It was a long time in coming, but the McPherson High School volleyball team ran the table during the Newton Invitational Saturday, adding another coaching feather to the hat of head coach Christy Doile.
It was the first time a Doile-coached Bullpup team had won the invite in her eight years as head coach.
The Pups rolled through pool play, defeating Salina South 2-0 (25-9, 25-12), Wichita Northwest 2-0 (25-10, 25-16) and Hays 2-0 (25-13, 25-19). The final match of morning in pool play was what Doile considered their toughest, as the Bullpups faced Andover Central in a battle of 3-0 teams, as far as pool play was concerned.
MHS had a somewhat easy go of it in the first set, winning 25-15, but Central gave the Pups a fight in set two before falling 25-21, setting up a championship match between McPherson and Goddard-Eisenhower.
McPherson took care of business in set one, winning 25-14, but lost a bit of urgency in set two, allowing Eisenhower to get the set tied at 20-20.
“As thrilled as I was with the effort and intensity of set one,” Doile said, “those feelings seemed to fade as we were tied in set two.”
The Lady Pups refocused for the final five points, however, scoring the 21st point out of serve receive, which was a kill from senior Janae Barnes off an assist from Moira Pyle. Megan Pedersen nailed an ace on the serve for set point to pick up the championship over Eisenhower 25-20.
The Pups (17-1) are back on the court this evening, as they will participate in a triangular at Circle High School that also includes Mulvane.