McPherson’s seventh-grade A-girls volleyball team took third place Saturday in the McPherson Invitational.
The Bullpups were 2-2 on the day. After losing to Salina Lakewood (16-25, 13-25), they bounced back for a 25-18, 25-21 victory over Marysville.
MMS lost to Chapman in the semifinals (22-25, 25-21, 7-15), but bounced back for third by defeating Smoky Valley (25-16, 25-13).
“We continue to improve every time we step on the floor,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “Lakewood is a tough opponent for us. In the match against Marysville, the girls came out with more energy. I was proud of the girls for not giving up after the loss to Chapman and being able to come out and play hard and end the day with a win. We just missed too many serves in that match, and that hurt us.”
Bohme said the Bullpups had to improvise and adapt.
“In the match against Smoky Valley, one of our setters (Ariana Potter) got hurt, so a couple girls (Taylor Bruce, Shelby Bontrager) had to play different positions,” she said. “They adjusted amazingly well. We had some great plays at the net by Josie Strathman and Cassie Cooks. Ariana toughed it out and was able to come back in and make some great passes on the back row. Lakyn Schieferecke was all over the court today and had some nice digs. The girls are really starting to play together as a team, and that's exciting to see.”
The B-team took second in a quad at Chapman. It went 2-1 on the day, with the wins over Chapman (14-25, 25-14, 15-13) and Marysville (25-22, 25-8). The loss was to Salina Lakewood (16-25, 15-25).
“The girls served the ball well today and played well,” Bohme said. “Peyton Johnson made 14 of 14 serves in the match against Marysville. We were able to set the ball up and get some hits.”