Bergstrom furnished 18 digs.