CLEARWATER — It was little more than a formality for the McPherson High volleyball team on Tuesday as it completed regular-season play with no-stress victories over Clearwater and Circle.
The Bullpups routed the host team (25-12, 25-11) and then dispatched with Circle (25-14, 25-15).
MHS will take a 31-6 record into Saturday’s sub-state at the Roundhouse, with other teams including Ulysses, Buhler and Hays. The only losses for the Bullpups this season came in tournament play, three of them in Ottawa.
Megan Pedersen threw down 25 kills, while Megan Alexander and Hannah Marshall added 14 and 13, respectively.
Rhianna Smith’s 29 assists were tops, with Pedersen furnishing 14 more. Addie Simon led the way in digs with 18, while also in doubles were Marshall (10) and Ashtyn Schieferecke (10). Alexander had a pair of aces.
“We played very well and hope to continue to see the effort and efficiency on Saturday,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “Our goal was to pass over 2.25, keep more of our serves in, be aware of points in a row given away (keep that number to 3 or less), hit as a team over .200, close more blocks and we met our goals. (Hannah) Marshall came alive on the OH by mixing her sets or her offensive plan. We worked in a new play/set for Magan Alexander and it was successful. Megan Pedersen was more of an offensive-minded setter last night and we liked the results. The entire defense passed to target more consistently.”
The MHS JVs received much more of a push, winning in three sets against Clearwater (21-25, 25-22, 27-25) and scraping past Circle (25-18, 28-26).
“There was not an easy point the entire night,” said MHS coach Diane Marshall, whose team finished with a splendid 22-11 record. “We had to make a few lineup changes due to injury and illness and the girls handled it like champs. Sydney Ruder pulled on the libero jersey for the first time ever and did an amazing job for us on the back row. Mandi Cooks and Rachel Dossett (playing with an ankle injury from the night before) were great in the middle, and Sydney Mossman put some nice balls down on her first night as an outside hitter. The Schrag sisters, Brooke and Elle, ran the offense, while Kam Collins and Chayce Pontious were steady as usual.”
The pairings for Saturday’s sub-state are expected to be announced later today.