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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Lady Bulldogs knock off Swedes 3-0

  • It was a McPherson controlled match in the county-rivalry competition between MC and the Bethany College Swedes.
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  • It was a McPherson controlled match in the county-rivalry competition between MC and the Bethany College Swedes.  
    The Lady 'Dogs took sets one and two by a combined score of 50-31 and the final, 25-22.
    Mac improves to 17-16 for the year and 7-8 in conference with three matches to play in the regular season.
     The Swedes are now 1-13 in the KCAC, and 5-21 overall.
    The Bulldog made quick work of the Lady Swedes in the first two sets, using their agility to give them the edge.
    They won game one 25-16 and the second 25-15. In the final set of the match, Bethany gave MC a run for their money as they posted 22 points but it was not enough to steal one from the 'Dogs as Mac won 25-22.
    "We played hard and did some really good things tonight," Swede coach Nathalea Stephenson said. "We just couldn't finish long rallies."
    The Bulldogs’ Cortlyne Huppe was a beast at the net, logging 14 kills on 26 attempts for a 42.3 hitting percentage from her middle position.
    Freshman outside hitter Taylor Johnson ended the match with 13 kills and 11 digs, second on the team in both categories.
     Setter Rachel Phillips closed out the contest with 29 assists, a team-high 15 digs and one kill.
    MC still ranks second in the NAIA in digs per set with 19.96 and fifth in total digs at 2235.
    With the victory, McPherson is fifth in the conference standings.
     Senior Maria Bujanda led the Bethany offense with 17 kills, followed by sophomore Bryanna Cool with eight.
    Freshman Eileen Vlamis totaled 16 kills on the night as junior Alexa Gerber added 13. Senior Sarah Phelps recorded nine digs as Gerber, senior Kaitlyn Davis, and sophomore Quethzally Chaparro each contributed eight.
    Bujanda and Cool combined for one assisted block while Bujanda threw down two solo blocks.
    Junior Ariel Buhr added one service ace.
    The Lady 'Dogs are back on the road on Saturday as they take on Bethel College in North Newton. Start time for varsity is set for 7 p.m.
    The Swedes host the University of Saint Mary on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Bethany also hosts Southwestern Christian University on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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