Bullpup spikers improve to 9-1

By Steve Sell
September 10, 2014
Kendall Shaw

 Now that McPherson High’s volleyball team has concluded the dessert menu, it’s time to move on to the main course.

The Bullpups continued to feast on the French pastries of their schedule here Tuesday night with a no-sweat sweep of Wellington and Mulvane.

The Bullpups thrashed Wellington 25-10, 25-12 before continuing their stroll with 25-11, 25-13 triumphs over Mulvane.

MHS has no other opportunities to tune up before Tuesday when it takes a huge step up in competition at Andale, with Rose Hill completing the star-studded triangular. Andale is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A Division II and Rose Hill is No. 5 in 4A Division 1 as well as being the Bullpups’ chief regular-season tormentor the past couple of years.

First things first, though, the Bullpups had to brush aside two more overmatched opponents to run their home record to 4-0 and overall mark to 9-1.

While MHS coach Christy Doile knows what she has in top returnees Hannah Marshall, Megan Pedersen and Magan Alaxander, she’s excited to see the support players step up.

“I thought (Katlyn) Ruth and (Rachel) Dossett did fine,” Doile said. “Ruth’s play was an improvement from last Tuesday to this Tuesday.”

The Bullpups played as though they had a bus to catch as both matches barely lasted a half-hour.

Pedersen scored 14 kills, with Marshall and Alexander adding 11 and nine, respectively. Alexander also had her serve rocking with 10 aces, with Marshall and Pedersen adding five apiece. Rhianna Smith’s 23 assists were tops, followed by Pedersen with 16. Addie Simon was the dig leader with 12, while Ashtyn Schieferecke contributed nine.

Doile admits the Bullpups have to tighten some things up before next week’s double showdown.

“Andale is undefeated, Rose Hill is undefeated,” Doile said. “Thursday, Rose Hill plays Maize and I think Andover Central. Rose Hill goes to the Valley Center tournament this weekend... we’re going to have to pick it up at practice and we’re going to have to pick up the simulation and get it rolling so we’re ready for Tuesday, especially with not having a tournament this weekend.”

The MHS JVs are now 4-0 after wins over Wellington (25-22, 25-16) and Mulvane (25-17, 25-23).

“The last set against Mulvane was a real test for us,” MHS coach Diane Marshall said.   “We were down late in the set and Sydney Ruder served the last five points to win it. The girls played well and were able to overcome the rough patches. I am looking forward to a great rest of the season.”