McPherson High’s volleyball team completed a perfect run through Division III of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League on Tuesday, putting the finishing touches on a 10-0 league ledger with a Senior Night sweep of El Dorado and Buhler at the Roundhouse.
The Bullpups won the league by three games over Circle. They’ll take a splendid 34-5 record to Ulysses on Saturday for a four-team sub-state where three of the teams are ranked in the Top 10.
The Bullpups defeated El Dorado (25-14, 25-23) and then knocked off a Buhler team it most likely will face in the first round on Saturday (25-17, 25-20). Buhler outlasted El Dorado in the other match.
“Team's performance, overall, not too bad,” MHS coach Christy Doile said. “We had more good things happen than bad. We need to establish our middles and right side, to help keep our outside hitters with a split or single block. We need to be more disciplined on our blocking form and our defensive assignments.”
It was a nice way for the seniors to go out, Doile said.
“(Our seniors are) multi-sport athletes that committed themselves to multiple programs in our high school,” Doile said. “I'm thankful for them wanting to be part of our program. We are grateful for their leadership and athletic ability. They are great role models for our athletes by embracing being a multi-sport athlete.”
Against El Dorado, Elle Barrett had 10 kills, Jaycee Burghart notched 20 assists and Michaela Bowers led in digs with 8, while Bailea Crist had 7. Against Buhler, Barrett had 12 more kills, Burghart added 18 assists and Crist led in digs with 9. Andrea Sweat was the block leader for the two matches with 4.
Doile said for the Bullpups to make state for an eighth straight year, they’ll have to fend off a talented field.
“We will most likely play Buhler (first) on Saturday,” Doile said. “They have taken us to three (sets) before and we are pretty familiar with each other. They have some key hitters that we need to shut down. Ulysses and Hays both have a dominate player. Ulysses has a 6-1 outside hitter and Hays has the coach's daughter that hits outside and sets. Both teams have had a successful season.”
MHS’ JVs wrapped up their season with a sweep, defeating El Dorado (25-19, 25-22) and Buhler (25-19, 27-25). The team had gone 2-3 over the weekend at Newton, with the wins coming against Campus (25-14, 25-18) and Salina South (25-12, 25-22). The Bullpups lost to Newton, Derby and Maize.
• FINAL STANDINGS •
McPherson, 10-0 (34-5)
Circle, 7-3 (20-15)
Augusta, 5-5 (16-18)
Buhler, 4-6 (17-18)
El Dorado, 3-7 (18-19)
Winfield, 1-9 (3-32)