It was another full day of volleyball on Monday for McPherson Middle School, which had a 6-2 day.
• 8th Grade A — The Bullpups remained undefeated with a road sweep of Salina Lakewood (25-15, 25-20) and Hutchinson (25-23, 15-25, 15-7). The sweep improved them to 9-0.
“We ended up playing early because Hutch's bus broke down on the way, so we were a little rusty and out of sorts to start the first set against Lakewood,” MMS coach Jacque Colgrove said. “We had quite a few hitting errors and mental mistakes in both matches, but the girls stayed tough and finished both matches on a strong note. We will probably be seeing Hutch in the league tournament, so we need to keep working hard to fix the little mistakes. I am extremely proud of the mental toughness these girls have developed this season and it shows they want to win it all.”
• 8th Grade B — With a sweep of the day (21-25, 25-14, 15-9 over Salina Lakewood and 25-18, 25-18 over Hutchinson), the Bullpups are now 11-2.
“Against Lakewood, it took us a while to get started,” MMS coach Aimee McDaniel said. “We stayed focused and confident, and started making our serves and playing our game in the second set. We continued this through the third set for a win. We had excellent teamwork and passed the ball well against Hutchinson. I was proud of our team for being aggressive throughout the match.”
• 7th Grade A — The Bullpups broke into the win column for the first time this season by defeating Salina Lakewood (25-13, 25-20) after having lost to Hutchinson (24-26, 6-25) in a home triangular.
“Our win over Lakewood was our first of the season and it's always exciting to get that first win,” said MMS coach Shelly Bohme, whose team is 1-8. “Overall, I thought we played well tonight. The second set against Hutch was rocky, but the girls really pulled together in the other three sets of the night. We've been emphasizing the importance of playing as a team and I think it's starting to click. We attacked the ball at the net more tonight than we have been, so I liked our aggressiveness there, we just had some mis-hits. We are doing more of the little things better and our communication on the court is improving. I'm so proud of how much the girls have improved.”
• 7th Grade B — The Bullpups also split this match, winning against Salina Lakewood (25-18, 25-18) after having lost to Hutchinson (8-25, 13-25).
MMS is now 2-11.
“The girls looked the best I've seen them all season tonight,” MMS coach Abby Bradstreet said. “We were setting the ball up to hit and our communication as a team was excellent. It's exciting to watch the girls improve so much from the beginning of the season. Our serves and passes are still areas we need to work on but they are getting better all of the time.”