AUGUSTA — It was back to being business as usual for McPherson High’s volleyball team.
The Bullpups, after a 2-3 finish over the weekend at the star-studded Ottawa Invitational, pounded overmatched AVCTL Division III members Augusta and El Dorado Tuesday night to improve to 24-4.
The third-ranked (Class 4A Division I) Bullpups displayed the form that had propelled them to 20 wins in their first 21 matches of the year.
“The girls were on task,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “We wanted to keep working on our faster offense off receive and digs. We needed to make a defensive adjustment we picked up on film from the weekend. In one practice we didn't solve all our defensive problems, but the girls are actively trying to get better on their defensive reads and responsibilities.”
Megan Pedersen swatted down 21 kills to lead the Bullpups, while Magan Alexander added 10. Rhianna Smith was the coach on the floor with 26 assists, while Pedersen added seven. Hannah Marshall furnished 15 digs and Addie Simon contributed nine. Alexander had her hard serve working with seven aces and Pedersen chipped in with three.
All in all, it was a good tuneup for Saturday’s McPherson Invitational.
“Our hitting numbers were good tonight as a team,” Doile said. “Magan A (Alexander) had her tough serving going again, mixed in with some short serves. Taylor Neufeldt came in to serve a few aces.”
The Bullpups’ invite on Saturday could include the best field in the history of the event. While MHS is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A Division I, Hillsboro is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A with a 17-1 record (before Tuesday), while Bishop Carroll and Hutchinson are ranked in Class 5A and 6A, respectively.
• MHS JVs triumph — The Bullpups improved their record to 16-8 with a sweep of the evening.
The Bullpups twice defeated Augusta 25-21 and then took the measure of El Dorado, 25-15, 25-18.
MHS coach Diane Marshall said it was a team effort.