MMS spikers compete at JC

By Steve Sell
September 21, 2014

JUNCTION CITY — It was an uneventful day Saturday for McPherson’s seventh-grade volleyball teams in the Junction City Invitational.

The A-team lost two matches and split one. The losses were to Abilene (16-25, 10-25) and Anthony (13-25, 16-25), while the Bullpups divided with Junction City (21-25, 25-19).

“We made too many mistakes against some good teams today,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “We struggled with our serving, especially against Abilene, missing nine serves. That's too many at this level and when you are only playing two games. We had girls that are usually pretty consistent servers who were having hard time getting the ball over the net. In the match against Junction City, I thought the girls played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. It was a little frustrating to not have an opportunity to play a third set when we had the momentum from winning the second one.”

There were some standouts on the day.

“Taylor Bruce had great serving that match, making 10 of 11 serves,” Bohme said. “Anthony had a couple of girls who served the ball really well and we had a hard time with our serve receive. Throughout the morning, I was pleased with our aggressiveness at the net from Cassie Cooks, Josie Strathman and Andrea Sweat. They are starting to get some touches and blocks and tip the ball to open spots.”

The B-team split two matches and lost the third. The splits were against Abilene (25-18, 14-25) and Junction City (25-20, 13-25) and the loss was to Anthony (14-25, 12-25).

“We played some hard teams today, but were able to get several good hits,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “Our passing and serving were not as good as they have been, so that is something we need to work on before Tuesday. However, Katelyn Guffey and N'Dya Collins did a great job serving, only missing one and two, respectively throughout all three games.”

MMS hosts a triangular on Tuesday that also includes Salina Lakewood and Hays.