ROSE HILL — McPherson High’s ninth-grade volleyball team opened its season Thursday with a 2-1 performance in the Rose Hill quad.
The Bullpups defeated El Dorado in straight sets (25-15, 25-21) and Rose Hill in three (25-11, 13-25, 15-12).
The loss came in the middle match to Buhler after the Bullpups had dominated the first set 25-8. The Crusaders came back for 25-21 and 16-14 wins.
"The girls kept their heads up and moved on and got ready for Rose Hill. It really taught me a lot about my girls and the team that they don't give up," MHS coach Emile Blakesley said.
The Bullpups compete in their first tournament Saturday at Salina South.