ANDALE — Now that’s making an impressive statement.
McPherson High was the lowest-ranked team of Tuesday’s volleyball triangular with Andale and Rose Hill, but defeated both to move to 11-1 on the year.
The Bullpups needed three sets to defeat No. 2 ranked (4A Division II) Andale and then swept out Rose Hill (No. 5 4A Division I) in straight sets.
Andale had been 10-0 before losing a couple of matches over the weekend in the Baldwin Invitational.
After splitting the first two sets, the Bullpups took the deciding set one point at a time and their patience was rewarded.
“In the match we learned the true meaning of ‘next ball,’ letting our mistakes go (and) win the next point,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “Andale's team was carried by their big middle, Rachel Friedrich, who has signed with Missouri Western. This was a hard-fought win. I really challenged the girls to play with no regrets and stay together. We were trying to keep their ball out of system, so they would have to set it to another hitter or force the to her in the middle.”
The Bullpups won in straight sets against Rose Hill, though they had to overcome a 7-1 deficit in the second set. Megan Pedersen went on a serving sizz and the Bullpups righted the ship. Doile added that Rachel Dossett’s blocking provided a spark and Taylor Neufeldt served well throughout the night.
Rose Hill had entered the night ranked just above MHS in Class 4A Division I.
“Very proud of their overall effort and their willingness to step out of their quiet comfort zone,” Doile said. “We went 2-0 against two great programs. The girls did a good job of applying the game plan.”
Magan Alexander led the Bullpups with 18 kills and Pedersen added 14. Rhianna Smith’s 28 assists were tops and Pedersen furnished 15. Addie Simon came up with a team-high 23 digs. Pedersen had five of the team’s 11 aces.
The MHS JVs suffered their first two losses of the year after four wins, 26-28, 19-25 to Andale and 21-25 twice to Rose Hill.
“We struggled in serve receive at times, and when we got that figured out, we gave away too many points with serving and hitting errors,” MHS coach Diane Marshall said. “We can't give away that many points when we play really good teams. Hopefully we can turn things back in our favor this weekend when we travel to our first tournament at (Goddard) Eisenhower.”