It was the season opener for McPherson Middle School’s volleyball teams here Tuesday, with the eighth-graders sweeping and the seventh-graders being swept in matches with Goddard.
• 8th-Grade A — The Bullpups came away with 25-13 and 25-22 victories.
“For the first match of the season, the girls played well,” MMS coach Jacque Colgrove said. “The excitement level was up for the entire match. We had a few good pass-set-hit sequences where we will able to put the ball down and score some points. There is room for improvement in the serving and receiving game, as we missed too many serves and had some mental errors on receiving.”
• 8th-Grade B — The Bullpups made quick work of Goddard, 25-7 and 25-16.
“The girls were excited and ready to get the season started,” MMS coach Aimee McDaniel said. “They have worked hard in practice to prepare themselves for this first match. They served aggressive and passed the ball well.”
• 7th Grade A — After being routed 25-8 by Goddard in the first set, the Bullpups were much more competitive in the second, losing 26-24 in overtime.
“I think our nerves got the better of us in the first set,” MMS coach Shelly Bohme said. “We played very timid and let balls drop on the floor. We struggled with serve receive, and as a result did not have many opportunities to serve and only made half of those. We looked like a completely different team in the second set. We were able to get some passes to our setters and attack, but our serving was the big difference. We went to the serving line 24 times and made 75 percent of those. Kelcie Kynaston especially served well in that set. Overall, I was pleased with the effort. Our focus for the next few practices will be serving and serve receive.”
• 7th Grade B — Goddard came away with 25-11, 25-10 victories.
“It's always nice to get the first game under our belts,” Bullpup coach Abby Bradstreet said. “We had some good plays, but need to improve on our communication, aggressiveness and serving. Many of the girls on this team have never played a game of volleyball before, so it was fun for them to finally play in their first game.”