MMS spikers split triangular

By Steve Sell
September 10, 2014

ABILENE — McPherson Middle School’s volleyball teams are going in opposite directions so far.

The A-team is now 0-4 on the year after a pair of setbacks, 25-12, 22-25, 8-15 against Abilene and 22-25, 22-25 against Salina Lakewood.

“Just like last week, the girls came out on fire in their opening set, but then the rest of the night we kept hurting ourselves with unforced errors,” MMS coach Jacque Gehrt said. “Serving and tip coverage were areas of improvement over last week, but hitting errors and lack of communication in a few key situations were our downfall. However, just like last week, the girls fought hard until the very end and never gave up.”

Meanwhile, the B-team remained perfect at 4-0 with 25-21 and 25-11 successes against Abilene, while dominating Salina Lakewood 25-13 and 25-15.

“The girls again played very cohesively,” B-coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “There were positive elements in all areas. We had strong hitting from Megan Saverino, Emily Smith, Brooke Miller, Alaina Diggs and Hannah Kirchner. Our setting staff, Rachel Janzen and Ashley Achilles, gave the hitters great opportunities and earned several assists. However, our passing and serving was the key to our wins. Great passing was delivered from our libero, Daphne Carrillo, along with Megan Manning and Kaylee Brown.”

Next action is Saturday as the McPherson tournament will be contested, the A-team at the Roundhouse and the B-team at MMS.