Canton-Galva won last week's team tournament.
The McPherson College summer volleyball camp and competition is in its final week with the fast four matches going on through Thursday. The camp opened with fundamentals and skills sessions in week one, followed by a team tournament in week two.
Canton-Galva won last week's team tournament, defeating Smoky Valley in the finals on Wednesday night. The three nights of play also included teams from McPherson and Burrton. After two nights of round-robin play the four teams played a single-elimination tournament on Wednesday to determine a champion.
This week's fast four competition pairs up players each night, who then are combined on teams of four. They play seven to 10 games a night, rotating teams for each 10-minute game. The pair with the highest number of wins is declared the winner of the night.
"It's five dollars a night per player and they come on whichever nights they can," said McPherson College coach Jessica Cleveland. "It is just one last chance for them to get in some preseason work before their seasons begin next week.
Cleveland said the three weeks of play is beneficial to her and her staff as well, as it acts as their preseason to their preseason, giving them the opportunity to get physically and mentally prepared. The Bulldog athletes report to campus Thursday and begin their workouts with three-a-days on Monday.
"This is also a fundraiser for us," commented Cleveland. "And it gives us a chance to build relationships with players and coaches across mid-Kansas. Anything we can do to help grow volleyball in the area and help players get better is always a good thing."
Cleveland enters her second season with the Bulldogs, coming up from Hesston College before the 2016-2017 school year. Last year's team set a school record for wins, going 21-12 overall. The Bulldogs' season ended with a three-set loss to Ottawa College in the conference championship. At today's Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball preseason meeting, McPherson was selected by the coaches to finish sixth in KCAC play this year.
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