McPherson High volleyball coach Christy Doile says Bullpup fans have yet to see her team put its best foot forward at the Roundhouse.
The Bullpups hope to bring their A-game on Saturday when they host the Class 4A Division I sub-state, with the winner moving on to Salina next week for state play.
“We want to play well at home, we haven't played to our potential at home yet,” said Doile, whose team is the No. 2 seed despite a sparkling 31-6 record and No. 3 state ranking. “We were not proud of our level of play or consistency at our home invite. We want to show the home crowd what we looked like at the Newton Invite and even at Clearwater on Tuesday. We looked sharp.”
The Bullpups will be waiting as top-seed Ulysses (34-2) and Buhler (16-20) play the first match at 2 p.m. Twenty minutes after that match is over, it’s the Bullpups and Hays (26-9), with the championship match 10 minutes after that.
“Hays was at Newton Invite and didn't make the Final 4,” Doile said. “They at least lost to Newton and Andover Central that day. We have watched film on them. They have a strong lefty middle and they have been winning. I don't feel like they played their best at the Newton Invite. The other players look solid and each are playing their role.”
Of course, Ulysses is the unknown factor. Despite having the best record in 4A Division I, nobody really knows what to make of the Tigers, who are ranked just No. 9 and probably feel like they have a lot to prove.
“They have set the school record for wins this season,” Doile said. “They have had a tremendous season.”
MHS qualified for state last year after winning the title in 2012 and taking second in 2011.