FORT RILEY — McPherson’s seventh-grade volleyball team completed its season Thursday by competing in the Fort Riley quad.
The A-team went 1-2, with the win coming against Fort Riley (25-13, 25-22). The losses were to Junction City (22-25, 21-25) and Salina Lakewood (26-24, 8-25, 2-15).
“The girls gave great effort today,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “We played well against Fort Riley and had fun. Against Junction City, there were too many balls that hit the floor that we didn't make plays on and we missed some key serves in that match. Lakewood is a good team, and we improved every time we played them this year. They beat us with their serving and attacking. Our passing just wasn't on. They tipped the ball a lot, and Shelby Bontrager did a nice job of covering that, especially in the second and third sets.”
There were other standouts on the day, Bohme said.
“Taylor Bruce did an outstanding job serving today,” she said. “Anna Nason, Ally Soukup and Briana Ruth all came in off the bench and made some serves and had some great passes. Cassie Cooks, Andrea Sweat and Josie Strathman played the net well. Ariana Potter and Lakyn Schieferecke had great hustle. I am so proud of how much the girls improved over the course of the season.”
The B-team also wrapped up by going 2-1. It defeated Fort Riley (25-23, 25-22) and Junction City (25-18, 25-10), while losing to Salina Lakewood (24-26, 25-20, 6-15).
“The girls played really well today,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “They had fun and never gave up. Our passing was great, but we still struggled with some of our serves. We have been back and forth with Lakewood all season and the girls played a hard match against them today. We made a few silly mistakes which caused us to lose our momentum. Overall the girls should be extremely proud of how hard they played today.”